International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 9 Number 4

June 9, 2008

Art and Design Practices in Nigeria: The Problem of Dropping Out

Sunday Roberts Ogunduyile
Femi Kayode
Bankole Ojo

Federal University of Technology
Akure, Ondo State of Nigeria

Citation: Ogunduyile, S.R., Kayode, F., & Ojo, B. (2008). Art and design practices in Nigeria: The problem of dropping out. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 9(4). Retrieved [date] from
Despite interest in the arts, art and design practice in Nigeria continues to witness a downward trend. A new orientation and redirection of priorities, skills development, and patterns of practice that are not contradictory to the code of professional conduct and ethical procedures is contemplated. This paper groups the professionally trained artists and designers into two categories: the academic and the roadside artists. The various art and design schools are responsible for training of graduates in the various disciplines of Fine Art and Industrial Design such as in graphics, textiles and ceramics designs, interior decoration, printmaking, sculpture, painting, art history, and art education. It is expected that graduates in these options keep the professional banner flying and earn the profession very high societal repute through practice and ethics. It appears the reverse is presently the case, as most trained artists, designers, and craftsmen are jettisoning art practice for other jobs like banking, salesmanship, trading, general contractorship, or politics. Although factors impeding professional practices in Nigeria are intended to be highlighted, the paper also intends to promote the practice of Art and Design in Nigeria. Interactions between authors and dropout artists were analyzed in this paper. Craftsmen and industrial designers are encouraged to seek patronage in order to bring the profession to an enviable standard.

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