List of Approved Art Courses Offered in Nigerian Universities (2024)

Art students who wish to know the various art courses offered in Nigerian universities in 2024 as approved by the NUC can find it on this page or in the JAMB brochure.


These courses can be studied in any Nigerian university as social sciences. While there are universities where one can study art courses, we know that these academic institutions offer other commercial, education and even pure science courses.

The faculty of arts and social sciences exist in almost every federal, state and private university. Under these faculty, there exists different departments where students align their studies to. For example, Mass communication department, Public Administration department, Political Science department, etc

While there are some art courses under the faculty of Art and Humanities which might seems different from the social sciences, note that they are all similar in nature.

If you are still an art student in any Nigerian secondary school and would like to know the best art course you can study in Nigeria today, then this write-up helps you make that decision as to the art course you want to study at the university under the art department/faculty.

Just like pure science courses, being a student of any art department in Nigeria to study art courses in a university, requires you get admitted into the school first. The admission requirement deems it that you must have credit or distinction in subjects like English, Maths, Economics, Government at your O’level which include WAEC & NECO. The subject combination to study these art courses, may differ a little but are somewhat similar.

The two approved faculties in Nigerian universities where art courses are taught by lecturers and studied by students for a degree are the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Art/Humanities. The first degree awarded to art students who graduate from the university after offering these art courses isn’t BSc, but B.A (Bachelor of Arts).

While arts is part of the social science branch, students who wants to study any commercial courses in Nigerian universities can also do so. Most academic institutions refer to the commercial department as the Faculty of management sciences. Here, courses like Accountancy, Business Education, Banking & Finance, Business Administration,  Marketing, etc are commercial courses you can study.

Below is a comprehensive / full list of all art courses in Nigerian Universities for those interested in studying art courses in any University in Nigeria. We listed some of the accredited schools that offers these courses.

These art courses in Nigeria are the best you can study in any University in Nigeria currently for 2023 especially for those writing JAMB.


  • African & Asian Studies
  • Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • Arabic Language
  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Arabic Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Archeology and Tourism
  • Arts (Combined Honours)
  • Arts Education
  • Chinese Studies
  • Christian Religious knowledge / Studies / Theology
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication and Language Arts
  • Communication Arts
  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative Religious Studies
  • Counseling and Psychology
  • Creative And Visual Arts
  • Creative Arts
  • Criminology and Security Studies
  • Drama / Dramatic / Performing Arts
  • Economics
  • Economics and Development Studies
  • Education Arts
  • Efik-Ibibio
  • English and International Studies
  • English and Literary Studies
  • English Language
  • English Language and Communication Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • English Studies
  • European and Nigerian Languages
  • Film Arts
  • Fine Art / Fine and Applied Arts
  • Fine Arts And Design
  • Foreign Languages and Literature
  • French
  • French and International Relations
  • French and International Studies
  • French with German/Russian
  • Fulfulde
  • Geography
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • German
  • German Combined with French Russian
  • Guidance and‘ Counselling
  • Hausa
  • History
  • History / Sociology
  • History and Archaology
  • History and Archeology
  • History and Diplomacy
  • History and Diplomatic Studies
  • History and International Relation
  • History and International Studies
  • History and Political Science
  • History and Strategic Studies
  • Igbo
  • Igbo/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
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Linguistics / Edo
  • Linguistics / Urhobo
  • Linguistics / Yoruba
  • 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
  • Philosoph and Religious Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy & Religious Studies
  • Political Science
  • Political Science and Conflict Resolution
  • Portugues/English
  • Portuguese
  • Psychology
  • Psychology and Human Development
  • Religion and Science
  • Religious and Cultural Studies
  • Religious and Human Relations
  • Religious and Philosiphy
  • Religious Studies
  • Religious Studies / Theology
  • Russian with French/ German
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Theatre And Film Studies
  • Theatre And Media Arts
  • Theatre And Performing Arts
  • Theatre Arts
  • Theatre Arts/Performing Arts/Drama/Dramatic Arts
  • Theology
  • Visual and Applied Arts
  • Yoruba
  • Yoruba and Communication Arts


The subject combinations listed below, would enable you study any art course offered in Nigerian universities. While Mathematics and English are compulsory for all, you must strive to get 5 credit C5, not D7 or E8 in these subjects to gain admission. The art subject combination include:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Economics
  • Civic Education
  • Government
  • Literature in English Language
  • One of the major Nigerian languages (Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa)


  • Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri (University Affiliated)
  • Bayero University, Kano
  • Covenant University, Ota -American University of Nigeria
  • Delta State University, Abraka
  • Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port-Harcourt
  • Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso
  • National Open University of Nigeria
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  • Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu-Ode
  • University of Benin, Ugbowo
  • University of Ibadan, Ibadan
  • University of Ilorin, Ilorin
  • University of Lagos, Akoka
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • University of Port-Harcourt, Choba
  • University of Uyo, Uyo
  • University of Benin, Ugbowo
  • Uthman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto


  • Philosophy

For O’level, candidate should have five (5) SSCE credit passes which must include English language and four (4) other relevant subjects. For JAMB, subject combination include any three subjects.

  • English Language

Candidate must have five (5) SSCE credit passes which must include: Literature in English, English Language with three other Arts or Social Science subjects. For JAMB, the subject combination include: Literature in English, one other Arts subject with another Arts or any Social Science subject.

  • Religious Studies

For O’level, student should have five (5) SSCE credit passes which should include English Language and CRS/IS. His or her JAMB UTME should have CRS/IS and any other two subjects.

  • Archaeology

Candidate should have five (5) SSCE credit passes that will include English Language and one (1) of these subjects: Religious Studies, Geography, Economics or History. The JAMB subject combination include any two subjects from Arts, Social Sciences and anyone from History, Religious Studies, Government and Geography.

  • Theatre Art

Student should have five SSCE credit passes that will include English Language and Arts subjects. JAMB should include Literature in English and two (2) other related subjects.


These are the best art courses to study in any Nigerian university that you can get job with:

  • English
  • Mass Communication
  • International Studies and Diplomacy
  • Fine art and design
  • International Relations
  • Theatre arts
  • Creative art
  • French
  • Counselling and Psychology
  • Music

Please note that these full list of art courses in Nigerian Universities has been accredited and approved by the Ministry of Education and the National University Commission (NUC). We also listed the best art courses to study that you can get job after you graduate.

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