JAMB Syllabus for Art 2024/2025

JAMB Syllabus for Art

In this article, we will explore the details of the JAMB Art syllabus for 2024, offering valuable insights, breakdowns, and tips to assist you in navigating this essential aspect of your exam preparation. Join us on this exploration to comprehend what the JAMB examiners have prepared for the Art section and equip yourself with the knowledge necessary for success.

JAMB Syllabus for Art 2024/2025

This is to inform the public, particularly those intending to take part in the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has published the Art syllabus for the 2024 UTME. The syllabus is accessible for download in PDF format, providing you with convenient access to the material that will influence your success in the exam.

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JAMB Art Syllabus 2024/2025 General Objective

The purpose of the Art syllabus for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is to prepare candidates for the Board’s exam. The syllabus is crafted to assess their fulfillment of the course objectives, which include:

  1. exhibit knowledge of the fundamental elements, principles and terminology of art; 
  2. demonstrate knowledge of historical dimensions of art with emphasis on Egyptian and Nigerian art; 
  3. demonstrate knowledge of artistic techniques, processes, the use of materials and maintenance of tools and equipment; 
  4. display aesthetic sensitivity to the environment and knowledge of the meaning and function of art in society.

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Jamb Syllabus for Art 2024/2025


Topic 1: Classification of Art

a. Visual Arts: (Fine and Applied Arts) 
b. Performing Arts: (Music, Dance and Drama) 
c. Literary Arts: (Poetry, Prose, Recitals), etc


Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between the three branches of art.

Topic 2: Elements and 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.


Candidates should be able to:
i. identify the elements of design;
ii. analyse the principles of design.

Topic 3: Art Terms

Pigments, motif, greenware, armature, silhouette, chiaroscuro, cireperdue, terracotta etc.


Candidates should be able to:
i. identify art terms;
ii. link the terms to their areas of art;
iii. use the terms in analyzing art works.


Topic 1: Historical Dimensions of Art

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.


Candidates should be able to:
i. compare their materials, styles and techniques;
ii. classify the periods and styles with 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.

Topic 2: Traditional African Art

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


Candidates should be able to:
i. categorise works in terms of style, materials and locations.

Topic 3: Traditional Nigerian Art

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


Candidates should be able to:
i. categorise works in terms of style, materials and locations.

Topic 4: Nigerian Crafts

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


Candidates should be able to:
i. analyze the works in terms of functions, characteristics and locations;
ii. trace the origins, locations and styles.

Topic 5: Development in Contemporary Nigerian Arts and Artists

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.


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.


Topic 1: Artistic Skills, Techniques and Processes

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


Candidates should be conversant with:
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.

Topic 2: Tools, Materials, and Equipment

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 etc.
d. Improvisation of tools, materials and equipment
i. Two-Dimensional Art: colours, brushes, calligraphic pens etc.
ii. Three-Dimensional Art: spatula, kiln, beater, etc.


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.


Topic 1: Art Appreciation

a. Man-made objects: architecture, sculpture etc.
b. Natural phenomena: Zuma Rock, Ikogosi Warm Springs, etc.


Candidates should be able to:
i. appreciate the aesthetic qualities of natural and man-made aesthetic phenomena in Nigerian environment;
ii. differentiate between natural and man-made aesthetic phenomena.

Topic 2: Meaning and Functions of Art in Society

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.


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.

Topic 3: Art Entrepreneurship

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


Candidates should be able to:
i. identify job opportunities in visual arts.

JAMB Syllabus For Art PDF Download

Jamb Art Syllabus 2024 Recommended Textbook

  1. Visual Arts made Easy: Textbook for Schools and Colleges by Banjoko I. (2000)
  2. African Art: A contemporary Source Book by Egonwa, O.D. (1991)
  3. The Essential Ground work in Art and Design by Egunlae, S.A. (1985)
  4. Creative Arts and Crafts for J. S. S. by Erese, U. O. and Ogunsina E. D. (1989).
  5. Art of the Millennium for Senior Secondary Schools by Nahab, S. J. (2003).
  6. Certificate Art for Junior Secondary Schools and Senior Secondary Schools by Ogumor, E. (1993).
  7. Cultural and Creative Arts by Olaosebikan W. A. (1982) .
  8. Art for Senior Secondary Schools by Olurukooba, B. K. (1991).
  9. Understanding Art in General Education by Uzoagba I. N. (1982)
  10. A Textbook on Art for Junior and Senior Secondary Schools by Wangboje, I. N. (1982).

In conclusion, mastering the JAMB Art syllabus for 2024 is key to success. Use the provided insights and tips to navigate your preparation effectively. Best of luck in your upcoming exam!

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