Oloidi, Ola

BFA, MA (Howard), Ph.D. (Nig.)                                         Art History/ Art Education


Oyeoku, O.K.

BA (Nig.), PGDE (Jos), MA (ABU), Ph.D. (Nig.)                Ceramics/ Art Education




Ikwuemesi, C.K.

BA, MFA, Ph.D. (Nig.)                                                          Painting/Art History


Senior Lecturers


Diogu, G.O.

B.A., MFA, Ph.D. (Nig.)                                                        Textiles /Art History


Uka, G.O.

B.A., M.A. (Zaria), Ph.D. (Nig.)                                            Visual Comm. / Art History


Ali, V.E.

B.A., MFA, Ph.D. (Nig.)                                                        Ceramics


Onuora, C.

B.A., MFA, Ph.D. (Nig.)                                                        Sculpture / Art History



Onuzulike, O.

B.A., MFA, Ph.D. (Nig.)                                                        Ceramics / Art History


Okpara, C.V.

B.A., MFA, Ph.D. (Nig.)                                                        Painting / Art Education


Obodo, E.C.

B.A., MFA, Ph.D. (Nig.)                                                        Sculpture/ Art Education





The PhD programme in Art Administration and Management is designed to prepare students for a management career in art and creative industries, including visual arts and cultural policy development in government or industry as well as important bodies and institutions. Art is not only embodied in object that may claim autonomous value in and outside defined social contexts. It is one of the driving forces of culture and its derivable enterprises which have the capacity for wealth creation and social development, through the agencies of art-cultural institutions, festivals and businesses. The programme, therefore, engages issues and techniques in art, cultural capital and cultural entrepreneurship and how art contributes to a viable creative economy in local and international contexts.



Students who complete the programme should:

  • develop an appreciation and overview of the art within Nigerian culture;
  • understand, access and contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of art policy within Nigeria and internationally;
  • understand the role of marketing in positioning art organizations to attract audiences and funding from a diversity of sources including government and the private sector, and attracting opportunities for international exchange;
  • understand the demands for managing small and large art/cultural projects, developing tenders, or managing small business enterprises;
  • understand laws, regulations and protocols (including cultural property rights) within various art forms;
  • demonstrate an understanding of financial management, budgeting, costing and planning;
  • demonstrate a high level of leadership potential and ability to function ethically, imaginatively and resourcefully within the arts and cultural industries in ways that will advance and promote art and cultural production within Nigeria and the world.
  1. SCOPE

The programme focuses on the relationship between management practices and creative production and presentation in a Nigerian and international context. It embodies subjects in the key areas of art management, law, cultural and industry policy and marketing together with challenging analytical content that assists graduates to participate in the ethical, political and philosophical dimensions of creative practices in national and international contexts. Besides the core courses, students can choose electives which enable them to develop a closer understanding of specific industry sectors in visual art, heritage and creative industries.



To qualify for the PhD in Art Administration and Management, students must have the MA in the same field.


The Ph.D. programme will be done by comprehensive research to be embodied in a thesis.



Full-Time:      2 Calendar years minimum; 5 Calendar years maximum.

Part-Time:      3 Calendar years minimum; 6 Calendar years maximum.


Apart from the potential for self-employment, students who successfully complete the programmes may be employed in the following establishments, among others:

  1. National Commission for Museums and Monuments.
  2. National Gallery of Art.
  3. National Arts Council.
  4. Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education, Art Academics, Secondary Schools and Primary Schools.
  5. Federal/State Ministries.
  6. Local Government Authorities.
  7. Foreign Embassies.
  8. Television Houses.
  9. Auction houses
  10. Urban planning authorities, etc.



Art Administration and Management as a course is an area of specialization in itself.


