Prof. J. U. Ogene

Head of Department
Prof. J. U. Ogene

H.O.D. Fine and Applied Arts

Philosophy of the available Programme(s)


Before now, there existed two separate departments, which were the Department of Fine Arts, and Department of Applied Arts, under the defunct Faculty of Creative Arts before their merger in 1987 to become the Department of Fine and applied Arts, under Faculty of Arts. The Department is currently under the Faculty of Environmental Sciences in line with NUC requirements as obtainable in other Institutions. Presently the Department has been split into two Departments namely Department of Visual Arts and Department of Industrial Design, awaiting NUC resource verification exercise.At the moment, there are seven areas of specialization namely: Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Textile Design/Technology, Metal Design and Art History. All these seven units offer compulsory courses where Drawing, Art Education, Art History and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are required courses for all the areas of specialization in the Department and students are expected to register them.

For the type of education that would be relevant to the Nigerian University graduate of Fine Arts or the Applied Arts, the current state of the discipline needs a change in the direction for the Fine Arts that will be relevant to the future.  Without this, the Fine Arts programme content as it is at the moment in the Department would be quite irrelevant or inadequate for the students as they graduate, especially with the contemporary sophistication of the world in terms of technology. This is the reason for the restructuring/review of the existing programmes as it obtains at present in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts.

The Undergraduate Programmes of the Department of Fine/Applied Arts has over the years undergone tremendous transformation from the era of the pioneer and formative years of its founding fathers, to its present status of a fully metamorphosed department of Fine/Applied Arts, retooled and reengineered to face up to the challenges of the new millennia and the next to come.  Its pioneering philosophy was that of providing the type of education in the Arts (Fine/Applied) that is relevant to the Nigerian University and the Nigeria national educational needs.  It was also intended to meet with the aspirations of the fledging and aspiring artists/professionals of Fine/Applied Arts of that era.

The present standing and philosophy of the Department of Fine/Applied Arts has not only fulfilled those objectives and aspirations stated above but has been able to create a new vision and redirection of focus towards realizing the technological and contemporary components of the programme, to put it on the cutting edge of innovation and academic excellence, relevant not only to Nigeria’s need, but to make the Department and the University compete favourably with the best universities anywhere in the world.


The academic programme which provides for single Honours B.A. degree is designed to cater for diverse academic and creative interests in students and to prepare them for various professional and administrative job opportunities.



(A)   Admission Requirements for the Four-Year Degree Full-Time Programme (Syllabus A – UME)   Candidates seeking admission into the Four-Year Degree Programme should possess any of the followingqualifications: At least five Ordinary Level Credit passes in WASCE,  SSCE/GCE, NECO-SSCE or at least five merit level passes in the Teachers Grade (TC II) examinations or its recognized equivalent not more than two sittings. The subjects should include English language and Fine Arts.

Note:   UME subjects are:’

Use of English,
Fine Arts and,
Any other two subjects from the Arts,or Social Sciences.

(B) Admission Requirements for the Four-Year Full-Time Degree Programme (Syllabus B – UME) Candidates seeking admission into the Four-Year (Syllabus “B”) Degree Programme should possess any of the following qualifications:  At least five Ordinary Level Credit passes in WASCE, SSCE/GCE. NECO-SSCE or at least five merit level passes in the Teachers Grade 11 (TC II) examinations or its recognized equivalent at not more than two sittings. The subjects should include English language,

Note:     UME subjects are:

Use of English
Any other three (3) subjects from the Arts,  Social Sciences, or Sciences

(C)  Admission Requirements for the Three-Year Full-Time Degree Programme (Direct Entry)

In addition to (A) above, candidates who possess any of the following qualifications may be considered for admission;

(i)     At least two Advanced Level passes in Fine Arts and any other Subject in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) or the Higher School Certificate (HSC).

