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The Programme: overview

The one-year Academic Master prepares professionals for their entry into the world of photography, arts, and national and international communication, integrating theoretical study with projects, workshops and guided visits to research centers and exhibition spaces, audiovisual production facilities, publishing houses, theatres, artists’ studios, museums and contemporary art galleries. The second part of the programme is dedicated to a period of internship in collaboration with a network of partner companies and institutions that facilitate the entry of students into the job market.

Over the AM, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire solid historical and cultural knowledge
  • Develop the technical and practical skills necessary for success in national and international markets
  • Learn a number of professional methods and presentation techniques that will be useful in the working environment
STUDY PLAN
<p>The Academic Master is an intensive and cross-disciplinary study path directed at providing students with advanced training and professionalisation in the field of photography and contemporary visual design.</p> <p>Through theoretical courses and frontal lectures, practical workshops and projects, guided field visits and an internship period, students define their skills and develop methods to deal with the Italian and international world of photography, coming into direct contact with established industry professionals and the jobs market.</p> <p>The educational path consists of two parts to provide the necessary skills and a cross-sectoral methodological approach.</p> <p>The first part give students an in-depth knowledge of the field and analyse the contemporary status of the photographic image through the main courses in history of photography, digital photography, project methodology of visual communication, photo-documentation, phenomenology of image, computer graphic.</p> <p>The second part of the programme is dedicated to practical courses and intensive workshops and to the internship, in both public and private institutions (museums, art galleries, foundations, audiovisual production facilities and archives, auction houses, publishing houses), together with the research aimed at the development of the thesis final project.</p>

Department: Visual Arts

Area: Visual Arts

Title Awarded: First Level Academic Master Degree

Credits: 60 CFA

Starting: October 2022

Duration: 1 year

Languages: Italian and English

Campus: Milan

Our Faculty

Marco Scotini
Visual Arts Department Head
Visual Arts Department Head
Marco Scotini
<p>Marco Scotini is the Artistic Director of the FM Centre for Contemporary Art, Milan, and Head of the Exhibitions Programme at PAV, Parco Arte Vivente, Turin. He is the Scientific Director of the Archivio Gianni Colombo and the Bert Theis Archive. He has been a member of the Italian Council since 2019. He has been Visual Arts Department Head since 2004. After many collaborations with international artistic institutions (Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Documenta, Kassel, MAXXI, Rome, SALT, Istanbul, Castello di Rivoli), he curated the Albanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2015), co-curated the 1st Anren Biennale (2017) and he has been the Artistic Director of the 2nd Yinchuan Biennale in China (2018). Among his most recent publications: Utopian Display. Geopolitical Curating (Quodlibet NABA Insights, 2019), Politiques de la V&eacute;g&eacute;tation (Eterotopia France, 2019), Artecrazia (DeriveApprodi, 2017).</p>
Francesco Zanot
Academic Master in Photography and Visual Design Course Advisor Leader
Academic Master in Photography and Visual Design Course Advisor Leader
Francesco Zanot
<p>A photography critic and curator, he curated exhibitions and monographies of artists such as Mark Cohen, Guido Guidi, Olivo Barbieri, Takashi Homma, Linda Fregni Nagler, Boris Mikhailov, Francesco Jodice, and many others. Among his most recent publications are catalogues about th work by Luigi Ghirri, Alec Soth and Erik Kessels. The curator of CAMERA Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, from 2015 through 2017, he has participated in conferences and seminars in numerous Italian and international institutions, including Columbia University in New York. An associate editor of Fantom, a curatorial platform, he has recently curated the exhibition <em>Give Me Yesterday</em> and <em>Questioning Pictures. Stefano Graziani</em> at the Fondazione Prada Osservatorio. He is the Artistic Director of Foto/Industria, the Biennial of Photography on Industry and Work at Fondazione MAST, Bologna.</p>

Study and career opportunities

Career Services

NABA’s Career Services & Industry Relations Office can provide you with support and guidance during your transition from the academy to the professional world. Our staff can help you develop self-promotion tools and assist you during your first steps into the world of work.

The Office develops relationships with companies in order to set up internship agreements, employment opportunities, and interactive projects between students and businesses.

Companies and institutions placement

NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies that provide internships for NABA students, including Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, Fondazione Museion—Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Bolzano, galleria Form Content (London), BAK—basis voor actuele kunst, Oliviero Toscani Studio, Sotheby’s Italia, Skira Editore, Associazione Viafarini, Artshow Edizioni, Careof Organization for Contemporary Art, and Open Care.

 

Companies

The Master in Photography and Visual Design cooperates or has cooperated with Canon, Condé Nast, Contrasto, De Agostini, Fabbrica el Vapore, Fotografi Senza Frontiere, Frieze, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Guggenheim Museum Venice, Mack Books, Magnum Photos, Mondadori, Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Ogilvy & Mather, Paradox Amsterdam, Piccolo Teatro di Milano, RCS Quotidiani, Skira, and the World Wide Fund of Nature.

After the Academic Master

Continue your academic career:

  • Master of Arts in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies

Kick-off your career. Among the career opportunities:

  • Photographer for advertising, fashion, architecture and art fields
  • Curator, cultural operator, events manager for photographic exhibitions, festivals and fairs
  • Photo editor and image consultant for companies and publishing houses
  • Photo research specialist and archivist for image banks and stock photography agencies
Collaborations