JAMB Syllabus for Art & Recommended Textbooks 2024/2025

The JAMB Art syllabus is the topic you must study for the UTME examination.

Using the JAMB syllabus to study for your examination is the open secret to getting a high score.

The JAMB Art syllabus also contains objectives for each topic. These objectives are what you must know for every topic you study.

This post contains the complete list of topics in the JAMB Art syllabus.

Let me know in the comment section if you have any questions.

JAMB Syllabus for Art

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Art Appreciation


Candidates should be able to:

i. appreciate the aesthetic qualities of natural and man-made aesthetic phenomena in the Nigerian environment.

ii. differentiate between natural and man-made aesthetic phenomena.


(a) Man-made objects: architecture, sculpture etc.

(b) Natural phenomena: Zuma Rock, Ikogosi Warm Springs, etc.

Art Entrepreneurship


Candidates should be able to:

i. identify job opportunities in visual arts.


Job prospects in Visual Arts: Ceramist, Curator, Textile designer, Industrial designer, Sculptor, Photographer, Cartoonist, Illustrator etc.

Art Terms


Candidates should be able to:

i. identify art terms.

ii. link the terms to their areas of art.

iii. use the terms in analyzing artworks.


Pigments, motif, greenware, armature, silhouette, chiaroscuro, cireperdue, terra-cotta etc.

Artistic Skills, Techniques and Processes


Candidates should be able to:

i. the techniques, skills and processes with emphasis on tone, composition and colour application.

ii. the types of perspective.

iii. the use of perspective rules and terms.

iv. techniques, skills and processes.

v. The basic tools of designs.


(a) Two-Dimensional Art: drawing, painting, graphics and textile design.

(b) Perspective:

i. Linear, angular, aerial, parallel etc.

ii. Perspective terms: foreground, picture plane, eye-level, vanishing point, foreshortening, optical illusion, depth etc.

(c ) Sculpture, Ceramics and Crafts.

(d) Computer Graphics CorelDraw.

Classification of Art


Candidates should be able to:

i. differentiate between the three branches of art.


(a) Visual Arts: (Fine and Applied Arts).

(b) Performing Arts: (Music, Dance and Drama).

(c) Literary Arts: (Poetry, Prose, Recitals) etc.

Development in Contemporary Nigerian Arts and Artists


Candidates should be able to:

i. determine the influence of the art schools and groups.

ii. assess the artists in terms of their works, specializations, techniques and styles.

iii. analyse the functions of museums, galleries, art centres and art institutions.

iv. evaluate their impact on the development of art.

v. assess their roles and functions.

vi. examine the impact of major festivals on art and culture.


(a) Art Schools: Zaria, Nsukka, Osogbo group etc.

(b) Nigerian artists and art educators; Aina Onabolu, Ben Enwonwu, S. I. Wangboje, Jimoh Akolo, Dele Jegede etc.

(c ) Museums, galleries and art centres.

(d) Art institutions, cultural art centres, national art organizations – Nigerian Society for Education through Arts (NSEA), Society for Nigerian Artists (S.N.A), National Council for Arts and Culture (N.C.A.C), etc.

(e ) Major Festivals: Argungu Fishing Festival, Eyo, Egungun, Iri-ji (New Yam), Durbar, Igue, Ekpo, Odo, etc.

Elements and Principles of Design


Candidates should be able to:

i. identify the elements of design.

ii. analyse the principles of design.


(a) Elements: line, colour, shape, form, texture, tone, value, space etc.

(b) Principles: balance, rhythm, proportion, harmony, contrast, repetition, dominance, variety, etc.

Historical Dimensions of Art


Candidates should be able to:

i. compare their materials, styles and techniques.

ii. classify the periods and styles with an emphasis on architecture, surface decoration and calligraphy.

iii. compare the artists, their works and styles.

iv. differentiate between the various art movements.

v. Analyze their styles techniques, innovations and influences.


(a) Prehistoric, Greek and Roman Art.

(b) Medieval Art: architecture, surface decorations and calligraphy.

(c ) Renaissance Art and Artists: Giotto Di Bondone, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael (Raffaello Santi).

(d) 19th and 20th Century art movements; Impressionism, Realism, Futurism, Cubism, Bauhaus, Pop art, Abstract Expressionism and Fauvism.

Meaning and Functions of Art in Society


Candidates should be able to:

i. examine the meaning and functions of art.

ii. use art to enhance societal values.

iii. assess the role of art in media.


(a) What art is.

(b) Functions of art in society: religious, social, cultural, political, therapeutic and economic needs.

(c ) Functions of art in media: advertisement, education, recreation etc.

Nigerian Crafts


Candidates should be able to:

i. trace the origins, locations and styles.


Pottery, woodworks, cloth-weaving, carving, leather works, metal works, beadworks, body decoration, mat and cane weaving.

Tools, Materials and Equipment


Candidates should be able to:

i. maintain tools and art materials.

ii. use art materials and tools.

iii. operate and maintain art equipment.

iv. improvise alternatives.


(a) Two-Dimensional Art Tools: brushes, lino cutters, drawing instruments, calligraphic pens, sharpeners etc.

(b) Two-dimensional Art Materials: pencils charcoal, pastel, crayon, fixative, fabric, dyes, lino, wood blocks etc.

(c ) Two-Dimensional Art Equipment: air compressor, spray gun, enlarger, computer.

(d) Improvisation of tools, materials and equipment

i. Two-Dimensional Art: colours, brushes, calligraphic pens etc.

ii. Three-Dimensional Art: spatula, kiln, beater, etc.

Traditional African Art


Candidates should be able to:

i. categorise works in terms of style, materials and locations.

ii. categorise works in terms of styles, materials and locations.


Egypt, Ashanti, Dogon, Mossi, Fon, Senufo, Bambara, Mende, Kissi, Bamileke and Bakumba.

Traditional Nigerian Art


Candidates should be able to:

i. analyze the works in terms of functions, characteristics and locations.


Nok, Igbo-Ukwu, Ife, Benin, Esie, Igala, Jukun, Akwashi, and Mbari.

  • Banjoko I. (2000) Visual Arts made Easy: Textbook for Schools and Colleges, Lagos, Movic Publishing Company Ltd.
  • Egonwa, O.D. (1991) African Art: A contemporary Source Book, Benin: Osasu Publishers.
  • Egunlae, S.A. (1985) The Essential Ground work in Art and Design, Omotola Standard Press and Bookshop (Nig) Ltd.
  • Erese, U. O. and Ogunsina E. D. (1989) Creative Arts and Crafts for J. S. S. Onibonoje Press.
  • Nahab, S. J. (2003) Art of the Millennium for Senior Secondary Schools, Ehindero (Nig.) Ltd.
  • Ogumor, E. (1993) Certificate Art for Junior Secondary Schools and Senior Secondary Schools, Ibadan: University Press Plc.
  • Olaosebikan W. A. (1982) Cultural and Creative Arts, Evans.
  • Olurukooba, B. K. (1991) Art for Senior Secondary Schools, ABU.
  • Uzoagba I. N. (1982) Understanding Art in General Education, Onitsha; African Publish Ltd.
  • Wangboje, I. N. (1982) A Textbook on Art for Junior and Senior Secondary Schools, Evans Publishers.

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