Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Rome
Summer 4 weeks I 2023
6 credits

NABA Rome’s 4 week summer program offers students a synthesis of NABA expertise in the design fields under the guidance of, and collaboration with, professionals in the field. Students enroll in two back-to-back 2 week courses, each worth 3 credits. Courses are offered in visual and graphic arts, fashion, and multimedia arts.


Application: now open
Closes: Mid April 2023
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after closing as space permits

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Italian privacy consent form

Highlights

  • Study fashion, visual, and graphic arts in Rome.
  • Courses emphasize exposure to the city.
  • Study with students from around the world.

Program Dates
Mid June 2023 –  Mid July 2023


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Freshman (1st year) or above

Cumulative GPA:* 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Art
Communication & Graphic Design
Fashion
Interior Design
Visual Arts

Art

3.0 Credits
Art Discovery | Course #: AR CC 300 | Section: 1 | Open
In this full-immersion journey, students will discover why Rome is known as the Eternal City as they will explore this timeless city while growing their knowledge of classical but also contemporary arts. The course alternates lectures and visits to Rome's most iconic monuments, museums, and exhibitions in order to show how to catch the different way to understand the artistic life of the city. The aim of the course is to guide the students along this long stretch of time using a set of carefully selected places and works of art, which will help students to understand the numerous and most significant changes and developments in the world of Italian art.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Concept Art | Course #: AR CA 301 | Section: 2 | Open
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Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Curatorial Studies | Course #: AR DG 251 | Section: 2 | Open
This course introduce the tradition of product design linked to the Italian territory. Through the analysis of high-level design linked to the world of craftsmanship, the student will be able to develop his/her own idea and project. The frame of style and the language of the city of Rome, will provide elements of inspiration for the creation of new design scenarios.
Contact Hours: 45

Communication & Graphic Design

3.0 Credits
Film | Course #: CG NB 255 | Section: 1 | Open
The documentary films industry is an audiovisual production that in recent years has experienced a boom of investments, distribution, and creativity. Even if the boundaries of this type of production are very blurred, the absence of fictionality, the possibility of generating narratives at reduced costs, and the linkage with reality, are its three, main powerful features. Rome, with its timeless history and the greatness of its civilizations, is the ideal place to explore the realm of documentary films. The course is structured into three parts: introduction to documentary films; pre-production of a personal or team project; production of a short film. The course is recommended for students wishing to explore audiovisual production, and to find a real and fruitful expressive possibility in the film documentary industry.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Urban Design & Graphics | Course #: CG NB 265 | Section: 1 | Open
Throughout this course, students will learn the basics of typography for design projects. Alternating lectures to practical workshops, students will learn the technical terminology needed to distinguish calligraphic and lettering issues, character and font clusters, and how to distinguish typefaces, letter features, weight and glyph characteristics in a typeset. Using vector graphics software, participants will also practice how to compose, to edit and to work with text, with the purpose of designing head titles or layouts, and body copy structuring, eventually mastering concepts such as readability and hierarchy of weights.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Urban Design & Graphics | Course #: CG NB 360 | Section: 2 | Open
This course aims to introduce participants to the topic of branding, focusing especially within the context of local brands and landmarks, such as regions and cities. Empowered by their communication approach, a must for every entity is to work on the definition of their image and perception, both from a commercial and from an institutional point of view. The target of GRAPHIC DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION Field territorial branding is to build brand experiences for tourism or institutions, in order to increase the capacity to reach new audience, through a process of brand design and experience design: research, analysis of values, and defining a strategy. Relying on case-studies for inspiration, students will engage in workshops to learn how to emphasize features and how to build communication strategies suitable in many business contexts.
Contact Hours: 45

Fashion

3.0 Credits
Costume Design | Course #: FD NB 326 | Section: 1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Some background in the subject area or 1-2 years of studies in Art and Design.
Do you want to learn how to create fabulous costumes for the stage or screen? In this course, you will get an overview of the process of costume design for the performance industry, along with an understanding of the important role that costuming plays in character creation. During the first week, you will investigate the world of costumes by analyzing and discussing images, videos, and readings to discover how historical factors, character personalities, proportion, color, materials, and tailoring techniques play into the process. Your class will make several visits to tailors’ shops, theaters, and costume archives. During the second week, you will work with your fellow students to design a portfolio of costumes for a live performance or a film. Depending on available time and participants’ skills, your class might also create a costume prototype.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Film | Course #: FF NB 200 | Section: 2 | Open
This course introduces students to the world of fashion films.
It will provide students the necessary tools and basic technical skills regarding the making of a short fashion film.

Participants will be inspired to develop their own ideas and their potential to the fullest. Personal research and observation will be used to analyse contemporary fashion films and students will be required to develop the project of their own short film based on a personal concept.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FD NB 262 | Section: 1 | Open
This course introduces students to the world of Fashion Illustration. Starting from anatomical figures and the process of stylization, participants will have the chance to create various styles of clothing, including the analysis of different textile materials. Throughout this course, students will learn the following subjects: the study of both female and male anatomy; the hand-drawing of several pieces of clothing as instructed by the lecturer (jacket, pants, skirt, blouse, t-shirt); the coloring techniques used for each piece of clothing (including the replica of the textile materials); and the introduction to technical drawing.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Illustration | Course #: FD NB 367 | Section: 2 | Open
Pre-requisite: Some background in the subject area or 1-2 years of studies in Art and Design.
This course aims to introduce students to the world of Fashion Illustration, starting from anatomical drawing and the different types of illustrations, to arrive to the study of both hand and digital illustration. During the course, participants will analyze different styles of fashion illustration, and they will be introduced to several coloring techniques (watercolor, ecoline and inks, pencils, chalks, digital colors). Students will be guided through the development of their own personal illustrative style, to end up with a fashion illustration portfolio by the end of the course. Minimum requirements: basic knowledge of hand illustration, and of graphic and illustration software Adobe.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Styling | Course #: FD NB 272 | Section: 1 | Open
Students will develop an understanding and gain experience in style-hunting and image styling as the foundations of fashion and project development approach. They will be given an overview of the Italian Fashion System, and they will be inspired to develop their ideas and their potential to the fullest. Participants will learn how to innovatively apply trend skills to interpret the personality of clients and their lifestyle, to create a style for a collection look for a fashion magazine, and to propose a new image through clothing, accessories, photos and location combos. T
Contact Hours: 45

