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interior design - Curriculum of Studies

The Master Program includes different areas of activity which will be developed in parallel. Three design workshops supervised by architects, interior and industrial designers, light designers and experts in innovative and eco-compatible materials who will enable students to build diversified design scenarios and apply them to concrete situations in urban and non-urban environments which will be detected among several international contexts.
The workshops will be carried out in a sequence and not in parallel and will deal with three themes which will integrate each other thereby enriching the final scenario with alternative points of view:
- Domesticscapes, scenarios of contemporary living. Domestic projects applied to places and situations belonging to various international contexts so as to verify how global living also means building spaces that have an unprecedented local identity.
- Minimal Living devoted to the essential home. Domestic scenario ranging from the compressed home to the residence, from the new-generation hotels to all the conditions of living in reduced spaces.

- Move-arch, about nomadic living. The portable home; the extreme scenario of the nomadic way of living, of the moving home in total contradiction with the idea of the home as a fixed and immovable place. A space where the needs and the essential furniture follow those who travel a lot and move frequently.
Every design project will be structured as a real simulation of the activities of a professional design studio in which the various public and private partners will involve the students in experimental projects aimed at developing and defining new scenarios and at the same time at working together with technicians and managers of the companies involved in the project. The workshops will be integrated by modelling, simulation, rendering laboratories and by the advanced teaching of IT programs that serve to enhance the representative capability of the project. The workshops will be accompanied by a series of seminars and theoretical and cultural debates with contemporary historians, writers, anthropologists, sociologists and artists who will help students read, interpret and trace the fluid boundaries of contemporary domestic life in various international scenarios. The Master Program includes courses in History of Architecture, History of Design and Contemporary Art, Anthropology, Sociology and Marketing as well as integrated laboratories in Light Design, Gardening Architecture, Textile Design, Furniture Design, Domestic Materials and Technologies, Sensorial Laboratory.



Project workshops

Project Methodology I: domesticscapes  8

Project Methodology II: minimal living   8

Urban and territory-based project design: move arch 8    24

Theoretical courses

History of Architecture: History of Domestic Landscape, History of Architecture  4

Anthropology  2

Contemporary Art Phenomenology  2

Brand Design  2    10

Technical-methodological labs

Computer Graphics and Rendering  2

Light Design  2

Design system: Materials and soft technology  2

Furniture design  2

Modelling  4

Textile Design  2

Landscape design  2

Sense design  2    18

Further training activities

Internship  4    4

Personal studying and projects development 1

Professional Training  1

Portfolio  1

Final Project  1    4


Internship and Professional Training
Throughout the year students will acquire a number of methods and techniques in the extra-curricular Personal Training Courses, which will be useful to them in the working environment: designing professionalism, budgeting, presentation techniques, practice in MS Excel and Power Point, team building, realizing a portfolio, represent the modules through which the tools aimed at facilitating the students’ entrance in the job market will be acquired and developed.
A part of the study process is a period of internship, that may be undertaken in companies operating in the design, light design, interior design fields, publishing companies and editorial offices. During this period students will be able to see the application of what they have learnt and establish professional connections with extremely important and strategic production and creative realities.
It is also possible to participate in an intensive laboratory at NABA, within the frame of a project co-production between NABA and partner companies and institutions.

The program foresees individual evaluation at the end of each design workshop and every cycle of theoretical lessons and laboratories, checking the different parameters and monitoring the development of the student’s design and technical skills, as foreseen in the curriculum. The Master program ends with a final exam, open to the public, where the student will present a final project and a portfolio, showing the intermediary stages of the single projects carried out during the course.

Interior Design - Admission requirements

The course is intended for students with a degree or a university diploma in the fields of architecture and design. Different curricula (i.e. communication, graphic design, fashion design, media design, humanities), can be taken into account provided that they are supported by a strong motivation and background experience in the sector.
Admission of students with different degree or diploma, as well as professionals with a significant experience in the program’s field, will be taken into consideration if the applicant is motivated by a research interest towards the programs’ topics. Participants not holding a first level Bachelor degree/academic diploma will not get the 60 educational credits, but will receive a certificate (instead of a diploma) of attendance to the first level academic Master.
Admission will be subject to selection, which will be done in order to identify the mix of necessary skills to create project working groups. A commission lead by the program’s Director will evaluate whether the degree corresponds to requirements and will identify possible educational credits or debts, upon estimating the candidate’s application.


