BA in Set Design


Program Description

The BA provides the tools needed by students to deal with the complex area of set design, offering, from the second year, two majors: Theater and Opera, and Media and Events. The first one is focused on live performance: lyrical opera, playhouse, dance, musicals, concerts. The Media and Events major is dedicated on the other hand, to scenographic set-up for artistic performances, exhibitions, events, music videos, fashion shows, set, shop windows.

Through lectures, projects, and workshops, students develop scenographic design skills by learning to analyze the most significant scenarios of today's cultural productions, as well as to develop their own projects, using methods they are fully aware of.

The program prepares students for their professional career: field experience with professional teachers, show business specialists and staging experts as well as teamwork represent the strong points of the up-to-date teaching methods, focused on the newest forms of representation.

Over the BA, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Devise and design stage sets, costumes, installations.
  • Organize projects, budgets, and planning.
  • Working in a team with theater planning and direction departments, and with curators for art, design and fashion events.

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


  • Theater and opera
  • Media and events

First Year

Among the subjects:

Set Design I, Digital Technologies and Application I, History of Costume I, History of Modern Art, Drawing for Design, Scene Design I, Digital Technologies and Application II

Second Year

Among the subjects:

Set Design II, Direction, Costume Design, Photography, History of Cinema and Video, Phenomenology of Contemporary Arts, Scene Design II, Digital Applications for Visual Arts

Third Year

Among the subjects:

History of Performing Arts, Set Design III, Scene Design III, Performative Techniques for Visual Arts, Light Design, Phenomenology of Styles, Fashion Design, Applied Techniques for Theater Production, Cultural Anthropology, Sound Space Design, 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 Set Design program will have the theoretical, technical, and practical skills to launch a career as:

  • Opera, ballet and prose set and costume design.
  • Musicals and concerts set design.
  • Exhibitions and events set design.
  • Music videos and advertising set design.
  • Fashion shows and photo-shootings set design.
  • Cinema and television set and costume design.

Graduates in Set Design may also choose to continue their studies in related disciplines such as theatre design (opera), event & land live performance design, multimedia design, and costume 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 that provide internships for NABA students, including: Compagnia della Rancia, Associazione Terzo Millennio, Teatro Stabile di Genova, Fondazione Teatro La Scala, Fondazione Ente Autonomo Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Teatro degli Incamminati Società Cooperativa, Associazione Centro Teatrale Bresciano, Teatro Franco Parenti, L'Opera National de Paris, Change Performing Arts S.r.l.

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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