NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti


NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti is an international Academy focused on arts and design: it is the largest Academy of Fine Arts in Italy, and the first one to have been recognised by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR), back in 1981. As a recognised Academy, NABA offers in its two campus in Milan and Rome academic diplomas equivalent to first and second level university degrees in the fields of design, fashion design, graphics and communication, multimedia arts, new technologies, set design, visual arts. The Academy was founded by Ausonio Zappa in Milan in 1980 with the involvement of Guido Ballo and Tito Varisco during a first phase, later attracting to its faculty artists such as Gianni Colombo and many others, the idea being to abandon rigorous academic traditions and instead introduce new visions and languages based on contemporary artistic and professional practice. NABA was selected by the QS World University Rankings® by Subject Art & Design as the Best Academy of Fine Arts in Italy and among the top 100 universities in the world, by Frame to be included in the Masterclass Frame Guide to the 30 World’s Leading Graduate Design, Architecture and Fashion Schools, and by Domus Magazine as one of Europe’s Top 100 schools of Architecture and Design.

NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti students tell their stories, experiences and projects intertwined with expectations and desires, with a glance at their roots.

Milan, Italy, as well as the melting pot of many different nationalities, have enriched the campus life. Such an intercultural dialogue has given rise to an open atmosphere facilitating meetings and new forms of creative expression. Thanks to that, students have learnt how to tell themselves and become aware of their aesthetic identity. The NABA experience has been an essential path to building their professional careers and making their dreams come true.


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