This article provides a list of all the art subjects in Nigerian secondary schools.
If you’re about to enter Senior Secondary School 1 (SSS 1), then you are definitely interested in knowing the subjects you need to offer.
Thousands, if not millions, of young Nigerian students, choose Art as their field of study, so it is highly important to know the subjects they must offer.
Oxford dictionary defines art as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
There’s no doubt, whatsoever, art plays an important role in our society. Therefore, great care must be given to students in the field.
Some art subjects are extremely important, and every secondary school must provide teachers for them. You can, however, do without some of them.
In any case, I firmly believe secondary schools must provide teachers for almost all art subjects. With that, the students would have abundant options to choose from.
List of art subjects in Nigerian Secondary Schools:
Below are all the art subjects students can offer in Nigerian secondary schools:
- English Language
- Civic Education
- Literature in English
- CRS / IRS
- Nigerian Languages (Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa).
- Islamic Studies
- Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK)
- Dyeing & Bleaching
- Painting & Decorating
- Visual Art
- Catering Craft Practice
- Clothing & Texture
- Food & Nutrition
- Garment Making
- Home Management
Note: Not all the secondary schools in Nigeria can afford to provide teachers for all the subjects listed above; however, among the list, you’ll find subjects that are compulsory and, therefore, must be catered for by all means.
Keep reading to find out the compulsory ones from the list…
More on some of the art subjects in Nigerian secondary schools
The English language is one of the general subjects in Nigerian secondary schools. It is compulsory in both WAEC and JAMB irrespective of the course you wish to study.
Every Secondary school must provide adequate and capable teachers for this subject since it cannot be done away with.
Mathematics is the study of topics such as quantity, structure, space, and change. Britannica defines Mathematics as the science of structure, order, and relation that has evolved from counting, measuring, and describing the shapes of objects.
It is also a general subject in all secondary schools in Nigeria, whether you’re an Art, Science, or Commercial student. Furthermore, WAEC makes both Mathematics and English Studies compulsory subjects. That is, all candidates must register and sit for the exam.
Although it is not compulsory to register for JAMB (depending on your course of interest), all candidates must pass it with a minimum credit score to be able to gain admission into any of the universities in Nigeria.
Civic Education is also a general subject in Nigerian schools, whether you’re an art student or not. Recently, a new law was enacted which compels all SSCE candidates to register for it.
Therefore, you must register for it and offer it in your school. If you attend a school that doesn’t provide a teacher for Civic education, then you must find a way to lodge a complaint to the management.
Literature in English
English Literature, or Literature in English as some prefer to call it, is one of the core subjects for Nigerian students in Art class.
Although some art courses do not demand credit grades for it in your SSCE, it is advisable to offer it and register for it.
Government is also one of the core subjects for Art students in Nigerian secondary schools.
In some schools, though, students have the option to offer either Government or History. That is, they are not allowed to offer both at the same time.
History, as the name implies, involves the study of historical events for our nation and beyond.
As we’ve earlier noted, some schools give students the option to choose either History or Government and not both.
However, many secondary schools in Nigeria struggle to provide a teacher for History and, as a result, many students aren’t able to offer it in SSS.
Aside from being one of the subjects for art students in Nigerian secondary schools, History is also one of the courses you can apply for at many Nigerian universities.
If your aim is to study History in the future, then it’s advisable to offer it and register for it as one of your subjects in SSCE. With that, you’ll have preliminary knowledge about it.
Economics is not really an Art subject but, rather, a Social Science subject.; however, it is one of the elective Art subjects in Nigerian secondary schools.
CRS / IRS
CRS stands for Christian Religious Studies, while IRS stands for Islamic Religious Studies. They are both optional subjects for students in Nigerian secondary schools irrespective of their classes.
Music is also an optional subject; however, we advise you to add it to your subject workload if you plan to pursue Music as a career in any of the Nigerian universities/polytechnics.
French isn’t really a compulsory art subject; however, it is on offer at many Nigerian secondary schools. If you plan to pursue a career in French and International Studies, we strongly advise you to offer it in your SSS. Through that, you’ll get basic knowledge that will turn out useful in the future.
Up to Senior Secondary School, Art students can decide to offer any of the Nigerian languages as a subject; however, it is only possible to do that if your school provides a teacher for it.
Offering photography as a subject gives you the opportunity to develop a skill along with your grades. Sadly, not too many schools make provisions for photography teachers. But if you’re fortunate enough to have a teacher for photography, and you’re interested in pursuing a career in it, then we strongly advise you to offer it.