Courses under art department in Nigeria and subjects required

Courses under art department in Nigeria and subjects required

Courses under art department in Nigeria lay a solid foundation for someone who wants to pursue a career in entertainment, public relations, international affairs, and related sectors. Since almost every higher learning institution in the country has a fine and applied arts department, you are likely to find multiple schools offering the same course.

What is the best course for art student in Nigeria?
Courses under art department in Nigeria. Photo:, @andy-barbour
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For several reasons, the arts faculties and departments in Nigerian universities are among the most populated categories. First, most of these courses are affordable to many parents and self-sponsored students. Secondly, since Nigeria's art industry has also gone global, the government and private investors invest in this country's art schools and make them the best on the continent.

Courses under art department in Nigeria

What course can you study as an art student? The art department in Nigerian universities offers diverse courses that cater to students' artistic and creative interests. These courses encompass various disciplines within the field of arts and humanities.

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Choose a course under art that will help you grow your career. Nigerian universities offer art students many alternatives through the course major and minor system. Alternatively, you can take a short course while pursuing any art-related degree programme.

Art courses and subjects required

The following subjects are generally considered important and relevant for admission into an art-related program.

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Literature in English
  • Government
  • Christian Religious Studies/Islamic Religious Studies
  • Civil Education
  • Economics
  • History

What is the best course for art students in Nigeria? Here is a list of the best art courses in Nigeria.

  • African & Asian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arabic & Islamic Studies
  • Arabic Language
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Arabic Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology and Tourism
  • Arts (Combined Honours)
  • Arts Education
  • Chinese Studies
  • Christian Religious knowledge
  • Studies of Theology
  • Classical Studies
  • Comparative Religious Studies
art courses and subjects required
Best art courses in Nigeria. Photo:, @Greta Hoffman
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  • Communication and Language Arts
  • Communication Arts
  • Communication Studies
  • Counselling and Psychology
  • Creative and Visual Arts
  • Creative Arts
  • Criminology and Security Studies
  • Drama, Dramatic or Performing Arts
  • Economics
  • Economics and Development Studies
  • Education Arts
  • Efik-Ibibio
  • English and International Studies
  • English Language and Communication Studies
  • English and Literary Studies
  • English Language
  • English Language and Literature
  • English Studies
  • European and Nigerian Language
  • Fashion and design
  • Make-up artistry
  • Fashion modelling
  • Film Arts
  • Fine Art and Applied Arts
  • Fine Arts and Design
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • French
  • French and International Relations
  • French and International Studies
  • French with German or Russian

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Courses for art students. Photo:, @Andrea Piacquadio
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  • Fulfulde
  • Graphic design
  • Geography
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • German
  • German Combined with French or Russian
  • Guidance and Counselling
  • Hairdressing and styling
  • Hausa
  • History
  • History and Sociology
  • History and International Studies
  • History and Political Science
  • History and Strategic Studies
  • History and Archaeology
  • History and Diplomacy
  • History and Diplomatic Studies
  • History and International Relations
  • Igbo
  • Igbo or Linguistics
  • International and Comparative Politics
  • International Relations and Diplomacy
  • International Studies and Diplomacy
  • Islamic Studies
  • Kanuri
  • Kiswahili
  • Languages
  • Languages and Linguistics
  • Languages and Literature
  • Languages Arts
  • Languages Arts and Yoruba
What is the best course in arts?
Art courses in Nigeria. Photo:, @cottonbro studio
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  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistics of Urhobo
  • Linguistics of Yoruba
  • Linguistics of Edo
  • Linguistics and African Languages
  • Linguistics, Igbo and other African Languages
  • Literature in English
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies and Mass Communication
  • Modern and European Language
  • Modern Language and Translation
  • Music
  • Nigerian Languages
  • Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
  • Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts and Culture
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Political Science and Conflict Resolution
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Psychology and Human Development
  • Religion and Science
  • Religious and Human Relations
  • Religious Studies or Theology
  • Religious and Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Religious and Cultural Studies

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Which department are in art class?
Courses for art students. Photo:, @Derek Lamar
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  • Russian with French or German
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Theology
  • Visual and Applied Arts
  • Yoruba
  • Yoruba and Communication Arts
  • Theatre and Film Studies
  • Theatre and Performing Arts
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre and Media Arts

What is the best course in arts?

Here are the top ten best courses for art students in Nigeria:

  • Graphic design
  • International Studies
  • Fashion design
  • Foreign Languages
  • Political Science
  • Theatre Arts
  • Nigerian Languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Modern Language and Translation

What are the courses in fine and applied arts?

Historically, painting, sculpturing, architecture, music, poetry, theatre, and dance are fine arts. Today, the list includes filmmaking, photography, design, and conceptual art. All the educational courses related to these studies are fine art courses.

Applied art, on the other hand, focuses on designing and decorating objects for everyday use. However, fine and applied art courses often overlap because you can use skills and knowledge gained in a fine art course to build an applied art career.

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Which departments are in art class?

These are the 15 best art department courses in Nigeria:

  • Archaeology and Tourism
  • Arts Education
  • Chinese Studies
  • Studies of Theology
  • Literature in English
  • Mass Communication
  • Performing Arts
  • Performing Arts and Culture
  • Philosophy
  • Visual and Applied Arts
  • Theatre and Film Studies
  • Theatre and Performing Arts
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre and Media Arts
  • Theology
Courses under art department
Courses under art department. Photo:, @Harry Truong (modified by author)
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Which university is best for an art student in Nigeria?

Here is a list of universities in Nigeria that offer fine and applied art courses:

  • Delta State University
  • Federal University
  • Niger Delta University
  • University of Jos
  • The University of Nigeria Nsukka
  • University of Benin
  • University of Lagos
  • The University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • University of Ibadan
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  • University of Port-Harcourt
  • Bauchi State University, Gadau
  • The University of Ilorin
  • The Ekiti State University
  • Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  • The Bayero University, Kano
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  • University of Uyo
  • Delta State University
  • Afe Babalola University
  • Benue State University, Makurdi,
  • The University of Calabar
  • College of Ibadan

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What are potential career paths for graduates of art?

Graduates of art department courses can pursue diverse career paths, such as becoming professional artists, art educators, graphic designers, art directors, museum curators, art therapists, fashion designers, illustrators, animators, or working in advertising and marketing agencies.

Why is an art course important?

Art courses give a forum for self-expression, allowing students to explore their artistic ability, experiment with various mediums, and establish their style. Furthermore, studying art helps improve critical thinking abilities, visual literacy, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think outside the box.

All courses under art department in Nigeria assure you a bright future if you put effort into your studies. Let your passion and dream guide you when selecting a programme to study.

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