Entry Requirements

Entry is restricted for all of NABA’s postgraduate programs. Each program sets its own admission requirements regarding educational qualifications and technical and project-related skills, as specified below.

If your background differs from the description under your program of choice below, you will still be considered if your motivation and research interest in the field are strong.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Ideal candidates will hold an academic diploma or bachelor’s degree in a subject within the arts or humanities. Students who hold a different degree or diploma may apply for admission if they demonstrate a strong interest aligned with the topics of this two-year MA program. A commission will evaluate candidates on a case-by-case basis. Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree/academic diploma will not receive the 120 educational credits and the Master of Arts diploma, but will instead earn a certificate.

The program is intended for graduates with an academic diploma or bachelor’s degree in design or architecture. Students with a different degree or diploma will be considered if they are motivated by a significant interest in the program’s topics. A commission will evaluate candidates on a case-by-case basis. Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree/academic diploma will not receive the 120 educational credits and the Master of Arts diploma, but will instead earn a certificate.

The program is intended for graduates with an academic diploma or bachelor’s degree in design or architecture. Students with a different degree or diploma will be considered if they are motivated by a significant interest in the program’s topics. A commission will evaluate candidates on a case-by-case basis. Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree/academic diploma will not receive the 120 educational credits and the Master of Arts diploma, but will instead earn a certificate.

The program is intended for students with an academic diploma or bachelor’s degree in fashion design, architecture, or design. Students with a different degree or diploma will be considered if they are motivated by a significant interest in the program’s topics. A commission will evaluate candidates on a case-by-case basis. Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree/academic diploma will not receive the 120 educational credits and the Master of Arts diploma, but will instead earn a certificate.

Ideal candidates will hold an academic diploma or bachelor’s degree in a subject within the arts, communication, or humanities. Students with a different degree or diploma will be considered if they are motivated by a significant interest in the program’s topics. A commission will evaluate candidates on a case-by-case basis. Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree/academic diploma will not receive the 120 educational credits and the Master of Arts diploma, but will instead earn a certificate.

The program is intended for candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree or academic diploma in the fields of photography, visual arts, or design, or in a theoretical subject within the arts or humanities. Students with a different degree or diploma, as well as professionals with significant experience in the program’s field, will be considered if they are motivated by a strong research interest in the program’s topics. A commission will evaluate candidates on a case-by-case basis. Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree/academic diploma will not receive the 60 educational credits and the Academic Master’s diploma, but will instead earn a certificate.

This course is intended for candidates holding a bachelor’s degree or academic diploma in communication, advertising, graphic design, media design, visual arts, or marketing, or in any other humanities subject or discipline related to the program’s topics. Students with a different degree or diploma, as well as professionals with significant experience in the program’s field, will be considered if they are motivated by a strong research interest in the program’s topics. A commission will evaluate candidates on a case-by-case basis. Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree/academic diploma will not receive the 60 educational credits and the Academic Master’s diploma, but will instead earn a certificate.

The program is intended for candidates holding a bachelor’s degree or academic degree in a theoretical subject within the arts, humanities or economy. Students with a different degree or diploma will be considered if they are motivated by a significant interest in the program’s topics. A commission will evaluate candidates on a case-by-case basis. Participants not holding a first-level bachelor’s degree/academic diploma will not receive the 60 educational credits and the Academic Master’s diploma, but will instead earn a certificate.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

NABA postgraduate programs are taught in Italian and/or English. You must submit a certificate as evidence of your language knowledge according to your chosen program. The language certificate must be submitted within the month before the program starts; the certificate should not be older than two years.

For Italian, the requested level is intermediate (B1, according to CEFR).

Below are the English language certificates that NABA accepts.

CertificateLevel
IELTS5.0 Academic
Cambridge English: FIRST (FCE)C or 154
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)Distinction or 160
Cambridge English: Business Vantage / BEC VC or 154
Cambridge English: Business Vantage / BEC PDistinction or 160
TOEFL Paper

494–510

TOEFL Computer173–180
TOEFL Internet59–64
PTE Academic

36–42

TEEP

5

BULATS40–59 (all 4 skills should be passed: listening, reading, speaking,
TOEIC (provided that student passes all parts)

listening and reading score 600,
speaking score 140,
writing score 140

Students exempted from this requirement are:

  • Mother tongue students
  • English Speaking Countries (prior check with the admission office)
  • English Speaking Degrees (prior check with the admission office)
  • English Speaking Degrees in non-mother tongue countries (prior check with the admission office)

MIUR REQUIREMENTS

Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR): Entry Requirements

Students holding a bachelor’s degree from an institution outside Italy must contact the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the degree was issued and ask for the perfezionamento documenti, which consists of:

  • An Italian translation, made by a certified translator, of your bachelor’s degree diploma.
  • An Italian translation, made by a certified translator, of your academic transcripts.
  • Dichiarazione di valore in loco (Declaration of Value) of your bachelor’s degree. The Dichiarazione di valore in loco is a document attesting that the academic qualification you earned is valid for enrollment in Italian universities and academies.

Click here for a complete list of Italian consulates and embassies worldwide.

The notarized and translated documents, as well as the Dichiarazione di valore in loco, will either be sent to NABA by your Italian consulate or embassy, or will be directly issued to you. In the latter case, you need to submit them to NABA’s International Admissions Office as quickly as possible.

FOR NON-EUROPEAN STUDENTS APPLYING FOR THE TWO-YEAR MA

Application for a Student Visa to Italy

Once you have completed the pre-enrollment procedure, you will receive an official acceptance letter from NABA, including information on the status of your admission and possible arrival date in Italy.

Before applying for a student visa, you must first obtain your pre-enrollment form (modello A bis) from your Italian embassy or consulate, fill it out, and submit it to the embassy/consulate. It is thus essential to complete your pre-enrollment form according to the deadlines established by the embassy/consulate. The deadline to submit the A bis pre-enrollment form varies each year according to Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) guidelines, so be sure to confirm the date with your local Italian embassy or consulate. The pre-enrollment window is in the spring, usually including May and June of each year.