General Information About NABA

NABA, abbreviated as Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, was founded in 1980 and is the largest private academy university in Italy. It offers both Italian and English education opportunities in undergraduate and graduate fields approved by the Italian Ministry of Education. At NABA, a student can improve their craft while preparing for the world of work.

For decades, NABA has worked and continues to develop relationships with prestigious design companies and studios. The main purpose behind making NABA’s academic methodology so successful and unique is that it balances the emphasis on applied practice with courses on art and design theory. 89% of graduates find employment within one year of graduation.

You can review our article ” Fine Arts Education in Italy “.

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Where is NABA?

NABA campuses have two different campuses, one in Rome and the other in Milan .

Milan campus is located in Navigli, one of the most famous and beautiful places in Milan. This place is known for its historical texture and architectural beauty and covers a very large area consisting of 13 modern buildings and 17.000 square meters in total.

As a result of Rome’s central location, being a student in Rome provides easy access to all regions. The new NABA Campus in Rome is located in the Ostiense district, a former industrial area between the train station and the Tiber. Occupying two historic buildings from the early 20th century, the campus is today a creative and youthful place where artistic and cultural heritage meets contemporary culture. The new school here is in the center of the city, very close to Rome’s most famous archaeological sites and art museums.

NABA University Departments

NABA Undergraduate programs are 3 years and graduate programs are 2 years, and all of them have Italian and English options.

Undergraduate Departments

  • Arts in Media Design and Multimedia (Milan and Rome)
  • Creative Technologies (Milan)
  • Painting and Visual Arts (Milan and Rome)
  • Design (Milan)
  • Fashion Design (Milan and Rome)
  • Graphic Design and Art Direction (Milan and Rome)
  • Set Design (Milan)

For more information, you can read about our Bachelor of Education in Italy topic.

Graduate Departments

  • New Technologies for Arts (Milan)
  • Arts in Fashion and Textile Design (Milan)
  • Social Design (Milan)
  • Product and Service Design (Milan)
  • Interior Design (Milan)
  • Communication Design (Milan)
  • Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies (Milan)

For more information, you can read our Postgraduate Study in Italy topic.

NABA’s Opportunities for Students

NABA campuses cover a very large area with numerous private laboratories, study and recreation areas, and a library. NABA University, which has design laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment, is constantly renewing its classrooms. NABA has many private laboratories where students can use professional tools for complex and interdisciplinary projects in fashion design, media design and new technologies, and visual arts.

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NABA students can benefit from a variety of special areas and rooms spread throughout the campus:

  • Study rooms provide a comfortable and peaceful environment for students to study between classes or in their spare time.
  • Computer classrooms, two computer classrooms, each equipped with IT workstations (Mac Os and Windows), are available to students during class hours.
  • There is a student lounge, a free and easily accessible common room with a microwave for a snack during lunchtime or between classes.

NABA Buddy Project

The Buddy Project is a fellowship project offered by NABA to assist international students in their first year so they can adapt more quickly.

The aim of the project is to create a network of relationships for incoming students and facilitate their integration. This project is also an opportunity to get to know other students and build relationships with students from all over the world and with Italian students.

Buddy is a volunteer student selected after a certain stage from students in the second and third year of the three-year department or the second year of the two-year department. Their roles on campus, in Milan or Rome, aim to increase the relational skills of international students and mingle with different friends.

Life in Milan

Studying art in the world’s fashion and design capital is the dream of many fashion and design lovers. The city of Milan has existed for years as a fashion city and attracts the best designers in the world; these designers bring their most creative ideas to life here and present them to people with spectacular shows. Who hasn’t heard of Milan fashion week! Is there a place where you can learn better fashion and design than here?


In Milan you will have the opportunity to meet some of Italy’s best artists and examine their best designs and artworks. You will have the opportunity to attend exhibitions of the popular art world and many famous designs and fashion masters, such as Fashion Weeks. It will be very easy for you to be the first to know about all the developments in fashion and to catch the opportunity to be a pioneer in this field.

Heart of Europe Milan

For centuries, Italy has been the first basic stop of almost all artistic developments. We can easily see this in ancient ruins, classical architecture, world-famous paintings and sculptors. Likewise, we can easily see their seminal effects in today’s modern artistic branches. A city that lives and breathes art…

The city of Milan is one of the rare cities where you can find all branches of art intensely together. It is a place where you can find yourself intertwined with contemporary art branches. Especially with its brave theater companies, world-class galleries, museums, design studios, showrooms and the latest and current technological developments in these fields, as well as many world-famous media companies are included in this art city.

Student Life in Milan

Studying at NABA University Milan means mingling with people from 70 countries and over 4000 students in a multicultural environment. You can be sure that you will have the chance to collaborate and learn new approaches from your international peers.

