Entry Requirements

NABA is a private legally recognised Academy of Fine Arts, regulated by the Higher Education in Art and Music (AFAM) system, a section of the Italian university system governed by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Under this accreditation, NABA upholds rigorous admissions standards, and our degree programs have a restricted number of available places.

For both European and non-European students, admission depends on fulfilling minimum educational and language requirements, and passing an admissions test.

  • HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA
    In order to enroll in a Bachelor of Arts program, you must either have an Italian secondary school diploma (maturità) or an equivalent secondary/high school diploma that is legalized by the Italian embassy located in the country whose educational system the title belongs to. This diploma must be translated and notarized  by the Italian embassy or consulate in the country where the diploma was issued, regardless of the school’s actual location. For example, if you studied on the French campus of a German school and received a diploma issued by the German Ministry of Education, that diploma must be validated by the Italian consulate in Germany. The embassy or consulate will provide a “Declaration of Value” (Dichiarazione di valore in loco) for the diploma.

  • 12 YEARS OF SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
    You must have attended school for at least 12 years before earning your secondary school diploma. For more information, see the FAQ section below.

  • LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR BA PROGRAMS TAUGHT IN ITALIAN
    International students must have reached or surpassed the complete B1 (intermediate) level of Italian language knowledge, as established by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). In order to prove the required Italian language knowledge level, you must submit the Italian language certificate, issued by an authorized institution. The language certificate shall be submitted within one month before the beginning of the program and should not be older than 2 years.

  • LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS FOR BA PROGRAMS TAUGHT IN ENGLISH
    Students are required to submit evidence of the knowledge of the English language. The language certificate shall be submitted within one month before the beginning of the program and should not be older than 2 years.

    Please find here below the English language certificates accepted by NABA:

CertificateLevel
IELTS5.0 Academic
Cambridge English: FIRST (FCE)C or 154 ( From January 2015)
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)Distinction or 160 ( From January 2015)
Cambridge English: Business Vantage / BEC VC or 154 ( From January 2015)
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary / BEC PDistinction or 160 ( From January 2015)
TOEFL Paper494 - 510
TOEFL Computer173 - 180
TOEFL Internet59 - 64
Trinity College CertificateIntegrated Skills in English (ISE level I – all 4 skills)
PTE Academic36 – 42
TEEP5
BULATS40 - 59 (all 4 skills should be passed: listening, reading, speaking, writing)
European BaccalaureateL1 grade 6, L2 grade 7
German AbiturGrade 11
Iceland StudentsprofGrade 6
Norwegian VitnemalGrade 4
Swedish SlutbetygG or C
Danish StudentereksamenLevel A grade 7, Level B grade 10
TOEIC (provided that student passes all parts)Listening and reading: score 600
Speaking: score 140
Writing: score 140

 

The following cases are exempt from the language testing:

•Mother tongue students
•High School Diploma Programs run in English:
   - in non-English speaking countries (prior check withthe admission office)
   - in English speaking countries (prior check with the admission office)
•IB Diploma and A LEVEL, considering having had full English Education for 2 years (prior check with the admission office)

For Non-European Students Only: Application for a Student Visa to Italy

To complete the pre-enrolment procedure with NABA, admitted students are requested to return the matriculation form and pay the pre-enrolment fee. Only then you will receive an official enrolment certificate including information on the status of your admission to submit to the Italian Embassy or Consulate in your home Country in order to apply for your study visa.

For a complete list of Italian diplomatic authorities worldwide, please visit here.

CONSULAR PROCEDURES

Students with a valid higher secondary school diploma are requested to contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in order to:

A. SUBMIT THE PRE-ENROLMENT FORM (A BIS FORM) - (NON EU STUDENTS ONLY)

The pre-enrollment will give you the possibility to study at NABA and allow you to obtain the study VISA from the Italian authorities. Students are asked to fill in a form called A-Bis (available at the Italian Embassy/Consulate or in their website) within a specific deadline, which varies according to the yearly guidelines provided by the Italian Ministry of Education. Pre-enrolment sessions are usually scheduled between May and June of each year.

B. OBTAIN THE DECLARATION OF VALUE OF THE HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA

The Declaration of Value (Dichiarazione di Valore in Loco) is part of a process called “PERFEZIONAMENTO
DOCUMENTI”, necessary for all students who have gained a high school diploma different from the Italian one called Maturità, and which consists in:
1. TRANSLATION INTO ITALIAN – MADE BY A CERTIFIED TRANSLATOR – OF YOUR ORIGINAL HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL DIPLOMA (or substitute certificate) legalized by the competent authorities in the country where the diploma was issued.
2. “DICHIARAZIONE DI VALORE IN LOCO” (DECLARATION OF VALUE) OF YOUR HIGHER SECONDARY SCHOOL
DIPLOMA.
The “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” is the document attesting that the study qualification you obtained is valid to study at Italian Universities/Academies as long as it proves:
• to be a final official title of the higher Secondary School of the foreign education system
• the study title allows to enter a graduate program which is comparable to the Italian BA Degree
• the study title is obtained at the end of a period of study lasting at least 12 years
• In case a national test or final exam is necessary to enter a higher education institution in the student’s country of origin, such test/exam is also mandatory for entering Italian BA programs and should be reported in the DOV (Gao Kao and Yi Kao in China, YGS in Turkey, …).

FAQ

Yes, you can still apply for a NABA BA program, but it must be integrated with additional 1 or 2 years of college or university; all exams must be passed and admission respectively to the second or third year of your university must be granted.

Yes, but it must be supplemented by 3 advanced placement tests that relate to the chosen program, or by 2 AP tests related to the chosen program plus 1 AP test in Italian language and culture if applying for BA run in Italian language.

GCE diplomas are valid only if they demonstrate obtaining at least 3 subjects at advanced level (full A levels/A2)  related to the requested program.

It depends. You will first check this with your NABA Educational Advisor.
In case your diploma does not allow you to be admitted to one of NABA BA Degree, you can still attend
the same Program without gaining credits.
In fact, Diploma Programs have the same curricula and the same examinations as the BA Programs, however they lead to the awarding of a NABA diploma and not degree.
The entry requirements for the Diploma programs are the following:
1. hold a secondary school diploma (having followed a period of study lasting at least 11 years)
2. pass the NABA admission test
3. demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction
Students choosing this format are exempt from the Ministry Requirements relating to the submission of the A-bis pre-enrollment form and Declaration of Value.