Interior Design - Professional Opportunities

The Master Program aims to train professionals capable of facing the transformations and the challenges that the near future is already posing with a careful, curious, aware and visionary attitude in the following fields:
- Interior Design and Architecture;
- Light and Industrial Design;
- Design of domestic spaces in specialized companies.
The development of operative and concrete knowledge goes hand in hand with the vision of a young professional who has to be attentive, eager to know, available and cross-disciplinary skilled, so to be able to detect the change of scenarios that she/he will have to experience in the future.


Interior Design - Faculty

Course Director

Luca Molinari. Architect and historian of contemporary architecture. Since 1995 he has been editor-incharge for the Architecture and Design sector of the publishing house Skira, for whom in 2008 he curated the first edition of the "Yearbook of World Architecture". From 2000 to 2004 he was curator of the Architecture sector at the Triennale di Milano; curator of exhibitions and events in the fields of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Photography; he is Associate Professor of Contemporary History of Architecture at the Second Faculty of Architecture “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Naples. Between 2000 and 2005 he was curator for the Portaluppi Foundation, Milan; Coordinator of NABA School of Design from 2004 to 2006; scientific manager of “FMG Space for Architecture” in Milan.
He writes for and collaborates with Italian and foreign magazines and has published the following volumes: Barcelona: architetture e spazi urbani 1975-1992 (Milan, 1993); Santiago Calatrava (Milan- Geneva, 1998, Italian, English, Spanish and French editions); Atlante. Tendenze dell’architettura americana contemporanea. 1990-2000 (Milan-Geneva, 2001, Italian, French and English editions); Massimiliano Fuksas. 1970-2005 (Milan-Geneva, 2005, Italian, French and English editions); Arquitectura Italiana del posguerra/ Post war Italian architecture (with Paolo Scrivano, 2G, n.15, Barcelona 2000); Effetti collaterali (Milan, 2002); La medaglia d’oro per l’architettura italiana (Bologna, 2003); Piero Portaluppi. Linea errante nell’architettura moderna (with the Portaluppi Foundation, Milan-Geneva 2003); A+U n.420 “Italian metamorph” (guest editor, 2005). He received the Ernesto Nathan Rogers Award for the criticism and communication of architecture at the X Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2006.

Scientific Committee

Anna Barbara, designer and Coordinator of NABA School of Fashion Design
Gilda Boiardi, Director of Interni magazine
Gary Chang, design professor, Hong Kong
Riccardo Cioni, La Buccia, Milan
Cherubino Gambardella, professor of architecture design Luigi Vanvitelli, Napoli
Alessandro Guerriero, designer
Stefano Mirti, designer and Coordinator of NABA School of Design
Stefano Ronchetti, entrepreneur
Italo Rota, architect
Jeffrey Schnapp, Stanford University

Faculty members

Andrea Aloisio
Anders-Petter Andersson
Anna Barbara
Clino T. Castelli
Paolo Castiglioni
Line Ulrika Christiansen
Raffaele De’ Tintis
Gruppo A12
Id Lab
Kazuko Koike
Francesco Librizzi
Giorgia Lupi
Daniele Macchi
Tommaso Maggio
Massimo Martignoni
Simone Muscolino
Paola Nicolini
Friedrik Olofsson
Luca Poncellini
Matteo Ragni
Beppe Riboli
Emanuele Ricci
Sami Rintala
Lucia Tozzi

Visiting professors

2a+p, 5+1, Stefano Boeri, Gilda Boiardi, Peter Bottazzi, Andrea Branzi, Gary Chang, Yung Ho Chang, Beppe Finessi, Karmen Franinovic, Cherubino Gambardella, Joseph Grima, Bernard Khoury, Labics, Lacaton & Vassal, Ma0, Elena Manferdini, Ilaria Mazzoleni, Alessandro Mendini, Marco Navarra, NL architects, Fabio Novembre, Kyong Park, Rudy Ricciotti, Stefano Ronchetti, Italo Rota, Tanja Solci, Caterina Tiazzoldi, Yoshihiro Tsukamoto, Yon Visell.

Partners and International Relations
The projects developed during the Master Program are realized in collaboration with particularly innovative professional entities operating in the various fields of interior design which have already been working with NABA and with the professionals involved in the Master Program. At the end of the Master, students can apply to spend a study period at one of NABA Partner Universities. Their application will be evaluated and submitted to NABA Partner Institutions provided they are part of a coherent research path.
NABA cooperates with GAFA (Guang Zhou Academy of Fine Arts, China) in defining research scenarios and joint projects on the subject “living in the future”. This Master has established active partnerships with Interni (Media partner); Marzorati & Ronchetti, Cantù; Fondazione Portaluppi, Milano; La Buccia Comunicazione, Milano; Gruppo Iris Ceramiche, Modena; Bang&Olufsen, Milano; Sami Rintala, Oslo; SCIArc, San Francisco.