Milan is located in a location where travel opportunities and social activities in Europe can take place in the easiest way. You can see the magnificent mountain and lake views of Northern Italy, and you can easily go to Venice , Tuscany or even Rome with just a train. Or you can easily go to Germany, France or even England or Spain for a weekend. In addition, all of NABA‘s campuses have easy connection points with airports and train stations in Milan.

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Opportunities to be included in a training program in Milan bring many opportunities. I am sure you are not hearing about the natural and dynamic beauty of Italy for the first time here. After you come here and see the magnificent beauties here, we are sure that you will understand why so many leading artists, sculptors and fashion designers are raised in Italy.

You can review our article ” Moving to Italy and Living in Italy “.


Life in Rome

The origin of Western culture, the city of Rome, is a place where many historians and thinkers who have left their mark on history are educated. This city, the first center of Western culture, is surrounded by historical buildings and museums and is almost an open-air museum. This city, which is ranked among the most beautiful cities in the world, is also a city protected under the UNESCO cultural heritage.

The City Where Civilization Meets Modern Architecture

The city of Rome, the capital of cinema and Italian culture, is a city full of magnificent historical buildings and ruins, and it is a magnificent city where new exotic structures and ruins are discovered every day and where they are reinterpreted with many new contemporary artists and introduced to the world with exhibitions.

Along with the classical Renaissance art inscribed in the soul of the city, NABA students will have the opportunity to get to know historical architectures and structures better with many modern museums. For example, Architectural works such as Renzo Piano‘s Auditorium Parco della Musica or Zaha Hadid‘s MAXXI: Museum of XXI century Arts are modern society. Rome Forum has become “a public space for the speaking and sharing of artistic language, open to the city and its inhabitants”.


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Student Life in Rome

The energy and cultural richness of the city of Rome helps students increase their cultural knowledge by participating in many exhibitions, plays, and concerts such as the world-famous Rome Jazz Festival in order to improve themselves. In addition to these, it hosts the David di Donatello award event and the Rome Film Festival, which are world-renowned cinema events, especially in the field of cinema.

You can read our ” Life in Rome ” article.

NABA Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

  • High school diploma
  • Minimum CEFRL B1 certificate for Italian courses (not older than 2 years)
  • For English sections; IELTS 5.0, TOEFL Computer 173-180, TOEFL Internet 59-64 (not older than 2 years)
  • 150 € application fee

You can read our article ” SAT, TOEFL and IELTS Exams “.

Graduate Program Entry Requirements

  • A diploma or undergraduate degree is required for the applied departments. If not, the work you have done and the seminars you have attended that strengthen the bond between you and the department should be shown.
  • If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, you will be awarded a certificate upon graduation instead of a Master of Arts (MA) title.
  • Minimum CEFRL B1 certificate for Italian courses (not older than 2 years)
  • For English sections; IELTS 5.0, TOEFL Computer 173-180, TOEFL Internet 59-64 (not older than 2 years)
  • 100 € application fee

Have a look at the topic “Italian Course” to study the department of your interest in Italian.

NABA Tuition Fees and Scholarship

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NABA undergraduate tuition fee is fixed at €18,200 for non-European citizens based on the academic year 2021-22. Fees are paid annually. Education fees of European citizens differ according to their income level. If the student (and his family) has been residing in a country belonging to the European Union for at least 3 years and obtaining his income from Europe, the tuition fees are as follows:

Income distribution Household income Annual tuition fee
Income statement Approximately 150.000 Euros € 18,200
5. Income Group up to 150.000 Euro € 16,300
4. Income Group up to 130.000 Euro € 13.500
3. Income Statement up to 100,000 Euros € 11,740
2. Income Statement up to 70.000 Euro € 8,890
1. Income Statement up to 45,000 euros € 7.100

NABA postgraduate tuition fee is fixed at €18,200 for non-European citizens based on the academic year 2021-22 . Fees are paid annually. European citizens , on the other hand, vary from 8900 € to 18.200 € according to the income distribution above.

For a one-year academic master’s program, NABA has set the 2021-22 academic year as €15,000 for European citizens and €19,000 for non-European citizens.

NABA offers its students many options for scholarship opportunities. Italy has a higher scholarship rate than other European countries. Students can benefit from the scholarship opportunities offered by the Italian state. Scholarship amounts in Italy vary between 2000 and 5200 Euros per year.

You can learn more by reviewing our article University Fees and Scholarships in Italy .

NABA Accommodation Facilities

NABA supports its students in finding accommodation in private apartments and/or managed by contracted real estate agents. You can find studio apartments, single rooms, or photos shared with other students, costs, location and services located near campus.

Finally, you can review our article ” Accommodation in Italy “.

Fill in our application form for information about accommodation services in Milan and Rome, as well as the professional process and university application. We can help secure your place at NABA Art Academy.