(ii)   At least an Upper credit level pass in the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) or a Lower credit level pass in Higher National Diploma (HND) in Fine Arts from a recognized Polytechnic or College of Technology or at least a credit level pass in the University of Benin Diploma in Fine Arts (DFA).

(iii)    At least a credit-level pass in Fine Arts and an overall merit level pass at the NCE or its equivalent qualification from a recognized College of Education.

(iv)      Holders of OND, HND, Bachelor and Postgraduate Degrees from recognized institutions within and outside Nigeria without a qualification in Fine Arts and who have met the matriculation requirements of the Faculties of Arts and Environmental Sciences shall be qualified for admission into the 200 Level in the Undergraduate Programme of the Department.  Successful candidates will be required to take remedial courses at the 100 Level (Syllabus A& B courses).

(D)Admission Requirements for the Two-Year Full-Time Degree Programme (Direct Entry)

(i)  Candidates who possess at least an upper credit level pass in HND, who satisfy (A) above are eligible for consideration for Direct Entry admission into the 300 Level of the Two-Year Degree Programme. In addition to A above:

(ii)  Candidates with Bachelor Degree in Fine/Applied Arts with an Honours degree in Fine/Applied Arts from recognized institutions within and outside Nigeria.  This category of candidates will be admitted into 300 Level.  The candidates will be required to take the 200 Level introductory courses in the new area of specialization.

NOTE: Syllabus A courses are as follows: FAF 110 & 120, FAF 111 & 121 and FAF112 & 122.

Category A Candidates: All Syllabus A and Syllabus B courses.

Syllabus B courses are: FFA 115 & FFA 125, FFA 116 & FFA 126 and FFA 117 & FFA 127


For each level of the courses, a Grade Point Average shall be calculated.  Weighting shall be determined by the number of credits attached to each course.  A student’s final grade shall be calculated from the sum of the Weighted Grade Point Average for each level of the courses as follows:

1. 100 – 5% 100 – NIL
2. 200 – 15% 200 – 20%
3. 300 – 25% 300 – 25%
4. 400 – 55% 400 – 55%
1. 100 – NIL
2. 200 – NIL
3. 300 – 45%
4. 400 – 55%

AS FROM 2013/2014 TO DATE

1. 70 – 100% A          5   4
2. 60 – 69% B          4   3
3. 50 – 59% C          3   2
4. 45 – 49% D          2   1
1. FIRST CLASS HONOURS 4.50 – 5.00 70 and above
2. UPPER SECOND CLASS HONOURS 3.50 – 4.49 60 – 69%
3. LOWER SECOND CLASS HONOURS 2.40 – 3.49 50 – 59%
4. THIRD SECOND CLASS HONOURS 1.50 – 2.39 45 – 49%

The class of degree is determined by the Weighted Grade Point Average


(i)      A student who obtains a minimum of 18 credits at the end of the academic year shall be allowed to carry over the failed courses to the next academic session,

(ii)  Students who obtain a minimum of 12 credits at the end of the year shall be allowed to remain on the programme on probation or transfer from the faculty

(iii)   A student who obtains less than 12 Credits at the end of the year shall be required to withdraw from the programme.


(ii)  The four year degree programme includes Three (3) months of Industrial Training and field trips for all students at the 300 level and is a requirement before entering the 400 level,

(iii) A student is expected to pass all the prescribed courses and earn the required credits, i.e. Credits for the four-year programme and credits for the three year degree programme.


The abbreviated letters represent the following:

APC    represents courses in Ceramics and Glass

APT     represents courses in Textile and Fashion Design

APG    represents courses in Visual and Communication Design

APM   represents courses in Metal /Industrial Arts and Design

FAE    represents courses in Art Education

FAH    represents courses in Art History and Criticism

FAF     represents courses at the Foundational Level

FAD    represents courses in Drawing

CAD    represents courses in Computer Aided Design

FAS     represents courses in Sculpture

1 – Regular serial numbering

2 – 200 level course