Master of Arts in Product Design NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano

The Master of Arts in Product Design- NABA aims at training young designers to become highly-prepared professionals, able to conceive designs and innovation that will improve everyday living. During the program, students will be able to acquire knowledge, skills and first-hand experience both from NABA's highly-qualified teaching staff and from experienced professionals who regularly collaborate with NABA through workshops and seminars in partnership with leading design studios and companies.

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  • English
  • Blended
  • 2 Years

The MA in Product Design of NABA developed out of the MA in Design, first as a specialization and now as its own complete degree program.

You will learn a contemporary approach to design founded on the Italian design culture. You will explore the ideas and strategies of professional designers in order to develop your own personal design identity. You will analyze new reference scenarios on innovative topics and design or re-design objects through fostering an experiential and physical relationship with them.

Thanks to continuous interaction with faculty mentors and industry professionals, you will become a well-rounded designer who is able to direct all stages of product development, including brainstorming, design strategy, materials research, and actual production.

The MA in Product Design is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research (MIUR) as a Master of Arts degree (120 CFs).



Graduates of the MA in Product Design will be prepared to enter the fields of design and product design in the broadest sense. In particular, they could take on the following professional roles:

  • Product manager or developer
  • Advisor or consultant for product design companies
  • Design manager
  • Design entrepreneur
  • Educator in a school or university


DURATION: 2 years

LANGUAGE: Italian / English

TITLE: Master of Arts degree

CREDITS: 120 cfs

Placement rate: 89% (cert. IPSOS Observer)

First year

Project Methodology, Rendering 3D, New Materials Technology, Integrated New Media, History of Design, Product Design I, Project Culture, Light Design.

Second year

Exhibition Design, Design Management, Brand Design, Multimedia Design, Product Design II, Interaction Design, Decoration

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
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  • 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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