Admission Test

Through the admission test, NABA seeks to evaluate your level of commitment and determination in approaching the chosen BA program.

The admissions test is a distance evaluation based on the submission of:

  1. Artistic statement
  2. Project Assignment and/or a Portfolio of Projects

NABA will consider your attitude to be especially relevant—that is, your level of motivation in choosing NABA, taking on your specific program, and working toward the related professional role. If you lack educational preparation in some subjects that are part of the admissions test, this will not have a negative impact on your admission, provided you demonstrate enthusiasm and passion.


You will be asked to write an artistic statement and work on a project assignment according to your program of choice and/or a portfolio of projects. NABA will use these to evaluate your attitude, creativity, and project skills.

Write an essay (maximum 500 words) answering the following questions:
  • What job would you like to do after you graduate?

  • Why did you choose NABA to achieve that?

  • What are your favorite means of expression?

  • What or who inspires you?

  • How living and studying in Milan will positively influence your work?


Your artistic skills are an important element for evaluating your application to NABA BA Programs. Together with your Artistic Statement, the following assignments will enable our Faculty to get to know you, your skills and your commitment. In order to develop your project assignment, please follow the guidelines here below, related to each BA program.


Your design task shall include:

  • 2D images designed and created by you:

     - at least 2 hand drawings (various techniques may be used)
     - at least 2 digital drawings, photos, collages, etc.

Design is a subject closely connected to objects, their functionality and the environment surrounding them. You are asked to:

  1. choose an object with a specific function;
  2. give the object a second life, by changing its function and shape (any material and technique can be used);
  3. represent it:

      -take a picture of the object before and after the morphing;
      -describe the process and the concept behind it.

Your task shall demonstrate your digital production predisposition. It shall contain the following items:

  1. A storyboard of an original sequence of your creation. It can be a movie or a game scene, or a work of animation or 3D art or motion graphic of any kind. It must include between 6 and 12 frames with appropriate description. It can be hand or computer made.

    file type icon Storyboard Template

  2. A description of the context of the sequence: is it for a short or feature film? a TV or web series? An app or a video game, and of what kind? (adventure, puzzle, FPS, platform, etc…), an advertising or other?
  3. Please also add a brief explanation about the techniques you would apply, if aware of it.
  4. A description of the intended audience (teenagers, adults, etc.).
  5. Mention digital productions that have inspired you: movies, music, games, animations, art etc. (3-5 items); Include details of the selected works (title, author, year and other significant details). Describe what you like about each item and why it inspires you. Include at least one image per item.

  1. Choose 3 subjects and make 3 researches collecting images/pictures related to the chosen subjects.
  2. Write a short description or list some key words for each subject.
  3. Develop 3 mini projects related to the chosen subjects, one for each of them. Projects may be pictures, or drawings, or outfit sketches, or technical drawings designed by you, that show your skills.

Each of them should include at least 3 images.
Here below an example of project:
RESEARCH: Collect images/pictures of places and people coming from one or more cities
DESCRIPTION: List a series of keywords related to the Urban Concept
PROJECT: Create an outfit or an accessory - man/woman/kid/pet (also only one of these different typologies) - related to the research
Use collage technique assembling different existing images/pictures
Draw fashion figures or technical drawings of your garment/accessory

Your GRAPHIC DESIGN task shall include:
•    Two graphic design projects: research and final design on a logo or on a corporate identity or present a publishing project (magazine or poster layout)
•    Two advertising projects: research on a press campaign and final creative proposals
•    Make a selection of illustrations/pictures among your creative works
•    Make a selection of photos among your creative works
•    Select 2 famous logos (one example that you consider effective and one example that you consider ineffective) and describe their positive and negative features.
•    Select 2 famous ads (one example that you consider effective and one example that you consider ineffective) and describe their positive and negative features.

Your task shall include:
•    One art project work (the format of the presentation is free)
•    One drawing with an emphasis on observational skills and/or personal expression or one photography with an emphasis on visual skills and technique
•    Sketches or notebook pages illustrating visual art/design concepts
•    One art/design related work from other disciplines (for example jewelry or crafts) - if you have any

Your task shall include an example of your storytelling skills. It shall be articulated as follows:
•    A plot (max length: 100 words).
•    Visual and narrative references (movies, novels, video games, etc. Max 10 items are accepted; please provide for each of them: an image, a caption and a very short explanation for your choice)
•    The medium through which the plot is displayed (short film, long film, TV series, web series, video game, photo reportage, etc.). Please add also a brief explanation about the techniques you would apply, if aware of it.
•    A description of the audience (teenagers, adults, etc).