Interior Design - Projects


The workshop has dealt with the creation of a site-specific installation, exclusively made with second hand cotton blue jeans. Within a five-days work, the participants de-constructed and re-constructed the garments, using the material in various manners, in order to realize an inhabitable grid-like space.

Special Japanese Washi paper workshop

Within the "Dritto Rovescio" knitting-textile exhibition, students were involved into a one-week workshop held by Professor Kazuko Koike, where they could explore the opportunities offered by Washi japanese paper, famous for its particular flexibility as a material. Students projects were exhibited in Triennale Design Museum, together with several other workshops results.

Academic Master programs - Admissions

General conditions

All postgraduate programs have restricted entry, for a maximum of 25 students.
Every curriculum sets specific admission requirements regarding academic degree qualifications and technical and project-related skills, as specified in each single course description (related area "Admission requirements"). Different backgrounds can be taken into account provided that they are supported by a strong motivation and research interest towards the program’s topics.
A commission lead by the program’s Director will evaluate whether the degree corresponds to requirements and will identify possible extra educational credits through the evaluation of the candidate’s profile.
Academic Master programs may be open also to students not holding a first level Bachelor degree/academic diploma, as well as professionals with a significant experience in the program’s field.
Participants not holding a first level Bachelor degree/academic diploma will not get the 60 educational credits, but will receive a certificate (instead of a diploma) of attendance to the Academic Master.

Selection procedure

All admission are based on an evaluation interview. In order to apply for the evaluation interview, candidates have to fill in the application form, to be required HERE or via email, writing to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tato emailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty, abyste ji viděli, povolte JavaScript .
Together with the application form, candidates will have to submit to NABA the following documents, creating the “application dossier”:

* curriculum vitae/resume (max 2 typed pages)
* artistic and professional portfolio
* motivation letter (max 1 typed page)
* documentation regarding previous academic career:
o study plan (academic transcript) of previous studies, translated into English/Italian, listing subjects and exams, with corresponding number of hours/credits and short description of each subject’s program
o copy of Bachelor Degree/Academic diploma (if available), translated into English/Italian
* documentation regarding further courses or seminars attended (if available)
* certificate attesting the knowledge of the Italian (for programs taught in Italian) or English (for programs taught in English) language, or letter of purpose stating the student’s commitment to learn the corresponding language
* copy of passport/ID card.

Upon reception of the “application dossier”, NABA will get in touch with the candidate, in order to answer possible doubts or questions and to communicate the exact date and time of the evaluation interview.
Before starting the interview, applicants will have to submit a copy of a valid identification document. Any educational credits or debts will be notified to the applicants together with the results of the selection procedure.
For those international applicants who cannot come in person to NABA for the interview, alternative distance evaluation methods will be agreed for every single case. Please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Tato emailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty, abyste ji viděli, povolte JavaScript for further details.

Important notices

The same documentation required for admissions will be considered valid for students wishing to take part in the selection procedure for the awarding of scholarships.
Please notice that in case you will be admitted to the program and will decide to complete your enrolment, you will have to get in touch with the nearest Italian representative authority (Embassy/Consulate/Cultural Institute) in order to require:

* the legalized translation into Italian of your academic transcript (plan of studies)
* the legalized translation into Italian, as well as the value declaration (“Dichiarazione di Valore in loco”) of your Bachelor Degree.

For a complete list of Italian representative authorities worldwide please see: will be evaluated starting from April 1st, 2009, until all the available places will have been assigned. Deadlines vary depending on the selected program and on the candidate’s citizenship, according to the following outline:



Italian and EU citizens

Academic Master programs admissions opening: April 1st, 2009

Academic Master programs admissions deadline: October 31st, 2009

Academic Master programs enrolments deadline: November 30th, 2009

Non-EU citizens

Academic Master programs admissions opening: April 1st, 2009

Academic Master programs admissions deadline: September 30th, 2009

Academic Master programs enrolments deadline: October 31st, 2009

Landscape Design Master program (both EU and non-EU citizens)

Admissions opening: October 1st, 2009

Admissions deadline: March 31st, 2010

Enrolments deadline: April 16th, 2010

To learn about tuition fees amount, grants and scholarships opportunities, deadlines for grants or scholarships applications, please visit the website area Fees and grants.

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