Why Choose NABA?
Over 35 Years of Excellence
For more than 35 years, NABA has been recognized as one of Italyâ€™s leading arts academies.1
NABA has been accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) since 1981. All of NABAâ€™s bachelorâ€™s and masterâ€™s degree programs are accredited by MIUR.2
NABA is ranked as one of the worldâ€™s best design schools, according to opinion leaders like Domus magazine and Frame Publishers.3
Thanks to NABAâ€™s emphasis on practical experience and our close ties to the design industry, youâ€™ll have the chance to work on actual project briefs given by Italian and international companies.4
NABA offers programs across a wide range of art and design fields. Each program balances theory with practice, encourages multidisciplinary innovation, and prepares students for future careers.5
Our facilities include a Design Lab, where design students use high-tech tools like 3D printers to create models. Fashion students work in NABAâ€™s Tailoring, Textile, and Knitting labs to make prototypes.6
Our lecturers are working designers and artists who are also highly skilled educators. They come from leading design and architecture studios, fashion companies, advertising agencies, and art institutions.7
A Student-Centered Attitude
Students are our first priority at NABA. Small project classes size give students the chance for direct mentorship and an open dialogue with faculty members.8
With 3000 students from more than 70 different nationalities on our campus, NABA is a truly multicultural environment. Youâ€™ll have the chance to share ideas and perspectives with classmates from all over the world.9
What better place to study than in Milan, the worldâ€™s capital of fashion and design? In this thriving, creative city, youâ€™ll have the chance to participate in international design events, visit top galleries and flagship stores and travel across Europe.10
Job Placement After Graduation
Thanks to its close relationships with major companies, NABA offers an internship to each student. 80% of our alumni are employed within a year of graduation (data certified by Demoskopea).11
An International Network
Because NABA is a member of the Laureate network and has a number of connections with other universities, our students have the opportunity to study in many other countries across the world.12
Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti was founded in Milan in 1980 by prominent arts educator Ausonio Zappa, artist Guido Ballo, and architect/scenographer Tito Varisco. Ballo suggested â€śNuovaâ€ť in the name to emphasize the academyâ€™s innovative spirit. The trio modeled the school on a new Bauhaus, wanting to leave rigid academic traditions behind and introduce new visions and languages based on contemporary artistic and professional practice. In 1981, NABA was accredited by the Italyâ€™s Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR).
During the 1980s, the school grew into its status as a leading arts academy, attracting to its faculty a core group of internationally renowned artists, including Kengiro Azuma, Emilio IsgrĂ˛, Carlo Mo, Emilio Tadini, Lucio Del Pezzo, Franco Grignani, Mario Carrieri, Umberto Mariani, Roberto Menghi, Aldo MontĂą, Walter Valentini, Gino Negri, and Hidetoshi Nagasawa. Another famous name to join the faculty was kinetic artist Gianni Colombo, who served as NABAâ€™s director from 1985 to 1993. Colombo was profoundly influential in shaping NABAâ€™s educational philosophy of experimentation and hands-on design, an ethos that is very much alive at NABA today.
In the nineties, NABA began to expand its international reach joining the European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) and launching degree programs in English to attract more international students.
In 1995 the academy received a Certificate of Civic Merit from the mayor of Milan, who awarded NABA this prestigious award with the accolade: â€śNABA has grown in prestige and fame and has become the Italian reference point for fine arts academies in Europe and internationally.â€ť
During 2003 and 2004, NABA moved to its current home, an impressive campus with 13 buildings and open space on via Darwin 20, Milan.
Between 2006 and 2011, NABA added eight degree programs to its ever-growing list of course offering. In 2009, NABA joined Laureate International Universities, a network of more than 80 accredited institutions in 28 countries.