Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
Interior Design Master's Degree
Two Years

The two year Master of Arts in Interior Design at NABA helps students explore the boundaries and constraints of the world of interior design, acquiring and widening their knowledge, critical awareness, and original thinking. Students develop a highly experimental attitude to pursue innovation both in theory and practice, through a widely interdisciplinary design approach. During an intensive two-year exploration of interior spaces, students learn to envision the future: how we will live, how we will work, how we will communicate through interior spaces.

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
Spring Intake: November 1
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
Fall Intake: September – July
Spring Intake: February – December

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
In recent decades interiors have played an increasingly important role in the individual and collective living spaces of large global cities. An “inside” space is essentially constructed and relating to it means becoming part of a complex body. Interior design can “enliven” the public and private spaces of a contemporary city: it is a tool that allows one to give soul and meaning to places, both physical and mental, within which the life of the inhabitants is defined. The program features a series of design courses in which students are expected to address highly complex conceptual and operational issues, through an interdisciplinary approach that is open to innovation and cultural exchange. There are also courses on the development of specific methodological and technical approaches to the design of interiors and fittings. The theoretical courses address the exploration of the historical and contemporary panorama of Italian design, as well as research in the field of the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The program is completed with projects in collaboration with companies and with intensive interdisciplinary workshops in which students can explore the relationship between interior design and other creative areas, including service design, communication design and exhibition design.

Learning Outcomes and Career Opportunities
During the two-year MA in Design-Interior Design, students have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the limits and constraints of the world of interior design, widening their knowledge, critical awareness, empirical and creative thinking skills
  • Develop a solid empirical design thinking and a conscious methodological approach for their future professional career
  • Design how humans live, work, and communicate through interior spaces, over two years of intense interior space exploration, in the exceptionally stimulating and creative environment of the city of Milan.

Design studios and companies employ MA in Design-Interior Design graduates to manage the design of spaces in home environments, commercial settings, manufacturing sites, and cultural venues, including museums, trade fairs, and retail spaces. They may also design public spaces for important functions (such as offices, hospitals, schools, and universities), in addition to hotel spaces in an era of mass tourism.

For more academic details, please review the NABA Postgrad Brochure.

Degree & Certification
Students enrolled in the Master of Art – Interior Design that complete the full program 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:

  • 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.

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $125
Program Fee
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
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Program Fee: EU Citizens
Students who are EU citizens can receive a discount on their program fee.
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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
$900 $1,500
Visa & Permit to Stay fees.
$300 $300
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
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 should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
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.

About SAI

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.