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The NABA Communication Design program synthesizes the economic and creative dimensions of the design field, and applies them to the use of new technologies. It is a path designed to help students develop a solid background in the field of marketing and integrated communications, while gaining a rich variety of expressive skills through the use of real design production tools.
Two years; Fall & Spring Intake.
Complete online application
Official Undergraduate Degree transcript
Copy of Undergraduate Degree
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form
Fall Intake: June 15
Spring Intake: November 1
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
Fall Intake: September – July
Spring Intake: February – December
Academic: Completed Bachelor’s degree
*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements
Undergraduate GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
Language:* Non-native English language speakers must submit IELTS: 6.0+ or equivalent.
Students gain a solid background in integrated marketing communications, a field that combines traditional forms of marketing with new digital communications technologies. Students improve their proficiency in analog graphic design, as well as the latest computer graphics programs. Participants also have the chance to cultivate their skills in a rich variety of design production tools, including photography, Web design, digital video, and integrated new media. Alongside this expressive work, students will examine the fundamentals of brand design, advertising, and journalistic writing to broaden their knowledge of the business side of the profession.
In project work with companies, students practice the strategies required to independently undertake all phases of complex communication projects, including art direction, project management, design, execution, and presentation.
For more academic details, please review the NABA Postgrad Brochure.
Learning Outcomes and Career Opportunities
The program provides students with the tools they need to consciously and independently undertake all phases of complex communication projects, while alerting them to the implications of their work.
Students can employ the theoretical and technical knowledge gained during the program in a wide variety of communication contexts, especially those characterized by complex design problems. Graduates of this program may find employment as:
Degree & Certification
Students enrolled in the Master of Art – Product Design that complete the full program, will receive a Master of Arts Degree awarded by NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education.
Declaration of Value
In order to receive the Academic Master Degree at the completion of the program students holding a non-Italian Bachelor Degree are required to have their degree validated prior to starting the program. In order to do so, students must contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the degree was issued in order to ask for the so called “perfezionamento documenti”, consisting of:
For a complete list of Italian representative authorities worldwide please see here. The legalized and translated documents, as well as the “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” will be issued to the student.
*Please Note: All Consulates vary and they may have slightly different requirements. You must contact the Consulate, which holds jurisdiction where the diploma/degree issuing school is located.
|SAI Program Fees*||USD|
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
|Program Fee: EU Citizens
Students who are EU citizens can receive a discount on their program fee.
|Optional / Additional Fees:|
|International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
*prices are subject to change
|Budget||Low Est.||High Est.|
|Airfare to/from Milan
Visa & Permit to Stay fees.
|Books, Supplies & Course Fees
||$200 / course||$300 / course|
SAI can provide recommendations.
|$800 / month||$1,500 / month|
Combination of cooking at home and eating out.
|$600 / month||$1,000 / month|
|Personal Expenses||$250 / month||$350 / month|
|Transportation within Milan area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
|$100 / month||$250 / month|
Cost varies greatly by student.
|$300 / month||$1,000 / month|
This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!
Pre-departure and Re-entry services
Housing is not included in SAI Select Services Programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for local housing agencies, as well as school-provided apartments. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible.
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.
Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.
SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.