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The Programme: overview

The Academic Master is an annual programme aimed to prepare groundbreaking professionals to enter the world of the contemporary photography: photographers, curators and editors. The educational approach considers the photography as a whole with a particular complexity, without any differences between the medium categories and practices, enabling students to acquire diversified skills to manage the photography as such a stratified language.

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

Study abroad programmes


NABA provides students with the opportunity to study abroad as part of their academic experience.
NABA Academic Coordination Office, in charge for the management of the exchange programmes, supports students in taking advantage of the international study opportunities through exchange programmes and promoting educational experiences thanks to a network including numerous prestigious international partner universities.


NABA counts more than 70 cooperation agreements with academies and universities through the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe and others international cooperation agreements with several universities outside Europe.

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