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What is the meaning of studying design, today? And, how can we explain what design studies are, without falling into common places such as "to design things and spaces"?

The ultimate purpose of design studies is to acquire a methodology, the ability to face the complexities of the world, and to imagine and design the future - a better future.

Through project-based studies, the Design Area, both with its Bachelor of Arts and its Masters of Arts, provides the students with skills and theoretical as well as practical tools to approach complex ideas in a cross-disciplinary way, and to adapt to change and create scenarios. Nowadays, it is correct to speak about "social design" as humanistic design that puts people back at the centre, in a mutual exchange with society.  

Thanks to the permanent dialogue with faculty and professionals in the relevant sector, the students have the opportunity to build their personal path, to follow personal inclinations, and to learn how to manage complex processes, as important as the reached outcomes.

 

"If I should teach, I would tell my students what compelling things are in the Acropolis of Athens - of which only later they will understand the great superiority" (Le Corbusier).

Which path to take?

Bachelor of Arts in
Design

The BA alternates and integrates theoretical studies with experiential workshops, stimulating sensitivity and passion for the world of objects.

Master of Arts in
Interior Design

The MA thoroughly explores themes and methods related to interiors that play an increasingly important role in the contemporary age.

Master of Arts in
Product and Service Design

The MA explores the ethics of design more thoroughly, as well as values and needs of a new, global humanity, and its sustainable relation to nature and environment.

Master of Arts in
Social Design

The MA investigates new social needs and new scenarios for practicing design in today's world, to valorize human and natural resources and to drive sustainable innovation. 

 

Our Faculty

Luca Poncellini
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Luca Poncellini
<p><strong>Design and Applied Arts Department Head</strong></p> <p>Luca Poncellini is an architect and a designer with a PhD in the History of Architecture and City Planning. As a partner in the architecture office Cliostraat until 2009, he has curated projects and has lectured in Italy and in several countries throughout the world. His works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, at the Van Alen Institute in New York, at ETH in Z&uuml;rich, at MAGA in Gallarate and at Triennale Milano. In 2008 he co-curated the retrospective exhibition Laszlo Hudec, in collaboration with the Hungarian Consulate in Shanghai. Since 2013 he has been the Course Leader of the MA in Interior Design. Between 2015 and 2019 directed the research lab and the project C-Park. Since 2019 he has been Design and Applied Arts Department Head.</p>
Claudio Larcher
Design Area Leader
Design Area Leader
Claudio Larcher
<p>Born in Milan, he graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. After a research period in Spain, in Madrid and Barcelona, in 2002 he founded his own studio, Modoloco Design Workshop, a space for experimentation and research, where diverse cultures and experiences are implemented as architectural and design forms. He has taught at the Faculty of Design and Arts of the Free University of Bozen, at Politecnico di Milano, and lectured in Italian and international institutions. He curated and participated in several exhibitions in Italy, Japan, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Sweden. Ambassador of Italian Design for Switzerland, Albany and Uruguay in 2017, 2018, 2019, he is the author of the books Globetrotting designers (Compositori), Design, scuola e solidariet&agrave; (Fausto Lupetti), Design from the Alps (Scheidegger Und Spiess), and Disegnare un cucchiaio per cambiare la citt&agrave; (Quodlibet).</p>

Alumni Stories

PRODUCT DESIGNER - PATRICIA URQUIOLA
ALEXANDER IMRE
Design

“NABA has been a great base camp for a well prepared start into the professional design world. I got the chance to learn the essential tools and rules that are so important on a daily basis in being a product designer.”

Undergraduate Design
ALEXANDER IMRE
<p>&ldquo;NABA has been a great base camp for a well prepared start into the professional design world. I got the chance to learn the essential tools and rules that are so important on a daily basis in being a product designer.&rdquo;</p>
PRODUCT DESIGNER - PATRICIA URQUIOLA