DESCRIPTION

Founded in 2006, the Two-year Master of Arts in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies is one of the first academic programs to combine solid training in the field of artistic production with highly specialized curatorial practice. Directed by Marco Scotini, the program is supported by globally recognized artists, curators, critics, filmmakers, intellectuals and consists of a dynamic group of students, already linked to the contemporary art system, who are exploring the complex relationship between art, visual culture, aesthetics and social dynamics. The research-based study plan addresses art through applied research methodology and maintains an integrated approach to pedagogy, the realization of events, exhibitions and publications. Art, above all, is understood as creation through research and theory. Given the solid position of the NABA Department of Visual Arts within the contemporary art system and its developed international institutional and professional network, students become part of a series of interdisciplinary activities through lectures, workshops, seminars and exhibitions aimed at developing new training and operating models within the field of contemporary art.

During the MA, students have the opportunity to:

  • Develop advanced skills in painting, drawing, graphic design, video, photography, sound design, and other media, including communication and the organization of various cultural activities
  • Acquire knowledge of the main research and theoretical methodologies of contemporary art and of the aesthetic and visual vocabulary to work with images
  • Produce and display artistic works and curatorial projects on a professional and international level

The MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as a Master of Arts degree (120 CFA).

Visual arts and curatorial studies

FIRST YEAR

Among the subjects:

Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts, Visual Arts I, Exhibition Design I, Curatorial Studies I, Photography.

SECOND YEAR

Among the subjects:

History of Contemporary Art I, Curatorial Studies II, Exibition Design II, Visual Arts II, Visual Anthropology.

STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES

Through exchange programmes, NABA's International Office encourages and supports students wishing to study abroad.

The office promotes educational experiences at numerous prestigious international partner universities worldwide. Thanks to this vast international network, students at NABA are able to spend periods of study abroad, enriching their educational curriculum and laying the groundwork for increasingly international future careers.

International study opportunities are mainly provided as part of the Erasmus+ project promoted by the European Commission, the International Exchange Program for destinations outside of Europe, the Semester Abroad Program at the Galileo Global Education and short summer courses.

NABA counts more than 50 cooperation agreements with European academies and universities through the Erasmus+ Programme; the Academy also counts more than 20 international cooperation agreements with several universities outside Europe.

Find out our Study abroad opportunities.

Faculty

Marco Scotini

MARCO SCOTINI

Faculty and Visiting Professors

Andris Brinkmanis, Paolo Caffoni, Angelo Castucci, Celine Condorelli, Lilia Di Bella, Chiara Figone, Manuela Gandini, Francesco Iodice, Franco La Cecla, Christian Marazzi, Kevin Maria Pedron, Gabriele Sassone, Marinella Senatore, Nicola Setari, Silvia Simoncelli, Andrea Staid, Ilaria Tariello, Francesco Valtolina, Elvira Vannini, Giorgio Verzotti, Tiziana Anna Maria Villani, Luca Vitone, Urbonas Gediminas, Luca Cerizza.

PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVES

Graduates of the MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies program will have the theoretical, technical, and practical skills to launch a career as a(n):

  • Artist
  • Curator
  • Editor of art magazines and books
  • Art critic
  • Exhibition designer
  • Gallery and museum director
  • Auction house consultant
  • Art dealer
  • Director of public institutions

NABA's Career Service helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 89% of NABA graduates find employment during the first year after graduation (data certified by Ipsos Observer regarding 2015 NABA graduates). Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their résumés, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios.

NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies, institutions, galleries and associations that provide internships for NABA students, including Art for the World Europa, Fondazione La Triennale di Milano, A12 Associati, Fondazione Museion—Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Bolzano, Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Prometeogallery, Galleria Alessandro de March, galleria Form Content (Londra), BAK—basis voor actuele kunst, O’Associazione, Arabeschi di Latte, Supportico Lopez (Berlin), Fondazione lettera27 Onlus, Oliviero Toscani Studio, Carasi Massimo, Sotheby’s Italia, Skira Editore, Fondazione Giuliani per l’Arte Contemporanea, Associazione Viafarini, Artshow Edizioni sas di Ciavoliello Giulio & C., Careof Organization for Contemporary Art, Gruppo Cimbali, Associazione Culturale a. Titolo, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Open Care, and Archive Books di Chiara Figone.

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