Your task shall include:
•    One project work possibly related to the design of a performance/exhibition space (the format of the presentation is free)
•    One drawing with an emphasis on technical skills or one photography with an emphasis on visual skills and photographic technique
•    Sketches or notebook pages illustrating theatre design ideas
•    One art/design related work from other disciplines (for example exhibition design, visual arts, installations, interior design etc.)
•    For each work write a detailed description including Title, Year and Technique.

STEP 2/B - Portfolio of Projects

(Alternative option to the project assignement)
Creativity is not an abstract exercise, on the contrary, it requires the ability to contextualize and elaborate information and look for new solutions with an open spirit capable of listening and interacting with our environment.
The goal of a successful portfolio is to tell a visual narrative of your passions, explorations and abilities.
All materials submitted should be clearly labeled with applicant's name and contact information and cannot be returned.
Digital, paper or internet based works can be submitted.
Portfolios are reviewed on the following qualitative measures: aesthetic awareness, composition, drawing, design, color perception, spatial perception, quality of presentation, technique and originality.
Favorable consideration is given to strong 2-D and 3-D work that shows fully rendered pieces, excellent craftsmanship, attention to technique, and original design.


A portfolio of projects is the presentation of yourself, of your previous academic and/or professional and/or amateurial works. There is no need to include many projects rather a selection of your strongest works that will let us understand your skills and potentials.

What to include:

• 5 to 10 projects divided into separate folders.
   Submissions may include drawings, illustrations, paintings, computer graphic, design, printmaking, collage, photography, sculpture, jewelry, fashion, furniture or videos.
   Portfolio pieces may represent classroom assignments as well as independent projects. The portfolio should be purposeful, demonstrate originality of concept, use of appropriate materials and visual literacy.
   Each project should have a pdf description containing: title of the project, year of production, information if it is a project developed at school, on your own, ...

Digital formats:

• Photos, graphic projects, drawings, sketches: PDF (including fonts), JPG or PNG 300 dpi

• Websites: complete folder including html, css, images, swf, other. If it is online: please provide us with the url web

• Videos: MPEG4 or AVI

• Texts, researches or presentations: PDF

• Applicants should not submit work copied from film, television, photographs, magazine/book illustrations or other sources.


If you are filing an application for Fashion Design, you might want to consider the following suggestions to include in your portfolio:

• Research images for fashion design, using a range of materials (drawings, notes, photographs, images of items that you find inspirational for fashion design)

• Images of your fashion design sketches (sketches demonstrating your development of a fashion theme)

• Images of finished fashion illustrations (using colors and demonstrating your skills of presentation, these could be hand-drawn, painted, collage or computer images)

• Images of any other creative work. We leave the decision of what to include to you


If you are filing an application for Design, you might want to consider the following suggestions to include in your portfolio:

• 2D images designed and created by you:

   - at least 5 hand drawings (various techniques may be used) optional:

   - digital drawings, photos, collages, etc.

• 3D work including experimentation and development

• Finished work accompanied by a short explanation of the piece and your thinking

• Idea generation

• Inspiration and research material



In the global evaluation, NABA will take into account the applicant's interests and aptitudes for advanced studies and potential for success at NABA BA program and the related professional role. The lack of specific preparation in some of the subjects that are part of the admission test, due to the different educational background that a student might have, will not result in prejudice to the final admission, on condition that the vocational elements have been positively assessed.
Once the assessment is complete, you will receive a feedback about the final result within 5 working days. If the result is positive, the admission letter will be issued and sent to you.
NABA may offer you a conditional admission if you do not have yet submitted the language certificate, copy of your diploma and Declaration of Value (the last one only for BA applicants).
If you are conditionally accepted, you will have to make sure you submit the missing documents by the course beginning

Admission Fee

In order to apply and be considered for admission to the BA/Diploma programs, you shall pay the application fee of €100,00 


To apply for the admissions test, you can choose among two ways:


  1. Download the Undergraduate Programs Application form  and fill it out on your computer.
  2. Save it, print it, and sign it.
  3. Alternatively, you can print the form, fill it out by hand, and scan it.
  4. Gather all documents listed in the Application form.
  5. Pay the application fee of €100 by the method of your choice (bank transfer, flywire, credit card, etc.).
  6. a) Send all documents and the application form to, or
    b) Make a copy of all documents (including a copy of the bank transfer) for your own records and send the originals by courier to:
    NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
    c.a. International Admissions Office
    Via C. Darwin, 20 - 20143 Milano, Italy


  1. Click here.
  2. Create your username.
  3. Check your email with for login information.
  4. Upload all the required documents.
  5. Pay the application fee of €100 online.