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JAMB 2019/2020 Art (Fine Art) Syllabus | Download or View the PDF here

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JAMB 2019/2020 Art (Fine Art) Syllabus | Download or View the PDF here
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This is to inform all JAMB candidates writing Art (Fine Art) that the new Syllabus for 2019/2020 Jamb exam is out. Candidates can download or view the pdf format here.

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination syllabus for Art (Fine Art) is designed to prepare the candidates for the Board’s examination.

 The following are what this syllabus strives to achieve:

  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 meanin and function of art in society.


The syllabus is divided into five sections as given below:


SECTION A:  [JAMB 2019/2020 Art Syllabus]


  1. Classification Of Arts
  2. Visual Arts: (Fine and Applied Art)
    b. Performing Arts: (Music, Dance and Drama)
    c. Literary Art: (Poetry, Prose, Recitals) etc.
  3. Elements and Principle of Design
  4. Elements: line, colour, shape, form, texture, tone, value, space etc.
    b. Principles: balance, rhythm, proportion, harmony, contrast, repetition, dominance, variety, etc.
  5. Arts Terms

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

SECTION B:  [JAMB 2019/2020 Art Syllabus]

  1. Cultural and Historical Dimension 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, Raphael (Raffaello Santi) etc.
d). 19th and 20th Century art movements; Impressionism, Realism, Futurism, Cubism, Bauhaus, Pop art, Abstract, Expressionism, Fauvism, etc.

  1. Traditional African Art

Egypt, Ashanti, Dogon, Mossi, Fon, Senufo, Bambara, Mende, Kisi, Bamileke, Bakumba etc.

  1. Traditional Nigerian Art

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

  1. Nigerian Local Crafts

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

  1. Development In Contemporary Nigerian Arts and Artists

a). Art Schools: Zaria, Nsukka, Oshogbo 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 (S.N.E.A), 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.

SECTION C:  [JAMB 2019/2020 Art Syllabus]

    a. Two-Dimensional Art: drawing, painting, graphics and textile design.
    b. Perspective:
  2. Linear, angular, aerial, parallel etc.
    ii. Perspective terms: foreground, picture plane, eye-level vanishing point, foreshortening, optical illusion, dept etc.
  3. Sculpture, ceramics and crafts,
    d. Computer Graphics: Corel Draw
    a. Two-dimensional Art Materials: pencils charcoal, pastel/crayon, fixatives, fabric, dyes, lino, wood blocks etc.
    b. Two-Dimensional Art Tools: brushes, lino cutters, drawing instruments, calligraphy, pens, sharpeners, etc;
    c. Two-Dimensional Art Equipment: air compressor, spray gun, enlarger, computer etc.
    d. Improvisation of materials:
  5. Two-Dimensional Art: colours, brushes, calligraphy etc.
    ii. Three-Dimensional Art: spatula, kiln, beater, etc.
    Still life, nature or imaginative composition.


SECTION A:  [JAMB 2019/2020 Art Syllabus]

    a. Man-made objects: architecture and sculpture
    b. Natural phenomena: Zuma Rock, Ikogosi Warm Springs, etc.
    a. What art is
    b. Functions of art in society: religious, social, cultural, political, therapeutic and economic needs,
    c. Functions of art in television: advertising, educational recreational, etc.

Jamb Arts Syllabus Recommended Textbook

  • 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
  • Eguilae, 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
  • Wangboje, I. N. (1982). A Textbook on Art for Junior and Senior Secondary Schools, Evans
  • Wisdomline Pass at Once JAMB.


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