The famous architect and designer Carlo Scarpa used to suggest to his students to look for solutions to their design problems, by observing a flower, or a plant. But what if, instead of just observing a single plant, we investigated an entire forest?
A forest may be seen as a large complex organism, comprised of many different elements peacefully coexisting and sustaining one another.
In a forest, nothing is never thrown away. Even in death, organisms are recycled and turned into new life.
A forest renews and modifies itself over time and in response to environmental stimuli: this is what we call evolution.
In a forest you have the sensation of something alive observing you.
In a forest you have the chance to watch and investigate everything.
In a forest you may experience primitive feelings that have been there since the beginning of the world.
In a forest you have the chance of watching and investigating everything, of letting yourself being driven by a fluxus of millenary stimuli.
The key lays in continuous changes of perspective; the choice of permanent mutability and dynamism as necessary attitude to open your mind to always new opportunities.
This is the philosophy laying behind this MA Degree. Our new design atelier is a forest.
During the program, participants develop project skills that may be applied in the various fields of contemporary design, from industrial production of domestic and professional devices, to customized and even co-designed artifacts. Thanks to the continuous interaction with lecturers and professionals, students become highly skilled designers, able to handle the development of a product, from the initial idea until the real production, passing through the design strategy development and the materials research steps. All while developing technical and operational skills, participants develop a wider vision of the designers role in the contemporary creative and production systems, as well as an awareness of the challenges that designers have to handle nowadays.
The mix of practical competences and theoretical vision allows graduates to successfully insert themselves in design companies of different styles and sizes, from transnational design companies to professional studios and self-production laboratories.
After a Bachelors Degree in Design, the new designer needs to specialize, to attain the special, elevated status that comes from achieving a Masters Degree. In Italian, the Master is the Maestro. Someone who is able to draw inspiration from the past and from tradition, who builds on them to change the future. And when you complete NABA Design Masters Degree, you are not a student anymore, you become a design maestro.
To evolve from a designer to a maestro, to grow and overreach his own maestro, a student needs a special location: an atelier. The place where he can learn, create, generate resources, find inspiration, and grow.
The NABA design atelier is sustainable. Like the forest, is made of different organisms students and maestri. They sustain one another as trees do in a forest, or screws in a stool.
Together, they draw inspiration from the environments and the traditions that are all around. They observe, investigate, challenge, and advance. In our atelier, we explore the fundamental nature and new meanings of consumption. It is ever-changing, and thus, the work of the designer must also always be evolving. To meet the opportunities of the future, we may indeed be inspired to design not only new objects, but whole new ways to consume. When you join our atelier, when you participate in our dynamic, organic process of discovery, you will grow in many ways. You will deepen. You will learn new ways to see, to understand, to admire, and to challenge.
You will find new direction from old paradigms. You will destroy to invent.
In NABA new design atelier, you will earn a Masters Degree. You will become a maestro.
Together with its partner institutions and companies, NABA offers a program of scholarships for talented students requiring financial support, based on the evaluation feedback provided by the course Director.
The number and amount of such scholarships can vary from one year to another, therefore we warmly recommend interested students to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to be inserted in the related mailing last and to receive updated information.