BA in Fashion Design


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Program Description

The BA in Fashion Design aims to prepare students to enter the world of work within the national and international Fashion System. With a creative and practical approach, the program leads students to find and develop their talents, led by professional teachers through collaborative experiences with companies and institutions connected to the cultural, social and economic life of Milan and Rome. It’s a non-stop laboratory of ideas thanks to the collaboration between the two majors in Fashion Design and Fashion Styling and Communication, which fosters the synergy of a real work team.

During the BA, students have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the tools and techniques of fashion design.
  • Develop the capacity to analyze and elaborate on concepts.
  • Share work experiences within teams and explore new forms of entrepreneurship.

The BA in Fashion Design program is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Universities, Education and Research (MIUR) as a Bachelor of Arts degree (180 CFA).


  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Styling and Communication

First Year

Among the subjects:

History of Modern Art, Project Methodology, Project Culture I, Fashion Design I, History of Costume, Textile Design I

Second Year

Among the subjects:

Pattern Making, Fashion Design II, Accessories Design, Digital Technologies and Applications, Fashion Design III, Fashion Setting I, Textile Design II, Fashion Design Publishing, Multimedia Design, Semiotics, Multimedia Languages, Illustration

Third Year

Among the subjects:

Fashion Design IV, Fashion Setting II, Theatre Costume, Decoration Techniques and Technologies, Performance Techniques for Visual Arts, Aesthetics, History of Cinema and Video, Introduction to Cultural Marketing, Cultural Anthropology, Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts

Study Abroad Opportunities

Through exchange programs, 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.

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Professional and Educational Perspectives

Graduates of the BA in Fashion Design will have the theoretical, technical, and practical skills to launch a career as:

  • Fashion designer, accessories designer,
  • textile designer
  • Costume and dress designer for TV and cinema productions
  • Patternmaker
  • Art director
  • Stylist for magazines and communication
  • agencies
  • Fashion web designer
  • Buyer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • PR and fashion events curator
  • Trend forecaster

Graduates in Fashion Design may also choose to take further courses of study at the master and doctorate level in the field of fashion. At NABA, they can earn their Master of Arts in:

  • Fashion & Textile Design

Job Placement

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 which provide internships for NABA students, including: Chanel, Gabs, Staff International, Hugo Boss, Valentino Fashion Group, Ratti, Bembercell, Missoni, Tirelli Costumi, Guccio Gucci, Luisa Beccaria, Gianni Versace, Carrera's, E. C. (Costume National), Corneliani, Lorenzo Riva, Trussardi, Moschino, Federico Sangalli, Jil Sander Italia, Kenzo, ETRO, Gentucca Bini & Father, Gruppo Miroglio, Furla, Ermenegildo Zegna, Mantero, AEFFE, Ports1961.


The BA in Fashion Design cooperates or has cooperated with: A Shaded View on Fashion, Benny and Javier, Carrera, Comon, Corneliani, Cosmopolitan, DeN store, Diane Pernet, E.C. (Costume National), ETRO, Valentino Fashion Group. Filoscozia, Fiorucci, Gianni Versace, Gruppo Miroglio, Gucci, Herbal Essences, Jil Sander Italia, Kenzo, Lane Cardate, Lorenzo Riva, Max Mara, Missoni, Moschino, Museo Palazzo, Pandora, Pitti Filati, Valentina Premiere Vision, Ratti, Triumph, Trussardi, Voyeurs of the Ninja House, Woolmark, Elle, Tosca Blu, Gabs, Lectra, Biblioteca Della Moda, Museo Palazzo Morando.

Last updated Feb 2020

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About the School

NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, is an internationally renowned art and design academy. Founded in 1980, NABA is the largest private art academy in Italy. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degree ... Read More

NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, is an internationally renowned art and design academy. Founded in 1980, NABA is the largest private art academy in Italy. It offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in Italian and in English that are accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). Read less
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