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NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

3.5 out of 5 (12 ratings / 10 reviews) Milano, Italy
The NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, part of the GALILEO Global Education group, is an internationally renowned art and design academy located at the center of Milan’s world-famous design scene. 

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Humanities (1)
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Founded in 1980, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti is the largest private art academy in Italy. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Italian and English that are accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR).


At NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, the professors are key to the success of our approach. They are highly skilled educators who  are also practicing art and design  professionals. They come from leading design  and architecture studios, fashion companies, advertising and marketing agencies,  and arts and culture institutes. Some are renowned art curators, designers, critics, published authors, or regular contributors to influential art and design magazines. All bring a current, real-world perspective to their lectures and group projects, through which they  inspire students to learn, experiment, and grow.


NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti adopts an internal evaluation system of teaching and research activities, interventions on right to education and administrative management in accordance with the procedures of the Quality System UNI and ministerial regulations.


NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti’s Career Services & Industry Relations Office can provide you with support and guidance during your transition from the academy to the professional world. Our staff can help you develop self-promotion tools and assist you during your first steps into the world of work.

The Office develops relationships with companies in order to set up internship agreements, employment opportunities, and interactive projects between students and businesses.

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Student services

The Student Life Office provides several non- educational services  directed at facilitating student integration at NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti. These services  range  from assistance with bureaucratic issues, to healthcare and social life matters. Activities promoting integration include the welcoming of new groups of students, leisure  time  courses  and courses  encouraging personal growth, such as meditation, bio dance and yoga,  cine-forum, weekend trips and excursions out-of-town, in addition to social and musical events  on campus.

Student Care is a new service  offered by NABA to its students, especially to students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) and physical disabilities. 

Housing services

NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti helps BA, MA and Master students to find accommodation (minimum of permanence 12 months) offering, through selected agencies and private owners, single  or double rooms in apartments shared  with other students and/or single  apartments.

Library services

The library contains books and other media relevant to NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti courses.  Students can search for articles on EBSCO, the premiere online academic database. Lecture notes and supporting materials are available, as well as a complete record of design  contests that students can participate in.

ICT services

NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti's superb IT infrastructure, high-tech equipment, and fully  equipped labs provide students with every  resource for unlimited experimentation and self-expression. Numerous and spacious common areas help to build a strong feeling of community among students and faculty members by fostering invaluable interaction and collaboration.

Medical services

NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti offers a Counseling Service for students. In up to eight weekly encounters of 50 minutes each, counselors support students in finding the inner resources to face difficulties related to their studies, relationships, and personal growth, such as:

  • Distance from home
  • Culture shock
  • Stress about projects and exams
  • Difficulties in relationships with classmates and others
  • Emotional difficulties

Student Life

Campus life

NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti’s campus hosts  more  than 4000 students from all over  Italy  and more  than 70 foreign countries. Its 13 buildings are located downtown in the Navigli district - one of Milan’s most exciting and stimulating areas - in a newly renovated industrial complex with significant architectural value.

The NABA campus, which covers approximately 17,000 sqm, includes an atelier and labs for several activities: design,  knitwear, fabrics printing and dyeing, 3D printing, computer graphics, sound  design,  photographic studio.

 In addition to these, there are also a student lounge area, print and paint shops, and a cafeteria.

Sports facilities

The Office of NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti also organizes fun social activities for you to get to know other students, such as:

  • Sport Tournaments
  • Courses in well-being—Biodanza, mindfulness, and yoga—attended by students from both NABA and Domus Academy.
  • These activities facilitate friendship and reciprocity, making you and every student feel part of NABA’s large and vibrant community.


In more than 35 years of history, NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti  has received several awards and accolades being considered one of the world’s top schools in the areas of art, fashion, design:

  • Selected by Frame Publishers in its Masterclass guide to the 30 best graduate schools in the world: in 2012 (MA in Design - Specialization in Product Design), in 2013 (MA in Fashion and Textile Design), in 2014 (MA in Design – Specialization in Interior Design).
  • Mentioned by Domus Magazine in the guide Europe’s Top 100 Schools of Architecture and Design in 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • Ranked in BOF – Business of Fashion – Global Fashion School Ranking 2016, in the Top 50 ranking for Undergraduate Courses (BA) and Top 25 for Graduate Courses (MA).

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I would recomend NABA to many people because there is a beautiful atmospere,created by the professor,who are not only teachers,but real designer and architects, and all the students,like me,that came with one dream,for which we give everything possible everyday to make it into reality.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

NABA is really engaging and makes you discover your own kind of visual style and expression.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's a professional university, it prepares you to - in addiction to study - to the future work and to its rhythms.

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