Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
Product Design Master's Degree 2018/19
Two Years

The two year Master of Art in Design, with specialization in Product Design, at NABA prepares future designers and provides them with a contemporary approach to design, which originated from the Italian design culture. The program is structured around fifteen courses in which students are led by renowned design professionals in the investigation and design of the new relationship between human beings, the environment, and objects. The program is guided by a twofold approach: on one hand the analysis of the reference scenario, and on the other, the design or re-design activity through an experiential and physical relationship with the object. Students learn new methodologies and techniques while working with mentors in NABA’s atelier, where students study and apply different methodologies.


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, 2018
Spring Intake: November 1, 2018
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
Fall Intake: Late Sept 2018 – Late July 2020
Spring Intake: Late Feb 2019 – Late Dec 2020


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 NABA, we have an atelier. This is actually not an original idea: in fact, we copied it from the artisanal boutiques we are surrounded by here in Italy, and in Milan. Roles are clear and well defined, in an atelier. Pupils have the opportunity to learn new methodologies and techniques while working with their masters. In our atelier, we use several different methodologies, apply countless techniques, and have many masters. In our atelier, you become a designer. You learn how to read and understand time, space, and the world around us. In our atelier, you learn to design today to be able to redesign the future.

Learning Outcomes and Career Opportunities
During the program, participants develop project skills that may be applied in the various fields of contemporary design, from industrial production of domestic and professional devices, to customized and even co-designed artefacts. Thanks to the continuous interaction with lecturers and professionals, students become well-rounded designers, able to handle the development of a product from the initial idea until the actual production, passing through the development of a design strategy and the material research. As well as acquiring technical and operational skills, participants develop a wider vision of the designer’s role in the contemporary creative and production systems, and they become more aware of the challenges that designers have to handle nowadays. All these skills allow graduates to enter the job market and position themselves in design studios and companies of different dimension, from multinational companies to boutique studios.

Degree & Certification
Students enrolled in the Master of Art – Product 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.

Program Curriculum
The two-year MA program in Design, specialization in Product Design, aims at preparing future designers and provides them with a contemporary approach to design, which originated from the Italian design culture. For this very reason, the program is structured in fifteen courses during which students are led by renowned design professionals in the investigation and design of the new relation amongst human beings, environment, and objects. The program is strongly characterized by a twofold approach: on one hand the analysis of the reference scenario; on the other hand, the design or re-design activity through an experiential and physical relation with the object.

The two-year Product Design course represents the core of the program and allows students, either individually or in teams, to elaborate a personal design approach. In the Project methodology course students perfection their working method through experimentation and while dealing with real design contexts. In the History of design and Project culture courses they acquire the basic elements to work in the different research fields. Finally, they attend a Rendering 3D course where they perfection their representation techniques, a Integrated new media course where they design the communication of a design object, and a New materials technology course, where they implement projects with a high level of material innovation.

During the second year of the program, the previously developed skills are further enhanced and broadened through contemporary disciplines such as Multimedia design or Interaction design, or through the examination of old traditions like in the Decoration class. All courses aim at preparing a well-rounded designer, capable to manage contemporary and complex projects.

The presence of a specialization in Interior Design, parallel to that of Product Design, allows students to collaborate in transversal projects and to acquire a much more through vision of the possible intervention typologies and modalities. At the end of the program students are awarded a diploma, corresponding to a second level academic diploma in Design with a specialization in Product Design.

Thesis and Final Project
The program foresees the development of a final project work, together with a theoretical thesis where the student analyzes the presented project under a methodological perspective. The final project and thesis, developed under the supervision of a faculty member, are discussed in front of an evaluating commission headed by the Program Director.

Internship and Study Abroad
Students acquire a number of methods and tools in extra-curricular activities and classes, which will be useful to them while entering the job market: career development, project management and presentation techniques, and portfolio creation are the main modules aimed at developing their interdisciplinary skills. We also encourage students to pursue an internship within product design companies and professional studios. Students are helped in their choice by the academic staff, as well as in the definition of the path and structure that is most suitable to them. The aim is to enhance each student’s professional abilities and set the basis for the creation of a network that will be crucial in its professional growth as a designer. Alternatively, students can spend a period of study abroad (in Europe or overseas), at one of the Academies or Universities, with which NABA has established international exchange agreements (LLP-Erasmus and other programs).


Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2018
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 2018
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.
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NABA Scholarship Application Deadline
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NABA Scholarship Awards Announced
July 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
Year 1
On-Site Calendar
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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.
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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
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
Holiday Break (no class)
Coming soon
First Semester Classes End
Coming soon
First Exam Session
Coming soon
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 2018
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 2018
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.
Coming soon
NABA Scholarship Awards Announced
December 1 2018
Balance of Total Program Fee Due
Year 1
On-Site Calendar
Coming soon
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
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
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
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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).
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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 $300 / 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.