Admission Test

Through our admissions test, NABA seeks to evaluate your level of commitment and determination in approaching the chosen BA program.

NABA offers two options for taking the admissions test.

You may choose the one you prefer:

  • Distance evaluation (artistic statement + project assignment)
  • On-campus evaluation (project assignment + personal interview to be held September 18th and 19th, 2017)

In both evaluations, NABA will consider our attitude to be especially relevant—that is, your level of motivation in choosing NABA, taking on your specific program, and working toward the related professional role. If you lack educational preparation in some subjects that are part of the admissions test, this will not have a negative impact on your admission, provided you demonstrate enthusiasm and passion.


You will be asked to write an artistic statement and work on a project assignment according to your program of choice. NABA will use these to evaluate your attitude, creativity, and project skills.

Write an essay (maximum 500 words) answering the following questions:
  • What job would you like to do after you graduate?

  • Why did you choose NABA to achieve that?

  • What are your favorite means of creative expression?

  • What or who inspires you?

  • How would living and studying in Milan positively influence your work?


To complete your project assignment, please follow the guidelines below, which vary according to each BA program. If you have a portfolio of projects that you would like to submit to NABA faculty so they can become better acquainted with you and your work, feel free to mail it to along with your application. You may submit digital, paper, or Internet-based works. Please note that submitting a portfolio is optional and does not replace the artistic statement or the project assignment described below.

  1. Design and create the following 2D images:
    • At least two hand drawings (using various techniques)
    • At least two digital pieces (drawings, photographs, collages, etc.)

  2. Design is a field that is closely connected to objects, their functionality, and the environment surrounding them. You are asked to:
    • Choose an object with a specific function;
    • Give the object a second life, by changing its function and shape (using any material and technique);
    • Represent it: Take a picture of the object before and after its transformation; describe the morphing process and your concept behind this process.

Your task shall demonstrate your digital production predisposition. It shall contain the following items:

  1. A storyboard of an original sequence of your creation. It can be a movie or a game scene, or a work of animation or 3D art or motion graphic of any kind. It must include between 6 and 12 frames with appropriate description. You can use the template below or a similar one, and it can be hand or computer made.

    file type icon Storyboard Template

  2. A description of the context of the sequence: is it for a short or feature film? a TV or web series? An app or a video game, and of what kind? (adventure, puzzle, FPS, platform, etc…), an advertising or other?
  3. Please also add a brief explanation about the techniques you would apply, if aware of it.
  4. A description of the intended audience (teenagers, adults, etc.).
  5. Mention digital productions that have inspired you: movies, music, games, animations, art etc. (3-5 items); Include details of the selected works (title, author, year and other significant details). Describe what you like about each item and why it inspires you. Include at least one image per item.

You are asked to:

  1. Choose three subjects (see example below) and conduct research for each one, collecting images/pictures related to the chosen subjects.
  2. Write a short description or list key words for each subject.
  3. Develop one mini-project for each of your three chosen subjects. These mini-projects may be pictures, drawings, outfit sketches, or technical drawings, that demonstrate your skills. Each mini-project should include at least three images.


SUBJECT: Urban fashion
RESEARCH: Collect images/pictures of places and people from one or more cities.
PROJECT: Create an outfit or an accessory for a man, woman, child, and/or pet based on your research.


  • Use a collage technique assembling various existing images/pictures.
  • Draw fashion figures or create technical drawings of your garment/accessory.

For students who have attended courses related to graphics or advertising, you are asked to:

  1. Create two graphic design projects: research and final design on a logo or on a corporate identity package, and present a print media project (e.g., a magazine spread or poster layout) .
  2. Create two advertising projects: conduct research on a press ad campaign and final creative proposals.

For students whose background is not related to graphics or advertising, you are asked to:

Choose some: 

  • Illustrations/pictures from among your creative works.
  • Choose some photos from among your creative works.
  • Select two famous logos - one that you consider effective and one that you consider ineffective and analyze their positive and negative features.
  • Select two famous advertisements — one that you consider effective and one that you consider ineffective and analyze their positive and negative features.

You are asked to:

  1. Create one art work using any medium or format
  2. Create one drawing, with an emphasis on observational skills and/or personal expression, or one photography with an emphasis on visual skills and technique
  3. Submit sketches or notebook pages illustrating visual art/design concepts
  4. Optional: Create one art/design related work from another discipline (for example jewelry or crafts)

You are asked to articulate your storytelling skills by doing the following:

  1. Write a plot (max. length: 100 words).
  2. Collect up to 10 visual and narrative references in existing media (movies, novels, video games, etc.) that relate to your plot. For each reference, provide: an image, a caption, and a very short explanation of how this reference relates to your plot.
  3. State the medium through which the plot is displayed (short film, long film, TV series, Web series, video game, photo reportage, etc.). If you have ideas about production techniques you would apply, please briefly explain them.
  4. Describe the audience for your piece (teenagers, adults, etc.).

You are asked to create:

  1. A piece related to the design of a performance/exhibition space, using your preferred medium (sketches, descriptions, photos)
  2. One drawing with an emphasis on technical skills OR one photograph with an emphasis on visual skills and photographic technique
  3. Sketches or notebook pages illustrating theatre design ideas
  4. One art/design related work from other disciplines (e.g., exhibition design, visual art, installation, interior design)
  5. A detailed description of each work, including title, year, and technique.


So that we can evaluate your attitude to research and your way of handling a given project, you will be asked to work on a simple project. The topic will be sent to you in advance so that you can think about it and gather any necessary information. We are not asking you to create a definitive solution; rather, this exercise gives you the opportunity to research on the topic and collect information and materials.

ADMISSION TEST DATES: September 18th and 19th, 2017

PART 1: Research on the topic
Two weeks prior to the admissions test

You are asked to conduct research on the topic by collecting images, information, newspaper/magazine articles, photographs, and anything else you consider relevant.

PART 2: Project development
Day 1 of the on-campus admissions test

According to your desired degree program of your choice, you will be asked to develop a project. Your project might include freehand drawings, sketches, or  digital drawings, accompanied by text explaining your choices. You might find new images or take images from your initial research. The purpose is to assess your current expressive and creative abilities, as well as gauge your potential.

You must also submit a motivation statement explaining why you wish to study at NABA and your reasons for choosing your desired degree program.

PART 3: Personal interview
Day 2 of the on-campus admissions test

The examination board will interview you about your passions and motivations, as well as your general knowledge of the arts, design, communication, and new technologies. Throughout the interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss your finished project and the examination board’s evaluation of it.

Admission Fees

In order to apply and be considered for admission to the BA/Diploma programs, you shall pay the application fee of â‚¬150,00 


To apply for the admissions test, you can choose among two ways:


  1. Download the Undergraduate Programs Application form  and fill it out on your computer.
  2. Save it, print it, and sign it.
  3. Alternatively, you can print the form, fill it out by hand, and scan it.
  4. Gather all documents listed in the Application form.
  5. Pay the application fee of €150 by the method of your choice (bank transfer, peerTransfer, credit card, etc.).
  6. Scan the documents and application form and send them by email to, or
  7. Make a copy of all documents (including a copy of the bank transfer) for your own records and send the originals by courier to:

NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
c.a. International Admissions Office
Via C. Darwin, 20 - 20143 Milano, Italy


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