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The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Art is to prepare the candidates for the Board’s examination. It is designed to test their achievement of the course objectives, which are to:

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 meaning and function of art in society.

The UTME Art Syllabus is divided into the following sections

SECTION A
1. CLASSIFICATION OF ART:
2. ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN:
3. ART TERMS:

SECTION B
1. CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL DIMENSIONS OF ART:
2. TRADITIONAL AFRICAN ART:
3. TRADITIONAL NIGERIAN ART:
4. NIGERIAN LOCAL CRAFTS:
5. DEVELOPMENT IN CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN ARTS AND ARTISTS:

SECTION C
1. ARTISTIC SKILLS, TECHNIQUES AND PROCESSES
2. TOOLS, EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS
3. PRACTICAL DRAWING

SECTION D
1. ART APPRECIATION
2. MEANING AND FUNCTIONS OF ART IN SOCIETY

SECTION A
1. CLASSIFICATION OF ART:
a. Visual Arts: (Fine and Applied Art)
b. Performing Arts: (Music, Dance and
Drama)
c. Literary Art: (Poetry, Prose, Recitals)
etc.

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.

3. ART TERMS:
Pigments, motif, greenware, armature, silhouette, chiaroscuro, cireperdue, terra- cotta etc.

SECTION B
1. CULTURAL AND 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, Raphael (Raffaello Santi) etc.
d. 19th and 20th Century art movements; Impressionism, Realism, Futurism, Cubism, Bauhaus, Pop art, Abstract, Expressionism, Fauvism, etc.

2. TRADITIONAL AFRICAN ART:
Egypt, Ashanti, Dogon, Mossi, Fon, Senufo, Bambara, Mende, Kisi, Bamileke, Bakumba etc.

3. TRADITIONAL NIGERIAN ART:
Nok, Ife, Igbo-Ukwu, Benin, Esie, Igala, Jukun, Akwashi, Mbari, etc.

4. NIGERIAN LOCAL CRAFTS:
Pottery, woodworks, cloth-weaving, carving, leather works, metal works, beadworks, body decoration, mat and cane weaving etc.

5. 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
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, dept etc.
c. Sculpture, ceramics and crafts,
d. Computer Graphics: Corel Draw

2. TOOLS, EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS
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:
i. Two-Dimensional Art: colours, brushes, calligraphy etc.
ii. Three-Dimensional Art: spatula, kiln, beater, etc.

3. PRACTICAL DRAWING
Still life, nature or imaginative composition.

SECTION D
1. ART APPRECIATION
a. Man-made objects: architecture and sculpture
b. Natural phenomena: Zuma Rock, Ikogosi Warm Springs, etc.

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 television: advertising, educational recreational, etc.


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