Foundation Year

The Foundation Year is a propaedeutic interdisciplinary program aimed at candidates with a secondary school diploma or other diplomas regarded as appropriate, who do not meet all admission requirements for their chosen NABA bachelor’s degree course. It provides applicants with adequate and sufficient linguistic and educational/cultural competences in the relevant fields to enable their enrollment on the first academic year of the relevant BA.

The program lasts approximately nine months (480 hrs) and courses are taught in both English and Italian.

Upon successfully completing the foundation year, students are awarded a certificate issued by NABA.

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  • Language skills
  • Digital skills
  • Representation techniques
  • Design technical languages
  • History of art
  • Italian panorama
  • Portfolio
  • Presentation skills


  • Improvement of language skills
  • Knowledge of methodologies of the sector
  • Cultural education in the field of Visual and Applied Arts
  • Familiarity with the Italian historical-cultural-social context