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BA in Graphic Design and Art Direction

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti
Program overview
Length: 3 years
Study pace: Full time/part time
Education level: Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available: Yes
Start dates
October 2017  (English)
Contact for info  (English)

Program description

Program description

BA in Graphic Design and Art Direction

The three-year BA program in Graphic Design & Art Direction trains students to become professionals in the world of graphics and advertising.

The Program is set to meet the growing demand for professionals who can think strategically, using all the the techniques, from the traditional ones to the more innovative, such as motion graphic or interactive design. Starting from the research and analysis of the language of the contemporary visual culture, the BA in Graphic Design & Art Direction progressively transmits to students all the technical, conceptual and cultural background necessary to address his talent as a graphic designer, layout artist, illustrator, web designer or art director to a professional communicator able to achieve the communication targets.

This program encourages students to develop an integrated set of methodological, technical and cultural skills that will enable them to face graphic and advertising design projects with different targets in a progressively integrated media context.

At the end of the BA, students will be sufficiently autonomous and have the necessary skills to embark on careers in various areas of communication: corporate, advertising and social media strategy. Analytical skills and methods, technical expertise and creative qualities help them become sensitive to and ready to perceive trends and to respond to new market demands. The three-year BA in Graphic Design  and Art  Direction is: a complete and ambitious path:  graphics + digital media  + advertising, a program of interdisciplinary studies as required by today's market, a path  based  on a tested and reliable method, culturally up to date and a synthesis of business strategy and creativity.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

According to the Italian Ministry of Education, students who wish to enter an Italian University for Bachelor degree studies must meet the following requirements:

  1. A secondary school diploma that is validated by the Italian diplomatic authority in the students’ home country and that is recognized as equivalent to the Italian Secondary school diploma (having followed a period of study lasting at least 12 years)
  2. Must pass an admission exam
  3. Must demonstrate proficiency in the English Language and/or Italian
  4. Compliance with the pre-enrolment procedures to submit to the relevant Italian Diplomatic Authorities the documents foreseen by the law regulating EU and NON EU citizens’ access to Italian universities.

Bachelor of Arts at NABA

First year:

  • History of modern art
  • Project methodology
  • Project culture
  • Graphic design
  • Art direction 1
  • Computer graphics

Second year:

  • Publishing design
  • Audiovisual languages and techniques
  • Digital applications and technologies
  • Mass media theory
  • Multimedia design 1
  • Art direction 2
  • Communication techniques and methods art publishing
  • Multimedia languages
  • Illustration

Third year:

  • Design methods for visual communication
  • Multimedia design 2
  • Multimedia languages
  • Photography
  • Digital animation
  • Cultural marketing
  • Sociology of cultural processes
  • History of cinema and video
  • New media aesthetics
  • Visual phenomenology
  • Career development

Continuing studies


When Students graduate from NABA, they receive a degree that is recognized around the world and in Europe that is accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR).

Year Abroad

Through exchange programmes, NABA's International Office encourages and supports students wishing to study abroad. Through exchange programmes, NABA's International Office encourages and supports students wishing to study abroad. The office promotes educational experiences at numerous prestigious international partner universities worldwide. International study opportunities are mainly provided as part of the Erasmus+ project promoted by the European Commission, the International Exchange Program for destinations outside of Europe.

Career Opportunities

The annual NABA Placement certified survey aimed to investigate alumni occupational position after graduation. 89% of NABA students find job one year upon graduation.

Graduates from this course can become: Graphic designers, Corporate and brand designers, Packaging designers, Editorial designers, Digital editorial designers, Art directors and copywriters, Creative Directors, including in social media and viral areas, Web  and digital designers, Creative designers in unconventional communications and for exhibition spaces (retail, shows, museums).

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NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Study abroad in Milano - find your education at NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti is an Italian training Academy of Fine Arts and Design, situated in Milano and formed in 1980 by a group of re-known artists. NABA is legally recognized by the Italian Ministry of University...

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NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Via C. Darwin 20
20143 Milano

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