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The Set Design Area introduces the students to the varied world of set and costume design for the show business and for live events.

In NABA since its beginnings, this Area is a meeting point for students and professionals in this field, in a continuous exchange of ideas.

With the two specialisations of the Bachelor of Arts in Set Design, Theatre and Opera, and Media and Events, the students analyse in-depth all disciplines of set and costume design for live shows, from opera to theatre plays, from dance to musicals to concerts, and are confronted with new kinds of sets for artistic performances, exhibitions, event, music videos, fashion shows, shop windows, advertisement, photography and TV sets.

The continuous exchange with international professionals who work at the most important theatres, museums, companies and laboratories, allows the students to acquire the necessary theoretical, technical and design tools to analyse the most significant scenarios of the contemporary cultural production, and to build their own, innovative design skills that enable them to confront the contemporary panorama as well as the professional world.

Which path to take?

Bachelor of Arts in
Set Design

The BA supports students in the complex reality of set design through subjects related to theatre, live events, exhibitions, fashion shows, cinema and television.

Our Faculty

Luca Poncellini
Design and Applied Arts Department Head, Set Design Area Leader (ad interim)
Design and Applied Arts Department Head, Set Design Area Leader (ad interim)
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>
Margherita Palli
Bachelor of Arts in Set Design Course Advisor Leader
Bachelor of Arts in Set Design Course Advisor Leader
Margherita Palli
<p>In 1984, Margherita Palli began a successful and stable collaboration with Luca Ronconi, creating sets for many of his shows and following him both nationally and internationally in his work (at the Venice Bienniale, Piccolo Teatro and Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Teatro di Roma, Salzburg Festival, NNT in Tokyo). She also collaborates with directors and choreographers such as M. Avogadro, A. Barzini, V. Binasco, F. Branciaroli, H. Brockhaus, L. Cavani, D. Ezralow, Yang Jiang, C. Lievi, V. Malosti, M. Martone, L. Muscato, C. Rifici, A.R. Shammah, A. Sokurov, The George Balanchine Trust. In addition to her work in the theatres, she curates the design of exhibitions and events. She has won many prizes, including - six times over - UBU Prize, Abbiati Prize, Gassman Prize, ETI Prize for the Theater Olympics and National Association of Theater Critics&rsquo; Prize.</p>

Alumni Stories

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND STAGE MANAGER, TEATRO ALLA SCALA, FESTIVAL DONIZETTI OPERA, CARTE BLANCHE - DANISH THEATRE COMPANY
MARIALUISA BAFUNNO
Set Design

 “NABA helped me to develop a critical ‘awareness’ regarding the scenic space. I have begun working as a director and I believe that my studies in Set Design gave me the tools to face the stage in a more technical and conscious way.”

Undergraduate Set Design
MARIALUISA BAFUNNO
<p>&nbsp;&ldquo;NABA helped me to develop a critical &lsquo;awareness&rsquo; regarding the scenic space. I have begun working as a director and I believe that my studies in Set Design gave me the tools to face the stage in a more technical and conscious way.&rdquo;</p>
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND STAGE MANAGER, TEATRO ALLA SCALA, FESTIVAL DONIZETTI OPERA, CARTE BLANCHE - DANISH THEATRE COMPANY