Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
Fashion & Textile Design Master's Degree 2017/18
Two Years

The Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design at NABA is for young designers who adopt and recognize the language of fashion and are able to visually embrace the essence of the contemporary world (music, visual arts, humanistic culture, technical/scientific culture, craft and industrial technologies, experimentation and tradition): fashion is their language. The program runs as a sort of permanent lab, where students play a central role. Experienced professionals and leading figures in the field of fashion and creativity mentor the students in building their own skills to achieve a personal and professional identity.


Degree Length
Two years; Fall Intake and Spring Intake.

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Digital portfolio
Personal statement
Curriculum vitae/Resume
Official Undergraduate Degree transcript
Copy of Undergraduate Degree
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form

Application Deadline
Fall Intake: June 15, 2017
Spring Intake: November 1, 2017
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
Fall Intake: September 25, 2017 – Late July 2019
Spring Intake: February 26, 2018 – Late Dec 2019


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18

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.



Program Introduction
The two-year Master of Arts Degree in Fashion and Textile Design is addressed to young designers that adopt and recognize in fashion a language able to visually embrace the essence of the contemporary world (music, visual arts, humanistic culture, technical/scientific culture, craft and industrial technologies, experimentation and tradition): fashion is their language. The program runs through a sort of permanent lab, where the students play a central role. Experienced professionals and leading figures in the field of fashion and creativity mentor the students in building their very own skills to achieve a personal and professional identity. The class-lab where students spend the two years recreates the atmosphere of an atelier-greenhouse in which the connection between cultural contents and real application will be the source of creative outputs. This connection is the essence for each student to base the construction of their own professional aptitude within different creative fields (fashion, research, styling, visual, communication).

Learning Outcomes and Career Opportunities
The program prepares innovative fashion designers, ready to work within fashion companies, professional studios, research or style centers, or capable of designing and promoting a personal collection or brand. It opens the doors to high-level positions gravitating around the fashion sector, within event and show agency, and within editorial offices where they could be stylists, art directors, cool hunters. Students and graduates from the Fashion Design Department have been collaborating with, among others: Costume National, Gianni Versace, Guccio Gucci, Jil Sander Italia, Kenzo, Missoni, Ratti Group, Tirelli Costumi, Trussardi, Valentino Fashion Group.

Degree & Certification
Students enrolled in the Master of Art of Fashion & Textile Design that complete the full program, will receive an 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:

  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s High School Diploma*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s High School Academic Transcripts*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s Bachelor Degree*
  • Translation into Italian (by certified translator) of the student’s Undergraduate Academic Transcripts*
  • “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” (Declaration of Value) of the student’s High School Diploma & Bachelor Degree. (The “Dichiarazione di valore in loco” is the document attesting that the study qualification obtained in the student’s country of residence is valid for accessing Italian Universities or Academies)

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.

Curriculum
The two-year program embraces theoretical and practical lectures, as well as internships that allow students to partake and experience the creative realities that make of the Milan area an international landmark (high craft labs, publishing companies and communication agencies, entertainment, events, etc.).

During the first year, students deepen their knowledge of project methodology, taking as reference points the needs of both industrial and handcrafted production. Under the guidance of specialized lecturers, students explore contemporary themes and techniques for model-making, accessories design and sartorial production. They also develop the necessary skills to create and produce their own ideas.

At the same time, students analyze the basics of fashion design and of its associated disciplines, such as visualization and representation techniques, fashion culture and communication, and brand management. This first phase enables students to experiment with different specializations and approaches, and to identify the one they wish to pursue professionally.

During the second year, students focus on their personal elective theme and working towards designing and producing a final individual project. The experimentation and project work is accompanied by an in-depth analysis of key issues related to fashion production, distribution and new business start-ups. Workshop activities are mostly developed within specialized companies and laboratories, which facilitates students’ entrance into the professional environment.

