About the University

Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano was founded in 1980, by artists for artists. The Accademia was the first and is the largest and most innovative private academy recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research. The academic degrees are recognized in Europe and over the world. Nuova Accademia's mission is to celebrate and cultivate the creativity of its students, and to help them turn their artistic passion into a fulfilling, productive passion.

The teaching staff consists of highly skilled educators who are also talented practicing
art and design professionals. NABA professors are passionate, and come from leading design and architecture studios, fashion companies, advertising and marketing agencies, and arts and culture institutes. All of the professors bring real-world perspective to both lectures and group projects through which they encourage students to learn, experiment, and grow.

About the Exchange Program

Undergraduate students enrolled in DEA may spend one semester, and in some cases, up to a year, studying at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan.

NABA's students, numbering more than 2000, come from all over Italy and over 60 countries worldwide.

NABA is located in the beautiful Navigli area of Milan. The area is named for its canals, which are framed by pedestrian streets and lined with shops and restaurants. Its modern campus consists of 12 buildings. All facilities, equipment and individual subject studios are updated consistently to keep students' work fresh.

Milan is Italy's financial, industrial, and commercial centre, and known as a leading global city. It hosts 11% of Italy's university students, and is filled with landmarks, museums, and theatres. Milan became a fashion capital in the 1980s, as several firms, such as Versace, became internationally successful. The city is well known for several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world.


English and Italian

The school's teaching program uses an instructional method that thoroughly integrates classroom
study with experiential workshop practice. NABA's multidisciplinary approach combines traditional visual disciplines with new digital technologies, and synthesizes individual study with group project work.

There are six undergraduate programs:

  • Design*
  • Graphic Design and Art Direction*
  • Fashion Design*
  • Media Design and Multimedia Arts
  • Painting and Visual Arts
  • Theatre and Exhibit Design

*Programs delivered in Italian and English
All other programs without * are delivered in Italian.


The school offers shared student apartments, however students are also free to arrange their own accommodations. A typical residence will house 2-6 students, and contains a combination of single (1 student per room) and double (2 students per room) bedrooms and shared kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Apartments are within a 30 minute walk, commute or combination of both to campus.

How to apply to a Human Ecology Exchange program.

Get the Exchange Program Brochure, student testimonials and slideshow materials at the Human Ecology Student and Career Development office.


If you have questions about the program or would like additional information about applying, contact:

Paul Fisher         Deanne Maxwell
Human Ecology Student and Career Development
Academic Surge A
Please Schedule an appointment by calling 607-255-2532.