Certificate - Foundation Year

1 year
Upon request
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
Milan / Italy
NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Program description

Students who have completed secondary school or an equivalent credential but do not meet all of the admission requirements for their preferred NABA bachelor's degree program may be eligible to enroll in the Foundation Year, an interdisciplinary preparatory program.

Enables applicants to enter relevant BACKGROUND programs in their first year of study with the necessary linguistic, educational, and cultural competences.

Courses can be taken in either English or Italian over the course of the roughly nine-month (480-hour) duration of the program.

NABARD issues a certificate to students who complete the Foundation Year successfully.

Program structure


  • Language skills
  • Technical languages
  • Italian culture
  • Representation techniques
  • Digital skills
  • History of art
  • Italian panorama
  • Presentation skills
  • Portfolio


Upon request

Requirements for applicants

  1. 11 years of previous education
  2. Language requirements for Foundation programme

Students are required to submit evidence of the knowledge of the English language. The language certificate shall be submitted within one month before the beginning of the programM and should not be older than 2 years.

  • IELTS - 5.0 Academic/General
  • Cambridge English: FIRST (FCE) - 140-159
  • Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) - With Merits or 160
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - C1
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) - C2
  • Cambridge English: Business Vantage / BEC V - C or 154
  • Cambridge English: Business Preliminary / BEC P - Distinction or 160
  • TOEFL Computer - 173 - 180
  • TOEFL PAPER - 494-510
  • TOEFL Internet - 59 - 64
  • Trinity College Certificate - Integrated Skills in English (ISE level I – all 4 skills)
  • PTE Academic - 36 – 42
  • Linguaskill - da 155
  • BIEB - Level B1/ Level B2
  • ESB ESOL International - B1 - Entry 3 (all modes)
  • TEEP - 5
  • Bulats - 40 - 59 (all 4 skills should be passed: listening, reading, speaking, writing)

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.

Areas of education in NABA

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

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