This guide provides a list of the 10 best art courses to study in Nigeria, putting several important factors into consideration. And of course, our number one criteria is the availability of jobs connected with those courses.
Truth be told, some of the courses in that list are not very marketable. And considering the fact that Nigeria is a country with a high rate of unemployment, choosing a good course increases your chances of avoiding a jobless future.
Please note that the list below is in no particular order. In other words, the course placed at number one doesn’t signify the best.
Here are the 10 Best Art courses to study in Nigeria:
This is definitely one of the best art courses to study in Nigerian Universities. Mass communication refers to imparting and exchanging information on a large scale, and to a wide range of people efficiently and speedily.
Students who graduate with a degree in Mass Communication can pursue a career in journalism, broadcasting, digital communication, or media management and sales.
Above all, students who graduate with a degree in mass communication will ultimately develop mass media journalistic and technology skills, research and communication skills. Those skills can come in handy even if you end up self-employed.
- Jamb & WAEC requirements for mass communication
- List of Nigerian universities that offer mass communication
- Editor / Editorial Assistant (print, online media companies)
- English Language teacher
- Lecturer (additional qualifications may be required)
- Journalist, newscaster/reporter (print, online, radio, TV media)
- Writer / Author / blogger, etc.
As you can see, the career options for English Language graduates are so many, which makes it an interesting field of study.
Economics is largely considered a Social Sciences course; however, due to the way Nigerian secondary schools are set up, it is a course for secondary school students currently in art class.
With a BSc or BA in Economics, you can become economic analyst, operations analyst, research analyst, data analyst, econometrician/statistician, equity analyst, data scientist, financial analyst, policy analyst etc.
Literature in English
Literature in English is definitely one of the best art courses offered in Nigerian universities. A fact to back this up is the exploit Nigerian literalists like Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe have made within Africa and beyond.
Generally, jobs related to Media and publishing are a good fit for English Literature graduates. In addition, people who graduate from this interesting course can pursue a career in authorship. In other words, they can earn a living from authoring interesting books.
Many would argue that Law is by far the best art course offered in Nigerian universities. It is also one of the most demanding courses in Nigeria.
Notwithstanding, thousands of Nigerians apply every year for an opportunity to study law.
As the case may be, job opportunities for lawyers are in abundance. I guess this explains why the course gets a large number of applicants every year.
- JAMB and WAEC subject combination for law
- List of Nigerian universities that offer law and other legal courses
Criminology and Security Studies
With a degree in Criminology and Security Studies, one can easily kickstart a career with the Nigeria Police, Civil Defense, DSSS, etc., which makes the course a good option for art students in Nigeria.
Theatre arts is without a doubt a department suitable for all fun-loving individuals. Aside from the fun aspect of the course, the job opportunities for theatre arts graduates are indeed numerous.
After graduating with a theatre arts degree, you can pursue a career in acting, scriptwriting/directing, Broadcasting, Media presenting, etc. With all the aforementioned career option available to theatre arts graduates, it’s safe to say it’s one of the best art courses in Nigerian universities.
Music is without a doubt one of the best courses art students can study at any Nigerian university or polytechnic where it is offered.
Graduates of Music can pursue a career in Music Production, Songwriting, Music Therapy, Record Production, Radio/party DJ, Singing (Vocalist), etc.
Fine & Applied Art
After graduating from the Department of Fine & Applied Art, you can become a costume designer, fashion designer, interior decorator, painter, etc., depending on what you majored in.
Aside from the job opportunities related to this course, if you have a strong passion for art, then becoming a pro at it will definitely be a thing of profound beauty.
International Relations / Foreign Languages
International relations / Foreign languages are hugely underrated courses. Both courses are separate; however, since I was torn in between which one to choose, I decided to include both of them.
Studying International relations or foreign languages like mandarin (Chinese), Spanish, German, Russian and French can really open doors of employment for you at the embassies/consulates.
And the good thing is, there’s no much competition with respect to gaining admission and job openings for those courses.
Those are the 10 art courses we believe are the best in Nigerian universities. However, this doesn’t mean other courses aren’t good enough.
As we all know, Nigeria is a country where people excel in fields they didn’t study at the university. For instance, Wizkid and Davido didn’t study music in the university; however, they’ve been doing extremely well in the Nigerian music industry.
In other words, your ability to develop yourself personally will go a long way in ensuring you have a decent job or comfortable life in the future.