Master in Contemporary Art Markets NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano

The Academic Master in Contemporary Art Markets- NABA is a programme directed at provides students with the most effective tools to interpret the art market dynamics, with a particular focus on contemporary artistic languages.It enables students to come into direct contact with established industry professionals, through workshop projects, off-site visits to galleries, auction houses, art fairs, collections and art centers, and field trips to Artissima and Art Basel, the most important events for the art market.Over the AM, students will have the opportunity to: -- Understand the complex dynamics of the art market and of its players -- Acquire solid cultural, legal and economic knowledge of the art market -- Develop projects and acquire historical and critical analysis and specialised communication competencies, along with practical and management skill

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The Master in Contemporary Art Markets- NABA is an intensive study path directed at providing students with effective tools to interpret art market structures and dynamics, with particular focus on contemporary artistic languages.

The Master provides students with the opportunity to come into direct contact with established industry professionals and to collaborate with international acclaimed art galleries, auction houses, art fairs, institutions, collections and art centres.

The educational path comprises two cycles: the first is dedicated to classroom activities and thematic workshops allowing students to apply notions learnt. Visits to galleries, fairs, foundations and museums are also part of the programme. The second cycle focuses on internships, enabling students to experience different market areas first-hand. During this cycle, students also prepare their final projects and attend a three-day study trip to Basel in June during the ArtBasel art fair, the sector's most important annual event.

The Master in Contemporary Art Markets program is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) as an Academic Master’s degree (60 CFs).



The Master in Contemporary Art Markets aims to train professionals capable of fulfilling a wide range of roles in the modern and contemporary art sector:

  • project managers for galleries, museums and
  • foundations
  • specialists and administrators at auction
  • houses
  • art advisors
  • art dealers
  • private and corporate collections curators
  • managers of artists fondations and archives
  • communication managers and journalists
  • consultants for legal and financial art services



DURATION: 1 year

LANGUAGE: Italian / English

TITLE: Academic Master’s degree


Placement rate: 89% (cert. IPSOS Observer)


Courses: Art Market and Economy, Art Management, Art Market Legislation, Contemporary Museum Studies, Collections Valorization, History of Contemporary Art.

Workshops: Collection Appraisal, Cataloguing and Management of Artists' Archives, Art Conservation and Restoration, Collections Management, Art Market Information, Photography Market, Non-European Art and Collections, Exhibition Display, Curating, English for the Art Market

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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  • 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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