Undergraduate Programme


The Asqwith/Elliot and Sir Eric Ashby's T Commissions on behalf of the British Government made recommendations in the 1940s and 1950s to bring about higher education in Nigeria. The Nigerian College of Arts Science and Technology, a Federal institution with branches in Enugu, Ibadan and Zaria was established in 1950 with Mr. W.H. Thorp as the first principal of the college. Work commenced in Ibadan in that same year and the first college council meeting was held on the 25th June 1953. The Department of Fine Arts, which started at the Ibadan branch of the Nigerian College of Arts Science and Technology in 1953, was moved to the Zaria Branch in 1955.  The Diploma in Fine Art and in Commercial Design was a four-year residential course and comprised.

  1. A two-year general course leading to the College Intermediate Certificate.  In the first year students took the Advanced Level examination in Art - the General Certificate of Education. The general course comprised of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Pottery, Fabric-Printing, History of Art and English. 

The Fine Arts programme is tailored through both academic and professional training, aimed at developing students' perceptual, conceptual artistic talent and expressive abilities. It is focused towards stimulating consciousness and enquiry into the practical and theoretical issues relevant to the discipline, its cultural setting and the human society. The programme is designed to respond and accommodate rapid socioeconomic and political changes that shape the Nigerian cultural milieu.

  1. The programme of the department is designed to produce professional artists, art educators, art historians, art administrators, cultural officers for the manpower needs of Nigeria and the world at large.
  2. it is also designed to equip and provide a balanced knowledge of the Fine Arts in its application and other cultural ramifications in relation to other disciplines of humanities, environmental, social sciences and other fields. 
  1. Admission to B.A (Hons) Fine Arts programme can be categorized into three:i)
    1. Normal admission into 100 level for holders of SSCE or equivalent. Candidates must have 5 credits, passes at SSCE or equivalent in English language and Fine Arts and any 3 subjects.
    2. Direct entry admission for holders of HND or NCE with credit, pass may be admitted into the 200 level.
    3. Special admission for holders of HND or its equivalent that meet the requirement for normal admission and graduated with an average B+ or Upper Credit may be admitted to the 300 level courses.

The department runs a 3-4 year B.A (Hons), M.A, M.F.A and PhD programmes and they are organised into four specialized areas:

  1. Painting
  2. Sculpture
  3. Art Education
  4. Art History