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The Programme: overview

The Master of Arts is a highly specialised interdisciplinary course focusing on different areas, including contemporary dramaturgy, body and movement, new technologies, interaction and sound design. The two-year MA is unique in Italy and aims to establish a set of methods to research innovative languages, ideate and design multidisciplinary artistic performances, training professionals able to dialogue and interact with international productions.

Learning Objectives

Over the MA, students will have the opportunity to:

  • consolidate the creative and authorial identity of students by supporting research, design and production of performing arts in the contemporary scene
  • create innovative projects and encourage the development of productions and talents that can establish themselves in the national and international artistic and creative production circuits
  • promote the consolidation of a cultural and artistic ecosystem that integrates research, production, supply and distribution
STUDY PLAN
<p>During the two-year MA, students will explore distinct artistic practices aimed at approaching productions in the field of performing arts in connection with new technologies, an approach that is increasingly present in contemporary artistic productions. The various educational activities are geared towards developing individual or group projects that complete students' expressive aesthetic research. This is achieved through training with performative dance, meditation and yoga, in dedicated spaces, in addition to workshop lessons on the use of digital multimedia production software and systems, as well as face-to-face theoretical lectures (visiting professors and conferences). Graduates of the two-year MA acquire the theoretical, technical and design tools to begin an authorial, artistic and professional path in the field of contemporary performing arts.<br /><br /></p> <p><strong>FIRST YEAR</strong></p> <p>Students are introduced to the world of design for the performing arts through critical theoretical research and the use of interactive tools in the workshop and the creation of multimedia installations. Students will have the opportunity to work on writing materials for stage scenes, to take part in practical physical training classes, to create audiovisual content that dialogues with space and bodies.</p> <p><strong>SECOND YEAR</strong></p> <p>The second-year subjects are mainly workshop-based, directed at imparting digital techniques and methodologies to students with particular emphasis on technological and multimedia productions and on virtual and interactive systems. Students will have the opportunity to become acquainted with multimedia design and contemporary dramaturgy practices and to learn about national and international performative production systems and develop digital and live performance projects.</p>

Department: Design and Applied Arts

Area: Media Design and New Technologies

Title Awarded: Second Level Academic Degree in New Technologies for Arts

Credits: 120 CFA

Starting: October 2024 - February 2025

Duration: 2 years

Languages: Italian and English

Campus: Milan

Our Faculty

Luca Poncellini
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Luca Poncellini
<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&nbsp; 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>
Vincenzo Cuccia
Media Design and New Technologies Area Leader
Media Design and New Technologies Area Leader
Vincenzo Cuccia
<p>Vincenzo Cuccia has a degree in Cultural Heritage from Universit&agrave; Statale di Milano and in Editing from the Milan Scuola Civica di Cinema e Nuovi Media. As part of his previous professional experience, he worked as an editor in advertising and television, where he collaborated with the RAI (Milan tv broadcast production area) on entertainment, culture and information channels. After working in the SAE Institute since 2009 as lecturer and then Academic Coordinator and Manager of the activity of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the Creative Media campuses of Milan, Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Madrid, Paris and Stockholm, since 2017 he has been BA in Media Design and Multimedia Arts Course Leader while from 2021 he is Media Design and New Technologies Area Leader.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Antonella Cirigliano
Master of Arts in Digital and Live Performance Subject Leader
Master of Arts in Digital and Live Performance Subject Leader
Antonella Cirigliano
<p><span class="s5">She lives and works between Milan and </span><span class="s5">Verbania</span><span class="s5">. Graduated in Philosophy, her work focuses on theatrical research and performing arts on a professional level for over 20 years. Her artistic training began at the CRST - </span><span class="s5">Workcenter</span><span class="s5"> of Jerzy Grotowski - in </span><span class="s5">Pontedera</span><span class="s5">, since 1996 she has specialised in sensorial </span><span class="s5">theatre</span><span class="s5"> techniques with the Colombian director and anthropologist Enrique </span><span class="s5">Vargas</span><span class="s5"> and she has </span><span class="s5">travelled</span><span class="s5"> all over the world participating in the most important European, Asian and South American festivals. She is director and curator of sensorial itineraries and Artistic Director of festivals </span><span class="s5">related to</span><span class="s5"> the interaction between expressive practices. She is the founder and Artistic Leader of </span><span class="s5">Fondazione </span><span class="s5">CROSS and has produced numerous performing arts projects with the LIS LAB collective and as an independent artist. She </span><span class="s5">also teaches</span><span class="s5"> Performative Techniques for Visual Arts at NABA where she directs research on contemporary languages and </span><span class="s5">on </span><span class="s5">the performing arts.</span></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 which provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Armani Hotel, Giulio Iacchetti, Studio Bestenheider, Vittorio Martini 1866, Giochi Preziosi, Intégral Ruedi Baur et Associés, The Swatch Group, Giorgio Armani, Pininfarina Extra, Tagua, Azimut-Benetti, Bonetto Design International, Alta Design & Engineering, AAAHHHAAA, Forchets, Studio di architettura Amedeo Guidobono Cavalchini, Aldo Cibic – Cibicworkshop, Progetto CMR Engineering, Integrated Services S.r.l., Abad Architetti S.r.l., Festina Italia, Zanotta, Luxottica, Studio Italo Rota & Partners, Giugiaro Architettura, Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Luceplan, Ikea Italia Retail, 3M ITALIA, Yellow Office, Studio Lissoni Associati, Studio Barreca & Lavarra, Uragano Studio, Veneta Cucine, Dado Arredamenti.

After the Master of Arts

Kick-off your career. Among the career opportunities:

  • Performer
  • Digital performer
  • Author, curator and critique of performative projects
  • Multimedia dramatist
  • Creative technologist
  • Perfoming arts producer