Interior Design

3.0 Credits
Interior Design | Course #: ID ID 305 | Section: 1 | Open
Pre-requisite: This course requires a min of 4 students to run.
A full-immersion course that will provide students with an overview of the Italian design methodology. Students will be introduced to the analysis of the elements of space, and they will have the opportunity to focus specifically on interior design, and to dive into intensive project works. Students will use lifestyle, art and design research in Rome to develop an interior space plan.
Contact Hours: 45

Visual Arts

3.0 Credits
Curatorial Studies | Course #: VA NB 360 | Section: 1 | Open
Pre-requisite: Some background in the subject area or 1-2 years of studies in Art and Design.
The work of the curator includes a plurality of skills with multiple approaches to understand present times, to interact with the past, and to produce new perspectives. Alongside theoretical knowledge, the course offers a well-structured path to develop curatorial projects, from the research and production of a concept, to its organization and display. During the course, students will work on a personal or group project that will be presented on NABA’s ground, with a period of time during which it will be open to the public, using a variety of possible formats, from video screenings to lectures, from exhibitions to online publications, and more. In addition to classroom lessons, the course will include visits to exhibitions and contemporary art spaces in Milan.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Curatorial Studies | Course #: VA NB 360 | Section: 2 | Open
Pre-requisite: Some background in the subject area or 1-2 years of studies in Art and Design.
The work of the curator includes a plurality of skills with multiple approaches to understand present times, to interact with the past, and to produce new perspectives. Alongside theoretical knowledge, the course offers a well-structured path to develop curatorial projects, from the research and production of a concept, to its organization and display. During the course, students will work on a personal or group project that will be presented on NABA’s ground, with a period of time during which it will be open to the public, using a variety of possible formats, from video screenings to lectures, from exhibitions to online publications, and more. In addition to classroom lessons, the course will include visits to exhibitions and contemporary art spaces in Milan.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Drawing | Course #: VA NB 270 | Section: 1 | Open
This course aims at teaching how to create a realistic portrait, or build on the students existing skills through practicing on drawing the human face, using photographs and live models. Students will work through a variety of exercises to develop precise techniques and a personal style, with a special emphasis on form and color, observing proportions, rendering color and shadow, and making quick sketches that convey a range of emotions. In its second phase the course aims to dive into different aspects of the realm of painting, by reflecting upon the methods used to represent subjects, and by experimenting with several techniques. Through the exploration of different styles and the use of several materials, students will acquire the knowledge needed not solely to learn about the realm of painting, but also to develop their own unique style.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Visual Arts | Course #: VA SA 300 | Open
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Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Visual Arts | Course #: VD MG 300 | Section: 2 | Open
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Contact Hours: 45

Courses & Registration
NABA Rome summer courses run Monday – Friday between 10:00am and 4:00pm. Students participate in 1 course per two week section of the program. Students complete their course registration during the SAI application process by selecting their primary course choice for section 1 (course held during the first two weeks of the program) and section 2 (course held during the last two weeks of the program) as well as required alternate courses for each two week section. Course schedules are confirmed 4 weeks prior to the program start.

Note: This program consists of back-to-back courses; students enrolling in this program must complete the full program length.


Pre-Departure Calendar
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Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
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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.
March 15 2023
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for a SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
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SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until student loan disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
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Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
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Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students fly into Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 12:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
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SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
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NABA Rome 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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Classes Begin: Section 1
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Classes End: Section 1
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Classes Begin: Section 2
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Classes End: Section 2
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Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
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Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
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International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$90

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Milan
$900 $1,800
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$50 / course $200 / course
Meals
Includes groceries and eating out.
$650 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $300 / month $350 / month
Transportation within Rome area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$125 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is a SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to fostering a welcoming community for all students by providing assistance to diverse needs
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & trips outside host city
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Day Excursion – Escape to the Roman Hills
SAI welcomes students with a day trip to Frascati in the beautiful Roman hills. Frascati played a pivotal role in history from the time of the Roman Empire to WWII and now offers a glimpse into small-town Italian life today. Students tour the town and learn about its history, enjoy the views from a local vineyard, and share a meal ‘al fresco’ in the town square which offers breathtaking views of Rome from above.

Sun and Sports at Lake Bracciano
Students escape the summer heat with a day of water sports and relaxation at Lake Bracciano. Students have the chance to kayak and paddle-board, explore the quaint nearby fishing village, or simply soak up some rays along the black sand beach.

“La Luna sul Colosseo” – Colosseum Night Tour
“The Moon above the Colosseum” is one of the main attractions in Rome during the summer months. As day gives way to night and after the crowds have all gone home, SAI takes students to visit the Eternal City’s most important monument. Students are guided through the history of this amazing amphitheater, exploring its most important areas, including the underground chambers and arena floor – both of which are usually closed to the public.

Farewell Event
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient, clean, and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (upgrade to private bedroom available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet. Housing configurations are designated as female, male, and in some locations, gender-inclusive. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

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

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Therefore all U.S. students do not require a student visa for this program. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

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.