Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano

Program Description

Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano




The Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design is an intensive project-based degree.

During this two-year program, you will explore innovative fashion tools and manufacturing processes and the myriad creative possibilities they afford. You’ll develop the capacity to translate ideas into your own fashion language, and you’ll hone your ability to analyze and critique fashion design at a high level.

The program’s main courses rely heavily on project work. By the end of your studies, you will have a portfolio of projects focusing on fashion and textile design. Your work will also integrate elements of accessories and costume design, visual and written storytelling, photography, graphic design, and hat making.

Experienced fashion professionals will mentor you in building a personalized skill set as part of crafting your identity as a fashion designer. Whereas in most schools industry professionals have the role of visiting professors, in this program they lead a full design mentorship experience, monitoring and guiding the development of each student’s individual style and approach to the craft.

The course is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as a Master of Arts degree (120 CFs).

First year

Computer Graphics, Material Culture, Project Methodology, Visual Design, History of Applied Arts, Textile Design I, Fashion Design I, Art Direction, Accessories.

Second year

Fashion Design II, Textile Design II, Textile and New Materials Technologies, Concept Planning, Decoration, Project Management, Fashion Setting.


Study Abroad Opportunities

Through exchange programmes, NABA's International Office encourages and supports students wishing to study abroad.

The office promotes educational experiences at numerous prestigious international partner universities worldwide, including members and non-members of the Laureate International Universities network. Thanks to this vast international network, students at NABA are able to spend periods of study abroad, enriching their educational curriculum and laying the groundwork for increasingly international future careers.

International study opportunities are mainly provided as part of the Erasmus+ project promoted by the European Commission, the International Exchange Program for destinations outside of Europe, the Semester Abroad Program at the Laureate group Universities and short summer courses.

NABA counts more than 50 cooperation agreements with European academies and universities through the Erasmus+ Programme; the Academy also counts more than 20 international cooperation agreements with several universities outside Europe.

Visit this link for more information on the Erasmus+ Programme and international exchange.

Professional Perspectives

Students will master theoretical, technical, and practical design tools that they can apply in a wide range of roles in the fashion industry, including:

  • Fashion designer
  • Textile designer
  • Accessory designer
  • Journalists/fashion critic (for both on line and print media)
  • Art director
  • Creative consultant
  • Entrepreneur who starts a fashion company


NABA's Career Service helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 80% of NABA graduates find employment in positions related to their degree during the first year after graduation*. Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their résumés, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios.

*Data supplied by Demoskopea from NABA 2014 graduates.


NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies which that provide internships for NABA students, including Chanel, Gabs, Staff International, Hugo Boss, Valentino Fashion Group, Ratti, Bembercell, Missoni, Tirelli Costumi, Guccio Gucci, Luisa Beccaria, Gianni Versace, Carrera's, E. C. (Costume National), Corneliani, Lorenzo Riva, Trussardi, Moschino, Federico Sangalli, Jil Sander Italia, Kenzo, ETRO, Gentucca Bini & Father, Gruppo Miroglio, Furla, Ermenegildo Zegna, Mantero, AEFFE, Ports1961.


The MA in Fashion and Textile Design cooperates or has cooperated with: Benny & Javier House of Ninja, Cosmopolitan magazine, Diane Pernet, Filoscozia, Herbal Essences, Lane Cardate, Angela Missoni, Palazzo Morando, Pandora, Woolmark, Rosato, Iceberg, Via Farini, Fabbrica del Vapore, Galleria Arte Passante, Arena, Salon du Chocolat, Francesca Versace, Elio Fiorucci, La Triennale di Milano, Stefanel, Gabs, Franco Gabrielli, Tosca Blu, Pitti Immagine, Camera della Moda, Vogue Talent, Triumph, Alcantara, Linea Pelle, La Rinascente, Assab One, Officine Creative Ansaldo, Gabel.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

Cost & Fees

Per year

  • EU and Swiss citizens: €9.900
  • non-EU citizens: €13.250

Last updated February 21, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Oct. 2017
Feb. 2018
2 years
Full time
9,900 EUR
Italy - Milan
Start date: Oct. 2017
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End date Oct. 2, 2019
Start date: Feb. 2018
Application deadline Request Info
End date Feb. 25, 2019
Oct. 2017
Italy - Milan
Application deadline Request Info
End date Oct. 2, 2019
Feb. 2018
Italy - Milan
Application deadline Request Info
End date Feb. 25, 2019
Per year EU and Swiss citizens: €9.900; non-EU citizens: €13.250

Ritratto di Gruppo / Conversation Piece - Palazzo Morando