NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, is an internationally renowned art and design academy located at the centre of MILAN’S world-famous design scene.  At NABA, you'll gain a global, multidisciplinary knowledge of your craft that will prepare you to launch an exciting career in art and design. Founded in 1980, NABA is the largest private art academy in Italy. It offers bachelor and master’s degree programs in Italian and in English that are accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). As a student at NABA, you’ll develop your craft while preparing for the world of work. NABA has spent decades cultivating relationships with prestigious design companies and studios, and you’ll have the chance to work on real-world project briefs given by these companies. This emphasis on hands-on practice, balanced with lectures about art and design theory, is what makes NABA’s academic methodology so successful and unique. Within one year of graduation, 89% of our alumni find jobs. NABA is a member of Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 80 accredited campus-based and online universities in 28 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Through this network, NABA students can take advantage of amazing study abroad opportunities at Laureate art and design schools worldwide. Laureate universities share a mission to make outstanding higher education accessible and affordable so that more students can pursue their dreams.

1 - WHAT MAKES OUR SCHOOL UNIQUE? For more than 35 years, NABA has been continuously refining its unique methodology, which encompasses a wide variety of learning experiences: from theoretical lectures to hands-on practice, from individual project work to team collaboration, and from self-study to mentorship. Across these modes of study, our outstanding faculty members emphasize free experimentation and interdisciplinary innovation, and they constantly highlight connections between artistic and professional contexts. Thanks to NABA’s long-standing collaborations with leading Italian and international companies, students have the valuable opportunity to create design responses to actual company briefs. Thus, students gain real-world experience that develops their critical thinking, conceptual problem solving, and practical design skills.

2 - DOES THE SCHOOL HAVE A GOOD REPUTATION? NABA consistently receives the highest accolades from design opinion leaders and independent authorities. In recent years, it has been featured in Frame Publisher’s Masterclass Frame Guide to the World’s Leading Graduate Schools in Fashion Design and in Frame’s corresponding guide to leading schools in product design. NABA has also been listed in Domus Magazine’s Top 100 Schools of Architecture and Design in Europe.  NABA students have won awards in several international contests, including: Vogue Italia’s Who’s on Next? Accessori 2012, Orange vous confie les clés by Orange France, Lipton Ice Tea Limited Edition 2012, Milano Moda Graduate by the Italian National Chamber of Fashion, and a cover design contest hosted by Rolling Stone. Our students have also been finalists in contests hosted by ADCI (Art Directors Club Italiano: ADCI), by Design and Art Direction (D&AD), and by Vogue Talents.  NABA is a member of the prestigious Industrial Design Association (ADI). NABA is recognized by the Italian National Chamber of Fashion, which organizes Milan’s Fashion Weeks.

3 - DOES THE SCHOOL HELP STUDENTS FIND INTERNSHIPS AND JOBS? DOES IT OFFER ONGOING SUPPORT TO ALUMNI? NABA has more than 35 years of successful partnerships with major global companies, resulting in a proven track record of career placement opportunities for our graduating students. NABA boasts excellent placement rates, with 80% of our alumni working within one year of graduation. Today, former NABA students are working in top companies and institutions in Italy and abroad, such as: Alcantara, Giorgio Armani, Costume National, Jil Sander, Marni, Miroglio Fashion, Pirelli (PZ ero), The Swatch Group, Trussardi, and Driade. Through our dedicated Career and Placement Office, NABA helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers.  The Career and Placement office has internship agreements with Armando Testa, BMW, Diesel, Giugiaro Architettura, Gucci, Luceplan, Pininfarina, Pirelli, Etro, Luxottica, Nestléè Italia, and Siemens. The office also gives students valuable advice and assistance in drafting their résumés, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios.  If you are considering applying to NABA, we have a dedicated team of educational advisors who will be happy to give you information on program curricula, post-graduation career opportunities, and the companies that collaborate with each program.

4 - IS THE SCHOOL NATIONALLY ACCREDITED, AND ARE ITS DEGREES ACCREDITED? Many people fail to ask this question when researching design schools, but it’s very important. Companies want staff members who have a top-quality education, so they look for new hires with degrees from accredited institutions. They know these institutions are more likely to offer academically rigorous degrees. For students, earning a degree from an accredited school gives them a better chance of having their credits transferred, should they decide to earn a graduate or doctoral level degree from another reputable university. Accredited at both the university and program levels by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and, Research (MIUR) since 1981, NABA offers rigorous, internationally recognized degrees for bachelor and master’s students.

