N.A.B.A - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti


NABA is an Academy of Arts and Design which was formed in 1980 by a group of artists, who aimed at challenging the rigid academic tradition by introducing new visions and languages closer to contemporary artistic practice and the creative professions. NABA education integrates the more traditional disciplines of visual representation with the new digital technologies and the critical-project culture of Italian Design. NABA training programs are based on a cross-disciplinary method aimed at developing artistic-professional skills and profiles in the fields of art, design, fashion, media and graphic design.


Nature : Private institution specialized in Design at the Undergraduate level.
President : Alessandro GUERRIERO founder of Alchimia, one of the most vital groups in the evolution of Italian avant-garde design. In the year 1982 he was awarded the Golden Compass for his achievements and research in the field of design.
Location : Milan, largest economic centre in Italy (1.5 hours from Paris by plane and 1.5 hour from Genova and the sea).
Design School : NABA offers 3 year fully recognized Bachelor of Arts Degrees
Students number : total of 700 students from over 40 countries are studying at the school.
Teaching body : faculties are also having professional activities in the real italian design world. Network of important visiting professors drawn from industry


- Language teaching : except for the short courses (entirely in English) all our programs are conducted in Italian. NABA provides all levels of language preparation in Milan or in other locations before the academic year begins at special fees.
- Awarding body : it’s the only private institution in Milan that can issue Bachelor of Arts Degrees recognized by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR) valid in all countries that have bilateral agreements with Italy on recognition of academic qualifications. The school also awards directly Certificates for diploma and shorter programs.
- September intakes : Bachelor and Diploma programs
- June intake : Summer courses


NABA internship and placement office assists BA first and second year students interested in doing short internships, third year students and NABA graduates looking for longer internships. Students are required to do internships as part of their study curricula in order to be awarded extra credits.
The internship and placement office helps students to define their professional profile, choose and contact the company that meets their requirements and capabilities, manages all the bureaucratic aspects of the internship (agreement with the company and personal insurance).


Bachelor: To be admitted to the Italian University System, therefore to NABA, students need to have completed at least 12 years of education. Students are required a high school diploma that must be translated, legalized and be given the value declaration certificate by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin.
Diploma: Especially designed for students who do not meet the B.A. Hons Degree program entry requirements. It last 3 years and the study plan is the same as the B.A. Hons Degree Program. Students who already have a background in the desired field of study and wish to be admitted to the Diploma program in the 2nd and 3rd year need to submit a cv and a portfolio. Students without any prior experience can apply for 1st year entry.
To receive the Admission forms, check-list of application documents, document with advises, free personal advises during the application process : >>> contact us



Please remember to prepare 2 files (1 set of supporting documents and the portfoglio) before contacting the South-East Asia Representative (Mr. Hubert FOURNIER) with questions and copy of your résumé for his review and possible correction. Based in Singapore he covers South-East Asia (starting with Indonesia, Malaysia & Singapore), he is there to advise and orientate you, support and speed-up your application process in order to get a clear and fast decision (admission, postponement, rejection).

This is a very brief introduction and we advise you to review the list of programs append :


Design (Interior/Industrial)

Fashion & Textile Design

Theatre Design

Graphic Design & Art Direction

Media Design (Film, Video, Computer Animation)

Visual Arts (Painting, Videoart, Photography, Public Art)

3 years programs, conducted in Italian, intake in September

Alternative schedule: Evening Classes

Design (interior, industrial)

Fashion and Textile Design

Graphic Design and Art Direction

from Monday to Friday and one/two Saturday every month (from 17.30 to 21.30)

3 years programs, conducted in Italian, intake in September

>>>View the courses details here

>>>Download the brochure and application form in our download area


Design (Interior/Industrial)

Fashion and Textile Design

Theatre Design Graphic

Design and Art Direction

Media Design (Film, Video, Computer Animation)

Visual Arts (Painting, Video art, Photography, Public Art)

1,2 or 3 years programs, conducted in Italian, intake in September

>>>View the courses details here

>>> Download the brochure and application form in our download area

SUMMER COURSES Introduction level

The Introduction level programs are aimed at students without academic background on a specific subject area and offer a unique opportunity to explore a new creative environment. Students will learn from experienced and skilled professionals and will be taught how to research and present a creative idea.

Introduction to interior and furniture design

Introduction to fashion design

Introduction to fashion marketing

Introduction to graphic design

Introduction to product design



The Studio level programs meet the needs of students possessing previous knowledge on the subject area and willing to upgrade it through an intensive and specialised training experience. Students are involved in a design environment simulating a professional studio, gaining a deep understanding of the creative and technical components of the design process.

Fashion Design Studio - accessories

Fashion Design Studio - women’s wear

Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Show Production

Fashion Styling

Interior Design Studio

Product Design Studio

Graphic Design Studio

Digital Photography

>>>View the courses details here
>>> Download the brochure and application form in our download area


Selected visits to museums, company production sites and design studios held during all programs will expose the students to the creative and cultural environment in Italy. Students are free to combine the two weeks modules into a four week-program meeting specific training needs.


Local contact in South-East Asia : Hubert FOURNIER






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