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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano Academy of Arts

Address: Via Carlo Darwin, 20, 20143 Milano MI, Italy

Description NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano Academy of Arts

  • Year of foundation: 1980
  • Location: Milan and Rome, Italy
  • Age of students: 18+
  • Language of instruction: English, Italian
  • Number of students: 4000 people.
  • Type of studying: day, evening.

NABA - New Academy of Fine Arts with offices in Milan and Rome - the largest Italian private academy. Since 1980, it has been legally recognized by AFAM, a system of higher art and music education, as an educational institution that meets the high educational standards of the Italian university sector.

NABA Academy is based in Milan, one of the world's capitals of design, fashion, modern art. In 2019, it opens its headquarters in Rome with its unprecedented artistic heritage, great modern architectural projects, the tradition of Italian cinema and tailoring of haute couture schools. Studying at NABA allows students from around the world to become part of the global fashion industry.

NABA was the first academy in Italy, which studies in the field of fashion, graphics and design were recognized at the world level. Today it offers undergraduate and graduate courses, issues diplomas, and awards degrees. Thanks to the system of academic credits (CFA) accepted by the Academy, NABA graduates can continue their education in Italy and abroad.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano Academy of Arts

Program name

Undergraduate - from 18+

  • Design
  • Creative Technologies
  • Fashion design
  • Graphic Design & Art Direction
  • Media Design e Arti Multimediali
  • Pittura e arti visive
  • Sceneografia

Masters, master courses

  • Design - Indirizzo Interior Design
  • Design - Indirizzo Product Design
  • Fashion and Textile Design
  • Design della comunicazione
  • Arti Visive e Studi Curatoriali
  • Contemporary Art Markets
  • Creative advertising
  • Photography and Visual Design.
from 1 595 € / 2 weeks

Short courses - from 18 years old

  • Area arti visive
  • Area Comunicazione e Web
  • Area fashion
  • Area design
  • Area Tecnologie Digitali.
23.06.2021 -31.07.2021
from 1 795 € / 2 weeks

Summer courses - from 18 years old

  • Area design
  • Area fashion
  • Area Arti Visive e Digitali
  • Dual City - Milano & Roma

Accommodation, housing and food

NABA's housing office provides all registered students with a list of hostels and hotels with special student rates. Students can be accommodated in shared apartments, hotels, B & B (small hotels with breakfast), residences, colleges.

NABA has agreements with numerous real estate agencies that provide a wide range of apartments in different parts of the city, near the campus.

Events NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano Academy of Arts

NABA organizes events aimed at encouraging the integration and socialization of students throughout their stay at the academy:

  • Cocktails, welcome snacks for freshmen
  • Student parties in the cafeteria or on the open campus
  • Developmental courses, leisure programs, personal development (yoga studio, drama, dance, etc.)
  • Additional educational activities - watching, discussing films
  • Travel to the most beautiful Italian and European tourist destinations
  • Studying in team sports games, participation in official university tournaments.

Extracurricular educational and recreational activities create a friendly, hospitable environment at the academy, helping students of different ages from different countries to feel themselves as part of the student community.


  • The Academy is focused on experiments, aimed at the integration of education, scientific research, production, promotion of an interdisciplinary, intercultural, socially responsible approach to education, artistic production.
  • The employment rate of students during the year after the end of the NABA is 89% according to the Ipsos Observer. Today, there are more than 1,000 internship agreements with prestigious companies and associations, including: La Triennale di Milano, Bolzano Museum of Modern Art, The Swatch Group, Giorgio Armani, Pininfarina Extra, Trussardi.
  • For nearly 40 years of history, NABA received numerous prizes and awards that made it the leading academy in the international arena: Frame Publishers included it in the top 30 design schools in the world, Domus magazine in the top 100 European architectural, design schools, Business of Fashion, Global Fashion School Ranking 2016 - in the top 50 three-year and top 25 biennial specialties.
  • The educational institution has created a special language center, designed to help students learn English, to improve their already acquired language skills and receive academic credits in language disciplines.
  • The Academy has signed an agreement with Apple that allows students to access Apple's range of hardware products at special prices, offering discounts and special offers.

