How to Choose the Right School

You have already made your first important decision: to earn a degree in art and design. Your next step is to choose the school that’s right for you. It’s a choice that will not only determine your path over the next few years—but will shape your future career.

As you research arts academies, you should compare certain key aspects of the schools you are considering.

To help you in this process, we have selected five important questions to ask yourself.

1 - What makes the school unique?

For NABA, the answer to this question is manifold. For more than 35 years, NABA has been continuously refining its unique methodology, which encompasses a wide variety of learning experiences: from theoretical lectures to hands-on practice, from individual project work to team collaboration, and from self-study to mentorship. Across these modes of study, our outstanding faculty members emphasize free experimentation and interdisciplinary innovation, and they constantly highlight connections between artistic and professional contexts.

Thanks to NABA’s long-standing collaborations with leading Italian and international companies, students have the valuable opportunity to create design responses to actual company briefs. Thus, students gain real-world experience that develops their critical thinking, conceptual problem solving, and practical design skills.

NABA’s location in Milan, - the world’s capital of fashion and design, gives students the chance to participate in international design events and contests. They can also visit design studios, manufacturing facilities, flagship stores, and top galleries and museums.

Our campus is located in the Navigli (canals) district, one of the most loveliest and liveliest areas of Milan. The 17,000 sq m campus boasts an excellent IT infrastructure and features laboratories for computer graphics, video editing, 2D and 3D modelling, sound design, tailoring, printmaking, model-making, painting, and light design.

2、学校的声誉如何?

NABA不断获得设计意见领袖和独立机构的最高赞誉。近年来,学校入选Frame Publisher的“大师级Frame指南:世界服装设计领先研究院”以及Frame的“相应指南:产品设计专业顶尖学校”。同时,NABA已被评选为《Domus Magazine》“欧洲百强建筑和设计学院”。

NABA的学生也在多项国际大赛中屡获大奖,如意大利版《Vogue》的Who’s on Next?、Accessori 2012、Orange vous confie les clés by Orange France、Lipton Ice Tea Limited Edition 2012、意大利时装商会的米兰Moda Graduate,以及Rolling Stone举办的封面设计大赛。而且我们的学生已经在由意大利艺术指导协会(ADCI)、英国设计与艺术指导协会(D&AD)和Vogue Talents分别举办的大赛中入围决赛。

NABA也是著名工业设计协会(ADI)的会员,且获得了曾举办过米兰时装周的意大利时装商会的认可。

3、学校是否会帮助学生找到实习岗位和工作?学校是否对毕业学生提供持续的支持?

NABA已经和各国际大公司建立超过35年的合作关系,这为毕业的学生提供了非常好的就业机会。NABA拥有很高的就业率,学生毕业一年内的就业率高达80%。

现在,之前毕业的NABA学生正就职于意大利和国外的顶级公司,如Alcantara、Giorgio Armani、Costume National、Jil Sander、Marni、Miroglio Fashion、Pirelli (PZ ero)、The Swatch Group、Trussardi和Driade。

NABA专门的实习和就业办公室帮助在校学生和毕业学生寻找和申请未来雇主提供的实习以及正式职位。

实习和就业办公室已经与Armando Testa、BMW、Diesel、Giugiaro Architettura、Gucci、Luceplan、Pininfarina、Pirelli、Etro、Luxottica、Nestléè Italia、Siemens等公司达成实习协议。学生还可从该办公室获得简历制作、求职信撰写以及专业作品集整理方面的宝贵建议和帮助。

如果你正考虑申请NABA课程,我们会设立专门的教育顾问团队,他们非常乐意提供各种信息,其中涉及到课程计划、毕业后的就业机会,以及与每门课程建立合作的公司。我们每年都会在校园、网上以及国外教育博览会上组织多项活动,你只要来参加其中的一项活动,便可与NABA代表见面。

4、学校是否得到国家认证且它所提供的学位是否已经过认证?

许多人在调查设计学校时未能询问这一点,但这是个非常重要的问题。公司希望聘用接受过高质量教育的职员,因此他们筛选的是已经从认证机构获得学位的新员工。他们了解这类机构更有可能给学生提供学术严谨的学位。

而对于学生而言,如果他们决定在另一个著名大学攻读硕士或博士学位,那么从认证学校获得学位将使他们能够更好地转移出学分。

从1981年获得意大利教育、大学和科研部(MIUR)对大学和课程的认证起,NABA就一直提供严谨的、得到国际认可的学士和硕士学位。

5、教员是否具有行业经验?

NABA所有的授课老师都是其相应行业的专业人士。

他们来自顶级的设计和建筑工作室、服装公司、广告和营销机构以及艺术和文化机构。

还有更多是著名的艺术策展人、评论家、出版作家或是有影响力的艺术和设计杂志的撰稿人。他们将当前真实世界的视角带入到讲课和工作坊中,通过它们激励学生学习、试验和成长。

当然,所有教员都具备其教授课程所需的相应教育资质。