We are often approached by students who want to study fine arts and subsequently find a high-paying job or start their own business. We are familiar with the situation on the education and labor market in this area, and over 18 years of work we have helped more than 400 students enter creative universities.


In this article, we will tell you who can work in the field of art, how much they pay for it, where it is better to get an art education and by what parameters it is worth choosing a university.



Careers in the arts

Like most humanities fields, the field of art is wide and diverse - there are more than 300 specialties in it. Here are just a few examples:


  • artist
  • illustrator
  • graphic designer,
  • set designer.


  • Art critic
  • journalist
  • teacher
  • critic.

Management & Finance

  • curator
  • art dealer,
  • Director of art institutions,
  • event-manager,
  • administrator of auction houses,
  • Specialist in financial services in the field of art.


Where is the best place to study:


Abroad, education in this area is more in demand. In Europe alone, there are more than 80 universities in the list of top-rated art universities (QS Top Universities).

Which country and university to choose

One of the most popular destinations for studying painting, drawing and contemporary art abroad is Italy.

Here are the largest museums of classical and contemporary art, art galleries and art funds, cultural events of international level are held. Italy is home to 51 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more than any other country. Italian universities are recognized all over the world - 30 universities are included in the QS World University Rankings.

We have analyzed the education market in Italy, which international students can receive in English, according to 5 criteria: accreditation, teachers, equipment, study trips, connection with the industry and career prospects of graduates. Based on our research, for studying fine arts abroad we recommend one of the leading universities NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti. NABA is the largest private art academy in Italy. Two campuses in Milan and Rome have 4000,70 students from <> countries.


How art is taught at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

1. You can stay in Italy after graduation
The university is accredited by the Italian Ministry of Education. This allows international students to stay in the country for a year after graduation to look for work on a study visa. The diploma of the academy is recognized in all countries.

2. Practicing Teachers
NABA employs educators with experience in the field. The university regularly invites well-known specialists who give lectures and conduct practical seminars.

3. State-of-the-art facilities
The Milan campus consists of 13 modern buildings with an area of more than 17,000 square meters. There are art studios, art labs and galleries. Students use modern equipment, tools and materials.

4. Trips during studies As part of the lectures
, students visit not only local exhibitions and museums, but also major cultural events in other countries. For example, participants of the Contemporary Art Markets master's program go to the international contemporary art fairs Artissima in Turin and ArtBasel in Switzerland.

5. Work on projects for well-known institutions
The Academy collaborates with leading Italian and international art galleries, auction houses, foundations, museums and art centers. During their studies, students work on projects for these organizations and undergo internships there.

6. 85% of students found a job before graduation 89% of graduates find a job within the first year after graduation
. Their salaries are 28% higher than those of graduates of other Italian universities.


NABA Programs in Fine Arts

Summer Programs

Duration: 2 to 6 weeks Campus: Milan, Rome or combined programs in two cities
Cost: from € 1795 for 2 weeks


16 programs for beginners or students with experience in areas such as:

  • History of art
  • Drawing and painting
  • photography
  • Illustration & Animation
  • Literary creativity and journalism in the field of art
  • Contemporary art market
  • curatorship and organization of exhibitions

Entry requirements:

  • age 18 years and older;
  • the level of English is not lower than average;
  • relevant experience or at least one year of university study in art and design (for advanced level programs).



Painting and Fine Arts

Duration: 3 years
Campus: Milan, Rome
Price: from € 17,500 per year


Career prospects:

  • artist
  • illustrator
  • Assistant Curator
  • Cultural Events Manager
  • The film's director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Director of Photography
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Audio & Video Editor

Entry requirements:

  • high school diploma (12 years);
  • level of English proficiency – IELTS Academic 5.0, TOEFL iBT 59 or Italian – B1.



Fine Arts & Curatorship

Duration: 2 years
Campus: Milan
Cost: from € 17,500 per year


Career prospects:

  • artist
  • curator
  • editor of art magazines and books
  • Art critic
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Director of Galleries and Museums
  • Consultant of auction houses
  • Art Dealer
  • Director of art institutions

Contemporary art market

Duration: 1 year Campus: Milan
Cost: from € 19,000 per year


Career prospects:

  • Project Manager in Galleries, Museums and Foundations
  • Specialist and administrator of auction houses
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Dealer
  • Curator of Collections
  • Funds & Archives Manager
  • Public Relations Manager, Journalist
  • Consultant on legal and financial services in the field of art

Photography & Visual Design

Duration: 1 year Campus: Milan
Cost: from €19,000 per year


Career prospects:

  • photographer
  • Curator and organizer of cultural events
  • Event Manager
  • Photo editor and image consultant for companies and publishers
  • Photo Research Specialist & Archivist for Image Banks & Agencies

Entry requirements:

  • a bachelor's degree in arts or humanities;

  • level of English proficiency – IELTS Academic 5.0, TOEFL iBT 59 or Italian – B1.