Master of Arts Social Design NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano

The Master of Arts of NABA deepens the student’s knowledge with highly specialized and advanced studies, allowing the student to define his skills and making possible a first-hand experience within the professional context through field experiences.

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The Master of Arts -NABA
enables students to understand the new social needs of the contemporary age, exploring new scenarios for the global designer. When it is aimed at defining social development strategies, the design is able to valorise human and natural resources, to drive sustainable innovation, to promote local communities development and to activate social evolution dynamics, through a global “coopetitive” approach. 

Over the MA, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn a design methodology crossed with the skills to operate in social, cultural and political initiatives
  • Develop projects aimed to activate social communities and to valorize environmental as well as urban and natural, contexts, through real case studies
  • Acquire the ability to read the social and cultural dynamics and to anticipate the possible future evolutions for the sustainable development of society


Kick-off your career. Among the career opportunities:

  • Project development manager
  • Communication designer
  • Product designer
  • Social designer
  • Environmental designer
  • Community designer 
  • Event designer
  • Strategic planner
  • Public policy manager
  • Design consultant

Department: Design and Applied Arts

Area: Design

Title Awarded: Second Level Academic Degree in Design

Duration: 2 years

Languages: Italian and English

Campus: Milan

It combines the design with social activation projects and the study of the relation among humans, environment and technology, investigating meanings and values of social responsibility related to community design, environmental design, product design, communication design, anthropology, and sociology.

It enables students to develop and manage the complexity of a social design project applied to a real case study, through social design labs and courses in ecology and economy, Co-design and public policies, Art direction.

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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