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When oriented towards the definition of social development strategies, design is able to make the most of both human and natural resources and to produce sustainable innovation in any social and political context in the world. It is able to promote the development of local communities and identities, to initiate dynamics of social evolution and gender emancipation, to activate new economies both on small and on large scale. Social design is able to give shape and vision to a better future through a “coopetitive” global approach. The program of the Master of Arts in Design – Social Design program will provide students with the tools to understand and interpret the new needs of complex contemporary societies, as well as to explore the possible scenarios of the designer’s profession on a global scale in the world of today and tomorrow.

The competition requires the creation of a design intervention aimed at a specific community or a specific eco-system. Define which community you are taking in consideration: a group of people sharing the same interests, passions, spaces or even the same profession; define if the subject of the social design project is a local community, or a global community interconnected  through digital communication forms. Imagine an action that can be interpreted by this community’s members, a minimal action that can be shared, replicated, spread, with the aim of improving life conditions, work conditions, or the quality of relationships and mutual communications. At last describe the effects of innovations, social developments, cultural awareness that you expect to reach through the designed intervention.




Candidates are also required to submit:

  • Personal portfolio of works and projects;
  • Detailed curriculum vitae;
  • Motivation statement;
  • Copy of Bachelor Degree/Academic diploma translated into English/Italian;;
  • Academic transcript/mark-sheet of previous studies, translated into English/Italian, listing subjects and exams, with corresponding number of hours/credits;
  • Copy of passport;
  • NABA Master Programs Application Form – Academic Year 2020/21* (download)

* The application fee is waived for competition participants.


The competition is open to candidates with a bachelor’s degree or a first level academic diploma ( or who are waiting to attain this qualification with the last session of a.y. 2019/2020), in design, communications or humanities studies in general.

Candidates holding a first-level academic diploma or BA degree, or about to graduate within the academic year 2019/2020 and with a knowledge of the Italian/English language (according to the medium of instruction of the program) equal to a complete B1 Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (IELTS 5.0 or equivalent for English programs).


Projects will be evaluated and selected by the Faculty of the Two-year MA in Design – Social Design and the Admissions Jury.


Candidates are asked to send their materials in English or Italian and in two files in PDF format: one including the competition project and one including the remaining materials.

Projects in digital format must be uploaded here:

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Or materials can be sent by email to:

When you submit your project, you will receive a confirmation within 48 hours that your submission was received. If you do not receive a confirmation, let us know at: int.info@naba.it


  • April 24th 2020 – Deadline for submitting complete application documents and competition project;
  • May 8th 2020 – Communication of results to participants;
  • May 15h 2020 – Deadline for winners to enroll in the Two-year MA Program in Design – Social Design


The three best projects will be awarded a scholarship for partial coverage of the tuition fee to attend the first year of the Two-year MA in Design – Social Design starting in September 2020.

  • 1st prize: 1 scholarship covering 50% of the tuition fee to attend the first year of the MA Program;
  • 2nd prize: 1 scholarship covering 40% of the tuition fee to attend the first year of the MA Program;
  • 3rd prize: 1 scholarship covering 30% of the tuition fee to attend the first year of the MA Program;

Prizes will be calculated on the standard tuition fee amounting to:

  • €12.360 for EU passport holders (Local Community Tax and Graduation Thesis Fee are not included)
  • €17.360 for non-EU passport holders (Local Community Tax and Graduation Thesis Fee are not included)

Policy for renewal to the 2nd academic year:

  • Achievement of at least 40 credits by the end of the 3rd exams session – Fall/September;
  • Weighted average not lower than 27/30 by the end of the 3rd exams session – Fall/September.

In order to obtain the renewal of the Scholarship for the 2nd academic year, the recipient should comply with NABA re-enrollment procedure and meet the requirements mentioned here above. At the end of the third exam session (Fall/September), the Registration office will check whether the recipient meets the requirements to renew the Scholarship. Scholarship confirmation will be communicated to the student by October 31st.


  • Every moral or paternity right as to the project remains property of the author.
  • The projects sent to NABA will not be returned.
  • NABA is entitled not to award the scholarship if the projects are deemed not to meet the suitable standards defined by the jury. The jury will judge at its own discretion and its decision is final.
  • The scholarships referred to in this competition announcement cannot be combined with DSU scholarships or other economic grants offered by NABA.
  • All scholarship amounts will be deducted for every academic year from the last instalment of Tuition Fees.
  • Scholarships awarded for the Two-year Master of Arts Degrees are calculated out of the yearly total cost net of the Regional Tax for the Right to University Education equal to 140 Euro.
  • If the candidate does not confirm the acceptance of the prize, the scholarship can be transferred to the next candidate in the ranking list.
  • The scholarship will be no longer applicable in case the student: does not enroll to NABA within the deadline set out by the competition announcement; renounces to attend university or demands to be transferred to another Academy/ University; incurs in more serious disciplinary penalties than written reprimand for infractions against NABA.
  • Awarded prizes cannot be deferred to future intakes of the program or to a different program.
  • Selected participants accept that part of their work will be published on Websites and/or Social Media channels of the institutions involved.