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Students in this one-year master’s program will develop core skills in copywriting, storytelling, and art direction so they can create advertising campaigns across various types of media. Graduates will develop the skills necessary to launch careers in art direction and copywriting in creative agencies worldwide.
One year; Fall Intake.
Complete online application
Enrollment tasks (see Academics)
Official Undergraduate Degree transcript
Copy of Undergraduate Degree
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form
June 15, 2019
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits
September 2, 2019 – Late July 2020
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 must complete the following enrollment tasks as part of their application.
Find an ad that you really love and in 200 words tell us why you like it. In your discussion of the ad you must talk about:
Find an ad that you really hate, and again tell us in 200 words why you loathe it. In your discussion of the ad you must talk about:
The program initially focuses on the basics of creative advertising – from terminology to project logics – through theory and practice. After which, students will attend a series intensive workshops aimed at creating genuine campaigns with leading companies and sector professionals, while enriching their professional portfolios. To further enhance their portfolios, students will also be encouraged to participate in prestigious international creative competitions. Upon completing the workshops, students will be offered the opportunity to undertake work placements.
For more academic details, please review the NABA Postgrad Brochure.
Degree & Certification
Eligible graduates will receive an Academic Master’s Degree awarded by NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research.
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.
|June 15 2018
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
|Within 1 week of acceptance
||SAI Deposit Due
$1,500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
|May 1 2019
||50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
|May 10 2019
||NABA Scholarship Application Deadline|
|May 30 2019
||NABA Scholarship Awards Announced|
|July 1 2019
||Balance of Total Program Fee Due|
|September 2 2019
||Program Check-in & SAI Orientation
Students arrive in Milan independently prior to this date and must check in with onsite staff by this day. Check-in includes a brief program orientation.
|Late September 2019
||NABA Academic Orientation
NABA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities for students to get to know each other and meet professors.
|Late July 2020
||Graduation & Program End|
|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 90 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.