5 - DO THE FACULTY HAVE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE? All of NABA’s lecturers are professionals in their fields: they come from leading design and architecture studios, fashion companies, advertising and marketing agencies, and art and culture institutions. still more are renowned art curators, critics, published authors, or contributors to influential art and design magazines. And all bring a current, real-world perspective to their lectures and workshops.  All faculty members have the required academic qualifications.


Location & Facilities

NABA’s location in Milan, - the world’s capital of fashion and design, gives students the chance to participate in international design events and contests. They can also visit design studios, manufacturing facilities, flagship stores, and top galleries and museums. Our campus is located in the Navigli (canals) district, one of the most loveliest and liveliest areas of Milan. The 17,000 sq. m. campus boasts an excellent IT infrastructure and features laboratories for computer graphics, video editing, 2D and 3D modelling, sound design, tailoring, printmaking, model-making, painting, and light design.

Set in the beautiful and historic NAVIGLI AREA of Milan, NABA’s CAMPUS comprises of 13 modern buildings spread over 17,000 sq. m. Our design laboratories, cutting-edge tools, and classrooms are constantly updated so that your work can be as fresh and relevant as possible.

With 3000 students from 70 countries on our campus, NABA is a truly multicultural environment. You’ll have a chance to collaborate with and learn new approaches from your international peers.

MILAN: THE WORLD’S EPICENTER OF FASHION AND DESIGN: For decades, Milan has been a magnet for top designers, a place where brilliant and creative minds come to make their fortunes in fashion and design. What better place to learn the craft? In Milan, you’ll enjoy a rare level of access and immersion in design. You’ll be exposed to Italy’s finest artisan resources, production, and fabrication facilities. You can attend and even participate in world-famous design shows and exhibitions, including Milan’s Salone del Mobile and Fashion Weeks. You’ll be among the first to know about the latest trendsetting work, and you’ll have the chance to make valuable career connections. Bring your talent to this unique city and see where it takes you.  If you are passionate about design and the arts, if you want to develop your passion into a fulfilling career, come to the city where design and the arts are part of a rich historical past, a vibrant present, and a thrilling future.  A CITY RICH IN HISTORY, YOUNG IN SPIRIT:  Artistic expression has been a fundamental, vital element of Italian culture for centuries. You see it in the ancient ruins, the classic architecture, the timeless paintings and sculpture. You see it in each newly launched fashion label and product brand, and in exhibitions that feature some the most innovative designs being conceived and produced anywhere in the world.  A CITY THAT LIVES AND BREATHES ART: Milan is a full immersion in all forms of art. You’ll find yourself surrounded by a thriving contemporary art scene; a bold avant-garde theatre community; world-class galleries, museums, design studios, and showrooms; and cutting-edge interaction design and media production companies.

A CITY IN THE HEART OF EUROPE: Milan is ideally located in Europe for maximum travel opportunities and fun. You can explore the spectacular alpine and lakeside beauty of northern Italy just take a train to Venice, and Tuscany, Umbria, Rome... Or hop a plane to spend the weekend in France, Germany, or even the UK or Spain! The possibilities really are endless. Italy is a country with extraordinarily beautiful landscapes and dynamic urban scenes. You’ll understand why Italy has nurtured the passions of artists and designers for centuries. NABA’s campus has good public transportation connections to major airports and train stations.

HOUSING:  NABA will actively support you in your search for accommodations in Milan. NABA collaborates with selected housing providers and private landlords to make a wide range of accommodations available to students. Immediately after you pay your pre-enrolment fee, you can begin surfing NABA’s housing website, where you can choose among a number of rooms in apartments managed by the school. Options include studio apartments and single/double rooms in apartments shared with other students—all within walking distance of campus. The housing website includes photographs and relevant information, such as price, location, and facilities. If you need temporary accommodations, NABA has also special deals with hostels, private homes, and hotels.