Equipment NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano Academy of Arts

The NABA campus is located in a historic complex, recently renovated with unique architectural features. It consists of 13 buildings of more than 17 thousand square meters, including a green area, several specialized laboratories, a cafeteria, a language center, a library, studying rooms and an office designed for students. Specialized laboratories are equipped with modern equipment for the implementation of student projects.

  • Fashion laboratory with industrial sewing machines, presses, irons, professional pillars, mannequins for men, women, students.
  • Tessuteca (textile library) stores samples of approximately 3,000 fabrics, most of which are codified and equipped with technical data sheets. This is a place for research and analysis.
  • Laboratory of textiles and knitwear with knitwear machines, equipment for dyeing fabrics, screen printing using thermoelectric tanks, induction and washing machines, drying.
  • Design Lab includes sections for Light Modeling, Wood, Plastics and 3D. The model site is equipped for polystyrene processing. In the sections on wood, metal and plastic, students can create models that require more complex manual work. Inside the lab there is a section for laser cutting and a 3D printer.
  • The atelier is equipped with easels and tables for individual work.
  • Engraving workshop, fully equipped for printing.
  • Media laboratories equipped with the best IT infrastructure and high-tech equipment for artistic experiments - classes for video editing, 2D, 3D modeling, the advanced editing section, compositing, the section devoted to shooting techniques.
  • Sound Lab, equipped with microphones, digital voice recorders, DJ equipment, VJing, designed for the production of electronic music, sound design and branding.

On campus there is a shop with goods for artwork, a copy center.

Student classroomss, spaces for study and recreation offered by the Academy are diverse:

  • Computer classroom equipped with 30 computers and designed for students for personal exercises and preparation for work
  • Studio where students can study in a relaxed atmosphere in the classroom
  • Snack rooms are common areas with free access, where you can have a bite to eat at home during lunch time, between lessons. The rooms are equipped with microwaves.
  • Bar, restaurants.

The NABA library has more than 12,000 volumes, 50 magazine subscriptions, 400 DVDs for various areas of study.

The headquarters of NABA Rome occupies two historic buildings of the early twentieth century, located 200 meters from Garbatella Metro Station. The area of campus is 3,700 square meters, occupying specialized laboratories, student zones, recreation areas, a library, administrative premises.

NABA Milano and NABA Rome are equipped with an internal telematics infrastructure that connects over 200 locations on each campus. Each student has a virtual archive space on the NABA network, which can be accessed from anywhere inside or outside campus via an extensive wireless network.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Tuition fees at NABA:

  • Undergraduate (3 years) - 18+ - from 16090 € / year.
  • Master's degree (2 years) - 21+ - from 14390 € / year.
  • Master (1 year) - 21+ - 16550 € / year.
  • Summer courses - from 18 years old - 1795 € / 2 weeks
  • Summer courses - from 18 years old - 2995 € / 4 weeks
  • Summer courses - from 18 years old - 4195 € / 6 weeks

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • The certificate of complete secondary education for admission to undergraduate, a completed bachelor's course for admission to the magistracy
  • International Certificate confirming the knowledge of English (IELTS 5.0 level or equivalent)
  • Motivation letter.

All applicants take an entrance exam in accordance with the chosen program of study.

Scholarships NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano Academy of Arts

NABA strives to support highly motivated and talented young people: the academy annually provides 40 scholarships for partial payment of tuition fees. Students who succeed in academic disciplines are awarded grants in the amount of 60%, 50%, 40% and 20% discount when paying for biennial, academic master's programs. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of an evaluation of a project sent by candidates to the course of interest.

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano Academy of Arts reviews

Dora Radeva
For those willing to apply just DON’T! You will waste time and money and in the end you will not even get a diploma... I graduated almost 2 years ago and still don’t have mine... What did I pay for?!?!?!?!? NABA?!?!? They don’t even reply to my emails anymore....
Manager Daria
Dear Dora, we are really sorry you faced with this kind of situation in education sphere. Thank you for your feedback. Smapse Education doesn't work with this university directly but your reply is really useful information for those who wanted to apply here.
Annie Anne
Hello. I would like to know if i apply for Master’s Fashion Design (2 years) and if i will apply scholarship for ...%, Thereafter i have to pay the rest of cost in 1 time? Can i gradually pay for tuition fees? Thank you.
Smapse LTD
Dear Annie Anne, these issues are dealt with on an individual basis. In most cases it's possible.

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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