Year founded: 1980

Number of students: around 4,000

Areas of teaching: Communication and Graphic Design, Design, Fashion Design, Media Design and New Technologies, Set Design, Visual Arts

Locations: Milan and Rome

Industry Relations & Career assistance services: NABA offers a dedicated career service to support student placement that includes professional coaching, recruiting days, individual sessions, curriculum vitae and portfolio reviews and events.

NABA is an international Academy focusing on arts and design: it is the largest private Academy in Italy, and the first one to have been recognised by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR), back in 1981. NABA is considered as one of the world’s top schools for art and design: it was selected by Frame and included in the Masterclass Frame Guide to the 30 World’s Leading Graduate Design and Fashion Schools, and it was chosen by Domus Magazine as one of the Europe’s Top 100 schools of Architecture and Design.

NABA was founded in 1980 in Milan, world capital of fashion and design, upon the private initiative of prominent artists such as Ausonio Zappa, Guido Ballo, Gianni Colombo, Franco Grignani, Carlo Mo, Emilio Tadini, Tito Varisco and Luigi Veronesi, with the objective of questioning the strictness of academic tradition and introducing visions and languages closer to contemporary artistic practices and to the system of art and creative professions.

NABA provides a wide range of programmes to meet the needs of Italian and international art and design students:
– Three-year Bachelors of Arts (180 CFA): Graphic Design and Art Direction, Design, Fashion Design, Creative Technologies, Media Design and Multimedia Arts, Set Design, Painting and Visual Arts;
– Two-year Masters of Arts (120 CFA): Communication Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design*, Interior Design, Product and Service Design, Social Design, Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies, New Technologies for Arts;
– One-year Academic Masters (60 CFA): Photography and Visual Design, Contemporary Art Markets, Creative Advertising;
– Semester Abroad Programmes, Summer Courses.

*Starting from A.Y. 2021/22

The three-year Bachelor of Arts Degree Programmes, the two-year Master of Arts Degree Programmes and the one-year Academic Master Programmes lead to the attainment of legally recognised degrees and to the achievement of educational credits that allow students to continue their studies in Italian and foreign academies and universities.

Currently the courses are attended by around 4,000 students from all over Italy and from around 80 international countries.
The continued success of NABA is based on the multidisciplinary approach of all its programmes and relies upon a well-balanced combination of theory taught by distinguished professionals and practical work with leading companies and studios.

Students and graduates of NABA have access to the school’s network of relationships with prestigious companies and have been successfully placed in leading firms in the fields of art, design, fashion, graphics and media including – among others – 3M, Accor Hotels, Adidas, Arctic Paper, Arena, Armando Testa, Auchan, Bestway, Cassina, Cisco, Converse, Dalani, Easyjet, Ethiad Airways, Fondazione Teatro alla Scala, Forbo, Freeda, Fremantle Media, Havaianas, Henkel, HP, Ideal Standard, John Richmond, Kuraray, La Triennale di Milano, Lampo, Lectra, LOVO, Luxottica, MAXXI Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, MM Spa, Missoni, Nestlè, Pernod Ricard, Porsche, RCS, Repower, Riva 1920, Rosato, San Benedetto, Shang Xia, Skira, Sodexo, Tucano, Whirlpool.