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The Programme: overview

The BA (evolution of the current BA in Media Design and Multimedia Arts, subject to authorisation by MUR for A.Y. 2022/23) was created to prepare artists and professionals in the field of audiovisual creations, in particular in the branch of cinema, in both live action productions and animations, and in all the traditional, contemporary and future applications including their hybrid products. The dynamic nature of this industry and of new technologies assumes the outlining, even in the short term, of new professional roles, and the BA lays the foundations to keep up with these changes.

Learning Objectives:

Over the BA, students will have the opportunity to gain skills in:

  • realising audiovisual productions for cinema and web
  • creating animation contents using traditional and experimental design
  • designing interactive and transmedia projects
STUDY PLAN
<p><strong>FIRST YEAR</strong></p> <p>It introduces students to the basic tools to approach the audio-visual and animation. Students learn the skills necessary to undertake film projects, documentaries, tv and web series, video contents for web and communication. Guided by lecturers with great didactic and professional experience, students deal with theoretical, project-based and lab courses of history of cinema and video, multimedia dramaturgy, storytelling and screenwriting, linear audiovisuals, camera operation techniques, sociology of new media, sound design, languages of contemporary art, basics of animation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>SECOND YEAR</strong></p> <p>Guides students towards further improvement in the field by choosing one of the programme specialisations (Filmmaking or Animation) and through specialising studies in direction, creative writing, direction of photography, interactive storytelling, visual effects, 2D-3D animation.</p> <p>Led by lecturers through practical experiences, students learn how to develop complete projects in the different fields of application, from the concept to the economic, physical and time boundaries, and the requests of the client.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>THIRD YEAR</strong></p> <p>It defines students knowledge and skills and provide the opportunity to independently and professionally manage the complete creative process for audio-visual - fiction or documentary - or animation projects, with regard to the contemporary professional context of production and distribution. By the end of the programme, students develop a personal method and language through specialising courses of direction, media production, multimedia design, copyright, and didactic activities related to the thesis project, in its theoretical and project-based components.</p>

Department: Design and Applied Arts

Area: Media Design and New Technologies

Title Awarded: First Level Academic Degree

Credits: 180 CFA

Starting: October 2022*

Duration: 3 years

Languages: Italian and English

Campus: Milan and Rome


*subject to authorisation by MUR currently in progress

Specialisations: your academic career

Specialisation: Filmmaking

It focuses on the topic of audiovisual productions for cinema, web, tv series, music videos as well as for social networks communication, providing students with the design tools to deal with the ideation, pre-production and post-production phases.

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Animation
Specialisation: Filmmaking
<p>The&nbsp;<strong>specialisation</strong>&nbsp;aims to develop the students' theoretical and practical skills in the&nbsp;<strong>audiovisual design</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong>and production. Starting from the creative aspects &ndash; from concept to screenplay and development - students deal with all the technical phases of a professional project, from pre-production to direction, from cinematography to editing, post-production, and sound design. The path deepens the research on main themes, styles, technologies, and design typologies in the contemporary audiovisual scenario to train&nbsp;young authors, directors and professionals.</p>
Specialisation: Animation

The student acquires the tools for the production of animation projects, from writing and art direction to stop-motion, 2D and 3D animation techniques.

Bachelor of Arts in Film and Animation
Specialisation: Animation
<p>The creation of characters and worlds, and the experimentation in the language field are the main topics of the BA. Starting from the learning of the different digital animation techniques, students have the possibility to enhance their capacities of story-telling and personal vision. The&nbsp;<strong>specialisation</strong>&nbsp;provides the tools for the production of a thesis project, using&nbsp;<strong>2D animation</strong>, stop-motion, and basic skills of&nbsp;<strong>3D animation</strong>, and enables students to gain a solid awareness of the animation practices for the artistic and professional field.</p>

Our Faculty

Luca Poncellini
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Design and Applied Arts Department Head
Luca Poncellini
<p><strong>Design and Applied Arts Department Head</strong></p> <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 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>
Alessandro Bertante
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Animation Course Leader - Milan
Bachelor of Arts in Film and Animation Course Leader - Milan
Alessandro Bertante
<p>Alessandro Bertante was born in Alessandria in 1969, he has always lived in Milan. He is author of the essays <em>Re Nudo</em> (2005, NDA) and <em>Contro il &rsquo;68</em> (2007, Agenzia X). Among his novels: <em>Al Diavul</em> (2008, Marsilio), winner of Premio Chianti, <em>Nina dei lupi</em> (2011 Marsilio, 2019 nottetempo), Premio Strega finalist and winner of Premio Rieti, <em>Estate Crudele</em> (2013 Rizzoli), winner of Premio Margherita Hack and <em>Gli ultimi ragazzi del secolo</em> (Giunti 2016), winner of Premio Selezione Campiello.</p>
Francesca Staasch
BA in Film and Animation Advisor Leader - Rome
BA in Film and Animation Advisor Leader - Rome
Francesca Staasch
<p>Director and screenwriter, she graduated from the London Film School in 1997. She studied with director A. Kiarostami and script theorists R. McKee and K. Dancyger. Resident artist at the Cit&eacute; Des Arts in Paris in 2001, after having made several short films, including &ldquo;Monochrome&rdquo;, in 2012 she directed her debut film &ldquo;Happy Days Motel&rdquo; produced by Rai Cinema. She has been a consultant for Rai and BBC and directed 12 episodes of the web series &ldquo;The Zedef Chronicles&rdquo;. Future projects include the two feature films "Tina" with the production company Rosamont and "Libera Fuori", produced by Thinkfull, and the comedy series "Stai Su!" with Lynn/Greenland, in addition to numerous collaborations with prominent screenwriters. She currently is BA in Film and Animation Advisor Leader at the NABA Campus in Rome.</p>

Study and career opportunities

Study Abroad

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 Institution Placement

NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies that provide internships for NABA students, including: The Walt Disney Company Italia, Zodiak Active, Fabrica Art & Media, Green Tomato, Next Media Lab, Cicciotun, Festival Internazionale del Film Locarno, Studio Azzurro, Mediaset, Cinerent, Running Tv International, Magnolia, 3Zero2TV, Spyder J. Film, You_are, Italian International Film, Cattleya.

The BA cooperates or has cooperated with: Next Media Lab, Cicciotun, Festival Internazionale del Film Locarno, Studio Azzurro, Mediaset, H3G, Rai 2, Trussardi, Officina Italia, MIR Cinematografica, Fondazione Cinema per Roma, Alice nella città, Milanomusica, Centri Porsche di Milano, Action Aid, About a film, Artissima, Alessi, Arexpo, Festival dei Popoli, Lumen Films, Indiana Production, Mercurio Cinematografica, Groenlandia.

After the Bachelor of Arts

Continue your academic career: Master of Arts in Creative Media Production 

Kick-off your career. Among the career opportunities:

  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Media designer
  • Producer
  • Editor
  • Director of photography
  • Filmmaker
  • Concept artist
  • Art director for audiovisuals
  • 2D animator
  • Creative producer