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NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

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Founded in 1980, NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, with campus in Milan and in Rome, is the largest art academy in Italy. Since 1981 NABA is legally recognised by the Higher Education in Art and Music system (AFAM, Alta Formazione Artistica e Musicale), regulated by the Ministry of University and Research (MUR). 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. For the 2023 edition and for the third year in a row, QS World University Rankings® by Subject named NABA as the first and only Italian Academy of Fine Arts among the 100 best universities in the Art & Design field. This achievement confirms the excellence of the Academy's distinctive didactic methodology, revolving around a strong vocation for research and for the constant relationship with the artistic and professional context. Currently the courses are attended by more than 5,000 students from all over Italy and from over 80 international countries in Milan and Rome Capus. The continued success of NABA is based on the multidisciplinary approach of all its programs and relies upon a well-balanced combination of theory taught by distinguished professionals and practical work with leading companies and studios.

Countries: Italy

Location: Online Campus

Industries: 2D Animation 3D Animation Visual Effects Game Design & Development Concept Art & Illustration Architectural Visualisation Product Visualisation Motion Graphics Immersive Media Graphic Design Web Design & Development Other

Software: Adobe Creative Suite Cinema 4D Houdini Nuke Rhino Toon Boom Harmony Touch Designer Unity Unreal Engine

Programs: Bachelor Degree Masters Short Course

Certifications: Unreal Academic Partner Toon Boom Authorized Training Centre


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Undergraduate Programmes

BA in Creative Technologies

The BA in Creative Technologies (First Level Academic Degree in New Technologies for Applied Arts) explores the world of CGI and aims at growing professional figures in the fields of Game, VFX and 3D. Over the whole programme the students learn the most innovative digital techniques: from virtual production to develop VFX in real time, to character design and animation with the use of motion capture systems, from the development of video games to the design of virtual reality experiences.

Specialisation: Game The Game specialisation has the objective to train game developers and technical artists capable of facing all stages useful and necessary to develop a video game, through the learning of the main instruments for the creation of stories, settings, characters, and the development of interactive and playable prototypes. Great attention is paid to the analysis of the principal game engines used in the videogame industry as well as to the most recent Virtual Reality and Virtual Production techniques today hybridising an ever increasing number of digital entertainment sectors.

Specialisation: VFX and 3D The VFX and 3D specialisation aims to train VFX artists and 3D artists capable of tackling all the useful and necessary stages for the development of visual elements for the world of cinema, events, and game. Students have the opportunity to learn the main techniques for live-action shooting on green screen, the creation and management of 3D characters and environments, the classic animation for key frames, the advanced animation with Motion capture systems for body and face, the use of off-line renderings, and the most contemporary techniques of Virtual production in real time.

Specialisation: BA in Film and Animation The BA was created to prepare artists and professionals in the field of audiovisual creations, in particular in the branch of cinema, in both live action productions and animations, and in all the traditional, contemporary and future applications including their hybrid products. The dynamic nature of this industry and of new technologies assumes the outlining, even in the short term, of new professional roles, and the BA lays the foundations to keep up with these changes.

Specialisation: Animation The creation of characters and worlds, and the experimentation in the language field are the main topics of the BA. Starting from the learning of the different digital animation techniques, students have the possibility to enhance their capacities of story-telling and personal vision. The specialisation provides the tools for the production of a thesis project, using 2D animation, stop-motion, and basic skills of 3D animation, and enables students to gain a solid awareness of the animation practices for the artistic and professional field.

Specialisation: Filmmaking The specialisation aims to develop the students’ theoretical and practical skills in audiovisual design and production. Starting from the creative aspects – from concept to screenplay and development - students deal with all the technical phases of a professional project, from pre-production to direction, from cinematography to editing, post-production, and sound design. The path deepens the research on main themes, styles, technologies, and design typologies in the contemporary audiovisual scenario to train young authors, directors and professionals.

Postgraduate Programmes

MA in Creative media production

The MA in Creative Media Production explores the complexity of a world managed and interpreted by analogical tools, such as video cameras and microphones, as well as by digital ones, such as big data and machine learning, through the creative expression of experimental media and new technologies. The programme lays the foundations to find innovative artistic and expressive ways of restoring reality to audiovisual productions, by the use of documentary, creative coding, X-reality.

MA in Digital and Live Performance

The Master of Arts is a highly specialised interdisciplinary course focusing on different areas, including contemporary dramaturgy, body and movement, new technologies, interaction and sound design. The two-year MA is unique in Italy and aims to establish a set of methods to research innovative languages, ideate and design multidisciplinary artistic performances, training professionals able to dialogue and interact with international productions.

Academic Masters

Academic Master in Screenwriting for Series

Through an intensive programme that integrates theories, methods and design practices by developing cross-disciplinary skills of analysis and cultural coding of contemporary languages, this Master intends to train professionals figures in the field of audio-visual screenwriting, who are capable of intercepting themes and narratives of a constantly evolving world for the development of cinematographic or serial projects of national and international relevance.

Summer Courses

From June to August, NABA offers two-week intensive courses in the fields of Design, Fashion, Fine Arts, Multimedia Arts, Communication, Italian Culture in Milan and Rome.

You will be immersed in Italy’s thriving creative community through visits to museums, companies, production facilities, and design studios. Guided by skilled Italian and international professionals, you will explore trends in fashion and design and learn how to research and present a creative idea.

Upon successful completion of each 2-week summer course in Milan, in Rome (45 hours) as well as for the Two Cities, Double Experience programmes (50 hours), NABA will issue 3 CFA credits that can be transferred at the option of each student’s home university.

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