A series of interdisciplinary lectures and conferences offers students the possibility to interact with artists and professionals working in the fields of arts, fashion and design. This exposure gives students the opportunity to create and expand a valuable network of professional contacts. It also helps them further develop their aesthetic sensitivity and creative skills and, therefore, their ability to succeed as fashion and textile design professionals.

Thesis and Final Project
Students have to pass a test for each of the modules throughout the program, and at the end of the two years, they have to present their final thesis: a real professional project focused towards the professional career they have chosen. The final project can be realized in collaboration with the company where the student did the internship. Furthermore, it is possible for the students to focus their thesis on specific aspects of communication and styling, supported by an experience within either agencies or editorial offices, and with the mentorship of their supervisors.

Internship and Study Abroad
Throughout the program students will acquire a number of methods and techniques in the extra-curricular personal training courses, which will be useful to them in the working environment: designing professionalism, project management and presentation techniques, portfolio realization, are the main modules aimed at developing students’ interdisciplinary skills, facilitating their future entrance in the professional world. We also encourage students to pursue an internship within research centers, materials libraries, style and trends agencies, textile and design studios. Alternatively, it is possible to spend a study abroad period within one of NABA partner Academies and Universities, within the frame of the international agreements developed by the Academy within the LLP-Erasmus program and others.


Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2017
Application Deadline
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 2017
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 date of acceptance.
May 12 2017
NABA Scholarship Application Deadline
June 6 2017
NABA Scholarship Awards Announced
July 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
Year 1
On-Site Calendar
September 25 2017
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.
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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.
Coming soon
First Semester Classes Begin
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Holiday Break (no class)
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First Semester Classes End
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First Exam Session
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Second Semester Classes Begin
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Easter Holiday
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Second Semester Classes End
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Second Exam Session
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Interdisciplinary Workshops Begin
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Interdisciplinary Workshops End
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Summer Holiday
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Third Exam Session
Year 2
On-Site Calendar
Coming soon
First Semester Classes Begin
Coming soon
Holiday Break (no class)
Coming soon
First Semester Classes End
Coming soon
First Exam Session
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Second Semester Classes Begin
Coming soon
Easter Holiday
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Second Semester Classes End
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Second Exam Session
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Interdisciplinary Workshops Begin
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Interdisciplinary Workshops End
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Summer Holiday
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Third Exam Session
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Graduation

Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 2017
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$1,500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
Coming soon
NABA Scholarship Application Deadline
October 1 2017
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 date of acceptance.
Coming soon
NABA Scholarship Awards Announced
December 1 2017
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
Year 1
On-Site Calendar
February 25 2018
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.
Coming soon
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.
Coming soon
First Semester Classes Begin
Coming soon
First Semester Classes End
Coming soon
First Exam Session
Coming soon
Second Semester Classes Begin
Coming soon
Second Semester Classes End
Coming soon
Second Exam Session
Coming soon
Interdisciplinary Workshops Begin
Coming soon
Interdisciplinary Workshops End
Coming soon
Third Exam Session
Year 2
On-Site Calendar
Coming soon
First Semester Classes Begin
Coming soon
Holiday Break (no class)
Coming soon
First Semester Classes End
Coming soon
First Exam Session
Coming soon
Second Semester Classes Begin
Coming soon
Second Semester Classes End
Coming soon
Second Exam Session
Coming soon
Interdisciplinary Workshops Begin
Coming soon
Interdisciplinary Workshops End
Coming soon
Third Exam Session
Coming soon
Graduation
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $125
Program Fee
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$33,000
Program Fee: EU Citizens
Students who are EU citizens can receive a discount on their program fee.
Contact SAI
Optional / Additional Fees:
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Milan
$900 $1,500
Visa
Visa & Permit to Stay fees
$300 $300
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$200 / course $200 / course
Housing
SAI can provide recommendations.
$800 / month $1,500 / month
Meals
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
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!

  • Academic Master’s Degree awarded by Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA)
  • Certificate of Recognition awarded by Media Design School
  • Program tuition
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • Admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance throughout your study abroad experience
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

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
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
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.

About SAI

SAI Programs 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.