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About the university


NABA is a private institution established in Milan in 1980 by Ausonio Zappa, Guido Ballo, and Tito Varisco with the intention of breaking away from conventional educational models and introducing students to fresh perspectives and innovative pedagogical tools grounded in the realities of the modern creative economy. The Italian Ministry of Education and Research officially recognized NABA in 1981.

Since its inception, NABA has worked to shake up the status quo of academia by introducing fresh perspectives and innovative practices. This is a progressive institution of higher learning that actively seeks out and celebrates the variety that characterizes the modern world.

NABA is more than just a school; it is also a community where students' professional and creative selves can take shape. It's also a hub for creative output, where students can try their hands at a wide range of activities, learning the skills they'll need to strike out on their own as designers and find their place in the wider professional landscape.


In more than 35 years of history NABA 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). In 2017, NABA reached again the Top 30 for Graduate Courses (MA).

Areas of education in NABA

  • Communication And Graphic Design
  • Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Media Design And New Technologies
  • Set Design
  • Visual Arts


  • Rome

Rome is a city rich in history and culture, serving as a hub for international diplomacy, cinema, and national public television; it also offers a contemporary alternative to Milan in the form of collective artistic and cultural productions that engage with the city's past and recent past.

  • Milan

Made in Italy's cultural epicenter, Milan is a thriving metropolis with an outwardly focused culture that proposes a model of cultural development that is ever evolving.
By attending school there, you can immerse yourself in Milan's thriving creative community and benefit from the city's unique blend of international fashion, design, art, and communication expertise.

Why choose NABA?

  1. To attend school in Milan and Rome, two of the world's most prominent centers for the arts, design, and fashion; To work on projects and internships with prestigious organizations; To take advantage of numerous other opportunities
  2. Gaining a global, interdisciplinary perspective that emphasizes experimentation;
  3. To take classes taught by accomplished scholars and prominent working professionals;
  4. A degree approved by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MUR) and internationally (programs taught in both Italian and English);
  5. To attend a school recognized as one of the best in its field internationally, with accolades including "Best Italian Academy" and "Top 100 Worldwide in Art&Design" from the QS World University Rankings® by Subject lists, as well as "leading Design and Fashion schools" designations from DOMUS Magazine and FRAME Publishers.





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