List of Departments (Faculties)

(Visual Arts) and APPLIED ARTS DEPARTMENT (Design, Fashion, Graphic & Communication, Media Design, Theatre and Exhibit Design)



Courses offered

Undergraduate programs, Postgraduate programs, Advanced Training, Summer courses, Semester abroad programs

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS: Design, Digital Production*, Fashion Design, Graphic, Design & Art Direction, Media Design and Multimedia Arts, Painting and Visual Arts, Theatre Design

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS: Interior Design, Product Design, Fashion and Textile Design

Communication Design, Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies, Contemporary Art Markets, Photography and Visual Design, Creative Advertising.












OTHER PROGRAMS: SUMMER COURSES: Design Area, Fashion Design Area, Visual & Digital Arts Area, Italian Culture & Lifestyle; ADVANCED TRAININGS: Fashion in Residence and SEMESTER ABROAD PROGRAMS




NABA is proud to support talented prospective BA STUDENTS with scholarship opportunities and financial aid, through its EARLY BIRD program, with NABA scholarships, or DSU scholarships.  Also, in order to attract talented international students and maintain our culturally diverse academic environment, we reserve a number of THESE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS. Every year, special calls for scholarships are published for both Master of Arts and Academic Master’s programs. The amounts and application requirements vary according to the call. NABA scholarships can be project-based, portfolio-based or DSU scholarships.  FOR INTERNAL NABA STUDENTS: COMPETITION ANNOUNCEMENT related to partial tuition fees exemption for NABA Academic Masters and Two-Year Master of Art Degrees In order to promote excellence in academic disciplines and support its best talented students graduating from its Tree-Years BA courses, NABA offers 16 scholarships that partially cover (40%) the tuition fees to attend Two-Year Master of Art Degrees and Academic Masters starting in SEPTEMBER 2017. Scholarships will be awarded based on the evaluation of the candidate’s portfolio, motivation letter and curriculum vitae. Students who are holding a first-level academic diploma obtained in NABA, or earning that qualification within the last session of academic year 2016/17 can participate.

49 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS: NABA is offering a number of scholarships for each of the postgraduate programs beginning in September 2017. 32 scholarships covering 25% of the tuition fees to attend two-year Master of Art Degrees and Academic Masters, addressed to students having a university degree certificate or a first-level academic diploma or equivalent title (or earning that qualification within the last term of academic year 2016/17), 16 scholarships covering 40% of the tuition fees to attend Two-Year Master of Art Degrees and Academic Masters, addressed to students holding a first-level academic diploma obtained in NABA (or earning that qualification within the last session of academic year 2016/17).  Additionally, to pay homage to its founder Ausonio Zappa, the Academy is awarding a full scholarship to students holding a first-level academic diploma obtained in NABA: the best student, selected by a dedicated jury will win a full scholarship covering 100% of the tuition fee for a Two-Year Master of Arts Degree in NABA.  Also, At a post-graduate level, NABA launches the new portfolio-based scholarships for MA degrees starting in February 2018, by offering a number of scholarships for each of the MA degrees programs beginning in February 2018: 35 scholarships covering 20%, 30%, 40%, 50%, 60% of the tuition fees to attend two-year Master of Art Degrees, addressed to students having a university degree certificate or a first-level academic diploma or equivalent title (or earning that qualification within the last term of academic year 2016/17).



Bachelor of Arts (BA): Non-European (Non EU) Students € 15,950, European (EU) Students: Tuition fee per academic year: Income Bracket Over Euro 100,000: € 13,530; up to Euro100,000 : € 11,460; Up to Euro 70,000:€ 8,430; Up to Euro 45,000: € 7,210; Up to Euro 20,000:€ 5,140. The tuition fee for the three-year Bachelor of Arts Degree / Diploma Programs - Academic Year 2017-2018, varies according to the family income bracket (which should be declared within the European Union):Diploma Program * €15,950: for students who do not meet the entry requirements for admission. Diploma programs have the same curricula and examinations as the BA programs, but lead to a NABA diploma, not a degree) Master of arts: two-year: total fee per academic year EU and Swiss citizens €9,900; non-EU citizens: €13,250 (pre-enrollment ,tuition fees, local community tax, included) Academic Master Program one-year: for EU and Swiss citizens: €12,950 ; non-EU citizens and €16,250 : Includes: Full fee, including enrollment and tuition fees.