2024/2025 JAMB Art Syllabus & Recommended Textbooks

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You can now download the complete JAMB Art Syllabus 2024/2025 and the recommended JAMB Art Textbooks here on this page. This information is for students preparing for the 2024/2025 JAMB CBT Examination. The JAMB Art Syllabus and textbooks are what candidates will need to study properly for the JAMB Art exams.

2024/2025 JAMB Art Syllabus

The JAMB Art examination is designed to test candidate’s ability to understand the simple, basic and more complicated aspect of Art. As such, candidates are expected to have wide knowledge about the topics provided on the JAMB Art Syllabus.

Here is a list of the 2024/2025 JAMB Syllabus for Art:


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

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.

Topic 3: Art Terms

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


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.

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

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.


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

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.


Topic 1: Art Appreciation

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

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.

Topic 3: Art Entrepreneurship

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


There are also recommended textbooks for the 2024 JAMB Art Examination to be read by candidates in other to help prepare them thoroughly for the exams. These recommended textbooks will cover the topics provided in the JAMB Art Syllabus extensively.

JAMB Art Syllabus Recommended Textbooks

  • 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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