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NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, is an internationally renowned art and design academy. Founded in 1980, NABA is the largest private art academy in Italy. It offers bachelor’s 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 will develop your craft while preparing for the world of work. NABA has spent decades cultivating relationships with prestigious design companies and studios, and you will 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.
The Milan campus, set in the beautiful and historic Navigli area, comprises of 13 modern buildings spread over 17,000 square metres. Our design laboratories, cutting-edge tools, and classrooms are constantly updated so that your work can be as fresh and relevant as possible. With 4000 students from 70 countries on our campus, NABA is a truly multicultural environment. You will have a chance to collaborate with and learn new approaches from your international peers.
To offer students the opportunity of developing their design skills in the city that originated and shaped Western art and culture, NABA is opening a new location in Rome in 2019. Set in a central area and well connected to Rome’s world-famous archaeological sites, art museums and lively neighbourhoods, the new school occupies 2 historical buildings and features cutting-edge laboratories as well as student spaces, lounge rooms and a library.
Department of Multimedia Visual Communication
Department of Artistic Design For The Enterprise
Department of New Technologies of Art
Department of Painting
Department of Scenography
The academy was founded in Milan in 1980 on the impulse of Guido Ballo, Tito Varisco and Ausonio Zappa, who wanted to establish a new institute that would age the consolidated system of art and the related creative professions, enhancing artistic skills and activities closer to the contemporary world.
In 1995, the Academy received a certificate of civic merit from the mayor of Milan. In 2002 he joined the Bastogi Group and joined Futurarium, a post-University School of aesthetics founded by Alessandro Guerriero. In 2004 he moved to via Darwin in Milan. In 2009 the Academy became part of" Graduate Education", an international network of more than 54 accredited institutions offering first and second level degree courses.
Among his activities also participation through advertising campaigns at social events, such as the festival of goods confiscated from the mafias of which he realized through his students the campaign of the 2012 edition.
In 2019, the headquarters in Rome was inaugurated.
NABA is a private legally recognised Academy of Fine Arts, regulated by the Higher Education in Art and Music (AFAM) system, a section of the Italian university system governed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Under this accreditation, NABA upholds rigorous admissions standards, and our degree programs have a restricted number of available places.
For both European and non-European students, admission depends on fulfilling minimum educational and language requirements, and passing an admissions test. Documents for admission requirements :
- Secondary/high school diploma
In order to enroll in a Bachelor of Arts program, you must either have an Italian secondary school diploma (maturità) or an equivalent secondary/high school diploma that is legalized by the Italian embassy located in the country whose educational system the title belongs to. This diploma must be translated and notarized by the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the diploma was issued, regardless of the school’s actual location. For example, if you studied on the French campus of a German school and received a diploma issued by the German Ministry of Education, that diploma must be validated by the Italian consulate in Germany. The embassy or consulate will provide a “Declaration of Value” (Dichiarazione di valore in loco) for the diploma.
- 12 years of school
You must have attended school for at least 12 years before earning your secondary school diploma. For more information, see the FAQ section below.
International students must have reached or surpassed the complete B1 (intermediate) level of Italian language knowledge, as established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). In order to prove the required Italian language knowledge level, you must submit the Italian language certificate, issued by an authorized institution. The language certificate shall be submitted within one month before the beginning of the program and should not be older than 2 years.
Language Requirements for english programmes
Students are required to submit evidence of the knowledge of the English language. The language certificate shall be submitted within one month before the beginning of the program and should not be older than 2 years.
To complete the pre-enrolment procedure with NABA, admitted students are requested to return the matriculation form and pay the pre-enrolment fee. Only then you will receive an official enrolment certificate including information on the status of your admission to submit to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your home Country in order to apply for your study visa.
The pre-enrollment will give you the possibility to study at NABA and allow you to obtain the study VISA from the Italian authorities. Students are asked to fill in a form called A-Bis (available at the Italian Embassy/Consulate or in their website) within a specific deadline, which varies according to the yearly guidelines provided by the Italian Ministry of Education. Pre-enrolment sessions are usually scheduled between May and June of each year.
Necessary for all students who have gained a high school diploma different from the Italian one called Maturità, and which consists in:
1. Diploma traslated into italian or substitute certificate) legalized by the competent authorities in the country where the diploma was issued.
