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The Programme: overview

The MA enables students to understand the new social needs of the contemporary age, exploring new scenarios for the global designer. When it is aimed at defining social development strategies, the design is able to valorise human and natural resources, to drive sustainable innovation, to promote local communities development and to activate social evolution dynamics, through a global “coopetitive” approach. 

Over the MA, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn a design methodology crossed with the skills to operate in social, cultural and political initiatives
  • Develop projects aimed to activate social communities and to valorize environmental as well as urban and natural, contexts, through real case studies
  • Acquire the ability to read the social and cultural dynamics and to anticipate the possible future evolutions for the sustainable development of society

Department: Design and Applied Arts


Area: Design


Title Awarded: Second Level Academic Degree in Design


Credits: 120 CFA


Starting: February 2021


Duration: 2 years


Languages: Italian and English


Campus: Milan

Our Faculty

Luca Poncellini
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Claudio Larcher
Area Leader Design

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:

  • Project development manager
  • Communication designer
  • Product designer
  • Social designer
  • Environmental designer
  • Community designer 
  • Event designer
  • Strategic planner
  • Public policy manager
  • Design consultant