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The Communication and Graphic Design Area concretely meets the continuously evolving needs of the communication field.

Oriented towards innovation and evolution in technologies and descriptive techniques, this Area integrates the academic approach with the experimentation of technologies and visual languages, offering broad and cross-discipline knowledge through the different study levels of the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Academic Master programmes.

The students have the opportunity to acquire sound knowledge that will guide them into the communication and marketing world, through the understanding of all crucial elements of graphic design as well as the development of technical, creative, and analytical skills.

The methodology summarises the marketing and artistic-expressive approach, theoretical activities and creative labs, thus allowing the students to decipher all elements and languages of communication, as well as their contemporary cultural and imaginary contexts, to generate actual communication outcomes.

Which path to take?

Bachelor of Arts in
Graphic Design and Art Direction

The BA introduces students to the world of communication and new media combining theoretical approach and creative labs.

Master of Arts in
Visual Design and Integrated Marketing Communication

The MA combines the marketing and integrated communication approach and technical as well as artistic-expressive competences.

MASTER OF ARTS IN
User Experience Design

The MA provides the theoretical, technical and methodological skills for the design of complex digital communication systems.

Academic Master in
Creative Advertising

The Master develops students core skills in copywriting, storytelling and art direction, for campaigns across contemporary media.

Academic Master in
Sustainable Innovation Communication

The Master (starting in A.Y. 2022/23 subject to authorisation by MUR currently in progress) present an intensive programme providing cross-discipline skills for the analysis and cultural encoding of languages that relate to the 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>
Patrizia Moschella
Communication and Graphic Design Area Leader
Communication and Graphic Design Area Leader
Patrizia Moschella
<p>Sociologist of Cultural Processes, she graduated at Universit&agrave; Statale di Milano and has a PhD in Philosophy of Knowledge from the Planetary Collegium, Plymouth University (UK). She has collaborated with international research institutes (Universit&agrave; Statale di Milano, Eurisko, Doxa, RQ Qualitative Research, Synergia) and she participate in several interdisciplinary and interuniversity platforms for socio-cultural communication projects in collaboration with associations and institutions (Libera, Assessorato alle politiche sociali di Milano). Among her most recent publications: &ldquo;Genealogia e Universit&agrave;. Profezia, Scenario, Utopia&rdquo;, in A. Bianchi, G. Leghissa (edited by), <em>Mondi altri </em>(Mimesis, 2016). She has collaborated since 2004 with NABA, where she directs the Communication and Graphic Design Area and the BA in Graphic Design and Art, and she teaches Methodology of Research, Sociology of Cultural Processes and Future Scenarios (Brand Design specialisation).</p>
Samuel Mathias Zitelli
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Art Direction Course Leader - Milan
Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Art Direction Course Leader - Milan
Samuel Mathias Zitelli
<p>Graphic designer and art director, after completing his studies in Milan, he begins to collaborate with various communication agencies, developing a passion for the world of brand and corporate image that becomes his specialisation. This passion led him to his professional experiences in and for communication and marketing departments of big national and multinational companies such as GLS, Salmoiraghi &amp; Vigan&ograve;, Marcegaglia. He has been working in NABA since 2021 as Course Leader of the BA in Graphic Design and Art Direction and as lecturer of the Computer graphic course.</p>
Assunta Squitieri
BA in Graphic Design and Art Direction Advisor Leader - Rome
BA in Graphic Design and Art Direction Advisor Leader - Rome
Assunta Squitieri
<p>Endowed with a hybrid professional education, she has moved between international agencies discovering different kinds of visions, methods and approaches to the profession. She has started her professional career at BJKE in Milan, then at Pirella Gottsche Lowe. In 1992 she collaborated with Saatchi&amp;Saatchi Roma, then moved to McCann Roma in 1997 where her passion for TV joined the one for Print. In 2008 she embarked on the Marimo BrandLife Designers journey, where she is partner and co-creative director to this day. She has received significant recognitions, among them: several ADCI awards, two bronzes at New York Festival, and a Radio&nbsp;Festival Grand Prix. She is currently the Advisor Leader of the BA in Graphic Design and Art Direction at NABA Campus in Rome.</p>
Fabio Pelagalli
Masters of Arts in Visual Design and Integrated Marketing Communication and in User Experience Design Course Leader
Masters of Arts in Visual Design and Integrated Marketing Communication and in User Experience Design Course Leader
Fabio Pelagalli
<p>With a degree in Communication Sciences from the University of Trieste, Fabio Pelagalli attended the Master in Digital Environment Design at NABA. He has been working at NABA since 2010, first as Academic Coordinator of NABA Communication and Graphic Design Area, then as Course Leader of the Academic Master in Creative Advertising. He has taught Software Art and Interactive System and Design Thinking at academic levels.</p>
Sara Buluggiu
Academic Master in Creative Advertising Course Advisor Leader
Academic Master in Creative Advertising Course Advisor Leader
Sara Buluggiu
<p>Sara Buluggiu, at the forefront of the digital media avant-garde in Italy since 56k modems were used for connection to the web, she can claim a long agency career in the main worldwide brands, including Publicis and Aegis. She has been working on Programmatic Advertising since 2011 and was effectively one of the first in Italy to talk about this new way of acquiring spaces and, as a consequence, has become a recognized expert throughout Europe. She has taught media studies since 2014 in the most important Italian business schools, collaborated with NABA since 2016 and, in 2019, took over the direction of its Master in Creative Advertising.</p>

Alumni Stories

ART DIRECTOR - WE ARE SOCIAL
ALESSANDRO LAZZARO
Communication and Graphic Design

«NABA has allowed me to explore and refine my creative skills by applying them to the world of communication and art direction. In a way, it has developed the creative background that accompanies me every day as an art director. Not only has it strengthened my passion, but it has also fed it with stimuli and new challenges from a professional point of view, also thanks to professional teachers and to the variety of people I met during my studies».

Undergraduate Communication and Graphic Design
ALESSANDRO LAZZARO
<p>&laquo;NABA has allowed me to explore and refine my creative skills by applying them to the world of communication and art direction. In a way, it has developed the creative background that accompanies me every day as an art director. Not only has it strengthened my passion, but it has also fed it with stimuli and new challenges from a professional point of view, also thanks to professional teachers and to the variety of people I met during my studies&raquo;.</p>
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