2. Declaration of value of Second School diploma (Dichiarazione di valore in loco).The “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” is the document attesting that the study qualification you obtained is valid to study at Italian Universities/Academies as long as it proves:
- to be a final official title of the higher Secondary School of the foreign education system
- the study title allows to enter a graduate program which is comparable to the Italian BA Degree
- the study title is obtained at the end of a period of study lasting at least 12 years
- In case a national test or final exam is necessary to enter a higher education institution in the student’s country of origin, such test/exam is also mandatory for entering Italian BA programs and should be reported in the DOV (Gao Kao and Yi Kao in China, YGS in Turkey, …).
NABA is the largest private art academy in Italy. It offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Italian and English that are accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research(MIUR).
The formal system for accreditation of State University programs in Italy began in 1933. This law accredits a set of Universities, faculties, and courses. It involves two separate but correlated programs that were instituted at the same time: First, each University went through a four-step process to adopt and approve its own Regolamenti Didattici di Ateneo (RDA). The RDA establishes the rules for the organisation of teaching at the university, including establishing the requirements and objectives of each degree program, the curricula, credits awarded and requirements and objectives of examinations.
The RDA's were developed in consultation with representatives of the individual university, the regional coordinating committee (CRC), employers and the National University Council and are ultimately approved by the Ministry of Education (MIUR). Second, a series of formal, objective standards was adopted as minimum requirements for approval of any programs.
NABA supports its students in finding accommodation in private apartments and/or managed by selected providers. On Housing website you can find studio apartments, single rooms or shared with other students, located near the Campus, including photos, costs, location and services.
NABA assures assistance to students to help them register with the Italian National Health Service. It advises students on access to a General Practitioner, and helps them to book general and specialist medical consultations.
Free counselling service
A free counselling service is available to all students on campus. The service aims to offer confidential listening to students, run by a professional counsellor, to help dealing with any difficulties that can emerge in different areas of their lives, including study, interpersonal relationships, their growth path, being away from home, coming from a different cultural context to the one they now experience, difficulty relating to other students, relationship problems, completing their academic career, etc.
Dervice for students with learning disabilities
The service for students with learning disabilities is to assist them in the educational experience, specifically using compensatory tools for examinations and/or for removal of obstacles in the learning process.
NABA does not offer specific tutoring or specially created learning tools, but it is committed to listening, informing and paying attention to be sure to remove any obstacles to the learning process and the use of spaces, equipment and services.To monitor student satisfaction and collect suggestions that can be used to improve the education and services offered, NABA uses the various tools, such as: assessment questionnaires, dedicated meeting with student groups (Student Council and Student Forum), spontaneous meetings in various offices working in contact with the public, and a specific module, available from the Library, to point out any problems found and/or suggestions to improve services.
NABA organises and supports the Student Council “Consulta degli Studenti” with activities to promote integration and socialisation among students, such as: welcome and interaction projects between Italian and international students (see “Buddy Project”), sports teams and participation in official university tournaments and courses for free time.
Rooms for studies
Computer room, equipped with large Apple monitors and access to Internet and NABA’s intranet, where you can prepare personal and class projects Study room, where you can study in a quiet environment between classes.Lounge rooms, where you can enjoy your free time alone or with friends
NABA students can take advantage of the numerous deals the Academy has developed with various off-campus services and shops. These deals include discounts at art shops, sports centres, copy shops, medical centres and spas, cultural centers, theatres and various types of shops, as well as bars and restaurants near to the Campus. A list of the specific agreements is available in the “MyNaba” student intranet. The Milan Identity Card, promoted by the initiative of Milano City Municipality and Chamber of Commerce, is available for NABA students and entitles them to discounts on the cost of admission to some of the most important cultural centres in Milan, is among the multiple advantages offered. These centres include: La Triennale di Milano, Piccolo Teatro, the Museum of Science and Technology, etc.
NABA’s library collection contains more than 12,000 books, 50 magazine subscriptions, and 400 DVDs about various fields (graphic design, art, architecture, cinema), all for your free use in a quiet and beautiful place. The collection also hosts the degree theses of all our students from 2007 until the present.
NABA recognizes the importance of knowing English for studying and working in the global art and design scene. The school has therefore made it a priority that all bachelor’s students will graduate with a B1+ level of English (or above).To that end, NABA has created its Language Centre to help students reach this level of English proficiency. The Language Centre organizes English courses, free of charge, at different levels. These courses run either for a semester or as an intensive two-week course. The Centre also organizes remedial courses for students who wish to attend a degree program in English but don’t have the necessary English level at the time of enrollment.