NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano


Founded in 1980, NABA is an internationally renowned innovative arts and design academy based in the heart of Milan’s design scene.

NABA is the largest private educational academy in Italy offering six BA and seven MA courses, all recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). The continued success of NABA over 30 years stems from the multidisciplinary approach of all of our programs and relies upon a well-balanced combination of theory, taught by distinguished teaching professionals and practical work with leading companies and studios.

NABA prides itself on its networks with the most prestigious companies and top-level professionals, offering students the unique opportunity to develop their professional artistic competencies whilst preparing them for the world of work. Within one year of graduation, 82% of students find jobs. Set in the beautiful Navigli area of Milan, the modern NABA campus is 17,000 mq and consists of 12 buildings.

All facilities, equipment, and individual subject studios are constantly updated to keep students’ work as fresh and cutting edge as possible. With 3.000 students coming from 70 different countries NABA has a real international feel that adds value and enriches the student experience.

NABA proudly promotes intensive educational exchanges with Art and Design universities in Europe, USA, Latin America and Asia.

NABA joined the Laureate International Universities network in 2009. Laureate is a trusted global leader in providing access to high-quality, innovative institutions of higher education.




NABA was originally founded in Milan in 1980 by Ausonio Zappa, Guido Ballo, and Tito Varisco. The trio wanted to change the rigid academic traditions of the past by introducing new visions and languages based on contemporary artistic practice and the creative professions. In 1981 NABA was officially recognized by the Ministry of Education, University & Research.


During the 1980s the school soon became a leading Academy and attracted internationally renowned artists including Kengiro Azuma, Emilio Isgrò, Carlo Mo, Emilio Tadini, Lucio Del Pezzo, Franco Grignani, Mario Carieri, Umberto Mariani, Roberto Menghi, Aldo Montù, Waler Valentini, Gino Negri and Hidetoshi Nagasawa. Another of the famous names to be associated with the school was Gianni Colombo, who later became the Director of the Academy from 1985 to 1993 and really helped to shape NABA’s educational philosophy, making it as contemporary as it is today.


In 1990 the Academy underwent an internationalization process, leading to NABA joining ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts). Later, in 1995 the Academy received the very most prestigious of awards from The Mayor of Milan, who awarded NABA the Certificate of Civic Merit with the following accolade: “NABA has grown in prestige and fame and has become the Italian reference point for Fine Arts Academies in Europe and Internationally.”


In the years 2003 to 2004 NABA moved to the impressive new campus on via Darwin 20, Milan. From 2006 to 2011 NABA added a further eight programs to its ever-growing list of courses offered, including the first two-year MA programs and one-year Master programs.

Finally, on the 21st December 2009, NABA joined Laureate Education, an international network of accredited universities that includes a community of over 1,000,000 students in more than 80 institutions in 29 countries.

why naba

Why choose NABA

  1. Over 30 years of excellence
    for more than 30 years, NABA has collaborated with major national and international companies, enabling most graduates to enter the world of work within a year of graduation.
  2. Accreditation
    Being accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education since 1980, NABA offers internationally recognized degree both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  3. Reputation
    Graduating at NABA means being graduated in one of the top Institution in the field of the design according to opinion leader like Domus Magazine.
  4. Exposure to Creative Professional World
    Thanks to the unique educational approach that balance theory with practice, students have the chance to work on real projects with Italian and international companies.
  5. Unique Curriculum
    NABA offers a diverse range of programs and specializations with an innovative and career-oriented focus.
  6. World class facilities
    NABA Campus can count on fully equipped labs, wireless coverage, cafeteria and open green spaces.
  7. Academic Excellence
    100% of NABA’s lecturers are professional and leaders in their field and have educational qualifications required for the courses they teach.
  8. A student-centered mind
    Students come first at NABA. Small Project Classes size grant students a direct and open dialogue with Faculty members.
  9. Diversity
    Students gain a multicultural life experience with 3000 students coming from over 70 different nationalities on our campus.
  10. Milan
    Being based in Milan, the world fashion and design capital, students at NABA can profit from this unique location to participate in international design events and travel across Europe.
  11. A dedicated service for job placement after your studies
    NABA has a dedicated office that supports students finding internship and job after their studies. Thanks to the close relationship with companies, NABA can offer an average of 3 internships per students.
  12. An International Network
    As a member of Laureate Education Institutions, students at NABA can profit from several study abroad opportunities from Erasmus to semester, summer or exchange programs in a different location across the world.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Italian

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Location address
NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Via C. Darwin, 20

Milan, 20143 IT