Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano

The Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design of NABA aims at providing solid knowledge of the Fashion industry, as well as developing participants' design skills and style.The teaching staff is composed of industry professionals and the program itself favours a very practical learning approach, featuring lab experience, workshops and group projects organised in collaboration with leading brands.At the end of the Master program participants will have developed awareness of their own skills and style, alongside the capacity of nurture them as they grow professionally. Students will have gained a thorough understanding of the Fashion industry and laid the groundwork for their future careers.

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  • Blended
  • 2 Years

The Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design of NABA is an intensive project-based degree.

During this two-year program, you will explore innovative fashion tools and manufacturing processes and the myriad creative possibilities they afford. You’ll develop the capacity to translate ideas into your own fashion language, and you’ll hone your ability to analyze and critique fashion design at a high level.

The program’s main courses rely heavily on project work. By the end of your studies, you will have a portfolio of projects focusing on fashion and textile design. Your work will also integrate elements of accessories and costume design, visual and written storytelling, photography, graphic design, and hat making.

Experienced fashion professionals will mentor you in building a personalized skill set as part of crafting your identity as a fashion designer. Whereas in most schools industry professionals have the role of visiting professors, in this program they lead a full design mentorship experience, monitoring and guiding the development of each student’s individual style and approach to the craft.



Students will master theoretical, technical, and practical design tools that they can apply in a wide range of roles in the fashion industry, including:

  • Fashion designer
  • Textile designer
  • Accessory designer
  • Journalists/fashion critic (for both on line and print media)
  • Art director
  • Creative consultant
  • Entrepreneur who starts a fashion company


DURATION: 2 years

LANGUAGE: Italian / English

TITLE: Master of Arts degree

CREDITS: 120 cfs

Placement rate: 89% (cert. IPSOS Observer)

First year

Computer Graphics, Material Culture, Project Methodology, Visual Design, History of Applied Arts, Textile Design I, Fashion Design I, Art Direction, Accessories.

Second year

Fashion Design II, Textile Design II, Textile and New Materials Technologies, Concept Planning, Decoration, Project Management, Fashion Setting.

Masters and courses are recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as a Master of Arts degree (120 CFs).

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. Thanks to this vast international network, students at NABA are able to spend periods of study abroad, enriching their educational curriculum and laying the groundwork for increasingly international future careers.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, the Semester Abroad Program at the Galileo Global Education and short summer courses.NABA counts more than 50 cooperation agreements with European academies and universities through the Erasmus+ Programme; the Academy also counts more than 20 international cooperation agreements with several universities outside Europe.

  • International class
  • International faculty
  • Lessons in foreign language 100%
  • Issuance of foreign diploma and certifications
Criteria for assessing applications:
  • CV Screening
  • Motivation letter
  • Portfolio assessment
  • Language test and/or interview
  • Motivational interview
  • Orientation meeting
NABA offers 4 partial scholarships (60%, 50% and 40%) of the tuition fee for each of the postgraduate programs.
Cost of the master: Not declared
Scholarships available
  • Canteen/Meal tickets
  • Laboratories
  • Cultural activities
  • Wifi access
  • Disability services
NABA's Career Service helps students and graduates identify and apply for internships and staff positions with prospective employers. 89% of NABA graduates find employment during the first year after graduation (data certified by Ipsos Observer regarding 2015 NABA graduates). Students also receive advice and assistance in drafting their résumés, writing job search letters, and organizing their professional portfolios.NABA has developed strong relationships with leading companies that provide internships for NABA students. Among them are: Aldo Cibic of Cibicworkshop, Azimut Benetti Group, Bonetto Design International, Festina Italia, Giochi Preziosi, Giorgio Armani, Intégral Ruedi Baur et Associés, Luxottica, Pininfarina Extra, Studio Italo Rota & Partners, Tagua, the Swatch Group, and Zanotta.

  • Dedicated office
  • Assessment tool (strenghts, weaknesses, attitude etc.)
  • Identifying companies for traineeship
  • In-company training
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