NABA takes a broad, interdisciplinary approach to product and interior design, applying a methodological process to design and reflecting the tradition and identity of the Italian design culture.
Students in NABA’s Design Programs develop different scales of design projects by cultivating a conscious relationship between the spatial dimension and the design of products, services, and interaction systems. In their third year, students can choose to specialize in Product Design or Interior Design . Upon completing the BA, they can opt to continue their studies in a two-year master’s program in Product Design or Interior Design. While the BA program focuses on experiences that develop the student’s capacity to manage the technical and decision-making aspects of design, the MA programs promote close cooperation with professionals in an assortment of workshops that expose students to ideas and strategies and enable them to develop their own design visions and identities.
Key themes of the NABA Design educational philosophy include:
The history of art, architecture, and product design
Promoting an understanding of design cultures, human values, and aesthetics relevant to a “new industrialisation”
Materials and technologies of artisanal and industrial productions
Theories about surfaces, forms, lights, colors, and expressive codes as elements of interior designs and product designs rich with sense and meaning
Manual and digital drawing and modelling representation systems
Teaching and professional practice led by a faculty of excellent designers
Close connections with companies fostered through guest lectures and workshops led by industry professionals
Key Faculty & Visiting professors who are working or has cooperated with NABA Design Programs: Daniele Belleri, Nicholas Victor Bewick, Guido Bianchi, Bonsaininja, Stefano Caggiano, Stefano Cardini, Joseph Forakis, Riccardo Gatti, Luciano Giorgi, Stefano Giovannoni, Alessandro Guerriero, Giovanni Lauda, Emanuele Lomello, Material Connexion, Migliore + Servetto Architects, Renato Montagner, Elin Pernilla Ohrstedt, Massimo Pettiti, Luca Poncellini, Matteo Ragni, Angela Rui, Denis Santachiara, Mario Trimarchi
Bachelor of Arts in Design
The three-year BA Program in Design is intended to provide general training on the design culture in the areas of product, interior and set design.
In this perspective, the BA Program in Design aims to provide the fundamental skills to navigate the world of design through a methodology based on “learning by doing” in which the theoretical study is combined with workshops and laboratory practice.
The BA Programs sweeps from the theories of color and form to experience in dealing with different materials, from freehand drawing to digital design, from the practice of the basic software up to the attainment of a critical vision needed to address the project work.
The aim of the Two-year MA Program in Product Design is to train a designer with a contemporary approach to design that finds its origins in the Italian design culture. Therefore the Program is divided into fifteen courses in which students, guided by established professionals in the design fields, explore and design the new relationship between man, environment and objects.
The Two-year Master of Arts in Interior Design by NABA offers an innovative and experimental course of study based on one of the oldest and deeply rooted theme in human history: the house. Students will have the opportunity to explore the limits and constraints of the world of interior design, acquiring and deepening their knowledge, their critical consciousness and their way of thinking in an original way.