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2024/2025 JAMB Art Syllabus & Recommended Textbooks

Are you gearing up for the 2024/2025 JAMB CBT Examination in the Art category? Look no further! In this comprehensive guide, we provide you with the complete JAMB Art Syllabus and the recommended textbooks to help you ace your exams with confidence. Stay ahead of the curve by delving into the essential topics and resources outlined below.

2024/2025 JAMB Art Syllabus:

The JAMB Art examination aims to assess candidates’ understanding of both simple and intricate aspects of art. To succeed, candidates should familiarize themselves with the following topics outlined in the JAMB Art Syllabus:


Topic 1: Classification of Art

  • Visual Arts: (Fine and Applied Arts)
  • Performing Arts: (Music, Dance, and Drama)
  • Literary Arts: (Poetry, Prose, Recitals), etc

Topic 2: Elements and Principles of Design

  • Elements: line, color, shape, form, texture, tone, value, space, etc.
  • Principles: balance, rhythm, proportion, harmony, contrast, repetition, dominance, variety, etc.

Topic 3: Art Terms

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


Topic 1: Historical Dimensions of Art

  • Prehistoric, Greek and Roman Art
  • Medieval Art: architecture, surface decorations, and calligraphy
  • Renaissance Art and Artists: Giotto Di Bondone, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael (Raffaello Santi)
  • 19th and 20th Century art movements; Impressionism, Realism, Futurism, Cubism, Bauhaus, Pop art, Abstract Expressionism, and Fauvism.

Topic 2: Traditional African Art

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

Topic 3: Traditional Nigerian Art

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

Topic 4: Nigerian Crafts

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

Topic 5: Development in Contemporary Nigerian Arts and Artists

  • Art Schools: Zaria, Nsukka, Osogbo group, etc.
  • Nigerian artists and art educators; Aina Onabolu, Ben Enwonwu, S. I. Wangboje, Jimoh Akolo, Dele Jegede, etc.
  • Museums, galleries, and art centers;
  • Art institutions, cultural art centers, 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.
  • Major Festivals: Argungu Fishing Festival, Eyo, Egungun, Iri-ji (New Yam), Durbar, Igue, Ekpo, Odo, etc.


Topic 1: Artistic Skills, Techniques, and Processes

  • Two-Dimensional Art: drawing, painting, graphics, and textile design.
  • Perspective:
    • Linear, angular, aerial, parallel, etc.
    • Perspective terms: foreground, picture plane, eye-level, vanishing point, foreshortening, optical illusion, depth, etc.
  • Sculpture, Ceramics, and Crafts,
  • Computer Graphics: CorelDraw

Topic 2: Tools, Materials, and Equipment

  • Two-Dimensional Art Tools: brushes, lino cutters, drawing instruments, calligraphic pens, sharpeners, etc.
  • Two-dimensional Art Materials: pencils charcoal, pastel, crayon, fixative, fabric, dyes, lino, wood blocks, etc.
  • Two-Dimensional Art Equipment: air compressor, spray gun, enlarger, computer, etc.
  • Improvisation of tools, materials, and equipment
    • Two-Dimensional Art: colors, brushes, calligraphic pens, etc.
    • Three-Dimensional Art: spatula, kiln, beater, etc.


Topic 1: Art Appreciation

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

Topic 2: Meaning and Functions of Art in Society

  • What art is
  • Functions of art in society: religious, social, cultural, political, therapeutic and economic needs,
  • Functions of art in media: advertisement, education, recreation, etc.

Topic 3: Art Entrepreneurship

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

Recommended Textbooks:

To complement your preparation, consider the following recommended textbooks for the 2024 JAMB Art Examination:

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


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