Why Choose NABA?
To study in Milan, recognized as the world's capital of fashion, art and design
To collaborate with over 1.000 companies, working on real-world projects, experiencing unique intership opportunities
To obtain a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural learning experience, with a focus on direct experimentation
To learn from an outstanding faculty of inspiring industry professionals and mentors
To attend italian and english programs to give you an internationally recognized degree
To study at an award-winning academy considered as one of the world's top schools for art and design
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.