Theory and Methods

Management Studies

Policy Studies

Finance and Project Management









First Semester

Course Code  Course Title                                                                                       Unit Load

PGC 701        Grants and Synopsis Writing                                                                           3

FAM 691        Doctoral Seminar I                                                                                         3

FAM 631        Advanced Art Policy                                                                                    2

FAM 611        Culture, Memory and Desire                                                                      2

FAM 693        Cultural Festivals and Special Events                                                         2

FAM 635        Cultural Policy and Power                                                                             2

FAM 615        Art Platforms and Festivals (Biennales, Triennales & Documentas)    2

FAM 616        Interpreting Exhibitions                                                                                 2

Total                                                                                                                     18

Second Semester

FAM 692        Doctoral Seminar II                                                                                       3

FAM 694        Ph.D Thesis                                                                                                       12

                                         Total                                                                                                   15



FAM 691: Doctoral Seminar  I


Each student is expected to present a minimum of one seminar per semester. Seminars are to address a wide range of issues emanating from the student’s research and relating to issues in art practice in his/her environment and elsewhere.

FAM 631: Advanced Arts Policy

This subject undertakes an in-depth study of the interplay between art and politics. It considers how ethics, political models and public discourse inform art and cultural policy. The focus is on locating art and cultural policy in the political sphere and on understanding the ideas and thinking behind contemporary art policy.


FAM 611: Culture, Memory and Desire

The aim of this course is to explore a theoretical history of remembrance in contemporary culture. It begins by considering the massive transformations in cultural memory brought about by colonialism, postcolonialsim, and modernity. Against this background, it will consider the trajectories of cultural memory from colonial through postcolonial and contemporary culture. Students will be expected to read and explore how the past have mediated the future through the present, and how culture, politics and economics complement one another in the mill of history.


FAM 693: Cultural Festivals and Special Events

Cultural festivals, carnivals and special events are a prominent feature of art and cultural activities at the local, national and international level. Through a series of international and local case studies students will examine the cultural, economic and artistic origins of and rationales for these events. The role of programming, artistic direction and audiences will be explored in order to appreciate the diverse range of interests that are served by such events and the social and political contexts within which they take place and are perpetuated.


FAM 635: Cultural Policy and Power

This subject introduces students to cultural policy studies as a distinct domain of cultural studies. It examines the stakes involved in defining and operating within cultural policy studies by working through the characterisations of creative industries, cultural practices, cultural politics and power. Students will analyse specific instances of cultural policy and creative industry developments in Nigeria and Africa and elsewhere, produce specific studies of the political dimensions of cultural practices in order to re-think perceived notions of identity, ideology and representation, and thus comprehend the range and consequences of scholarly involvement in cultural policy studies. Students completing the subject will appreciate the relationship between critical analysis and policy orientation in cultural studies and be familiar with specific instances of cultural policy, creative industry and cultural citizenship development at local, state, national and international levels.


FAM 615: Art Platforms and Festivals (Biennales, Triennales and Documentas)

This subject examines the exhibition of contemporary art in international survey exhibitions since the 1960s, delineating the methods that curators and directors have employed in response to the needs of art museums, bureaucracies, artists and publics across a range of geographic settings, including Africa. The course considers these exhibitions’ impact on contemporary art, as well as the roles of sponsorship, philanthropy, and exhibition directors. Students are to interrogate major theoretical and curatorial debates on international survey exhibitions, and be able to relate these to the situation in Africa in order to gain some knowledge of the changing nature of the installation and display of contemporary art in wide contexts.


FAM 616: Interpreting Exhibitions

This course examines the various strategies employed by museums and galleries to frame the objects and ideas in their care and in order to communicate meanings to the public. It will consider how these display strategies have changed over time and analyse current exhibition and display settings, from contemporary art spaces to alternative platforms. What is the best way – if any – to frame a particular exhibition? What sorts of communications messages should curators and exhibition designers seek to convey to museum and gallery visitors? How effectively do galleries and museums communicate their ideas? What role does the public have in engaging with the objects and ideas in museum and gallery display settings? These and other questions will be asked in order to critically interrogate the idea of the exhibition as a meeting point between the institution and the public and as a site of a charged dialogue of meaning between all the players in the exhibition circuit: from the institution, to the objects and/or ideas in the institution, and on to the public who comes to engage with them. On completion of the course, students should be able to apply a range of critical, theoretical, art historical and museological approaches to the study of exhibitions and displays in historical and contemporary settings.


FAM 692        Doctoral Seminar II                                                                            3

Each student is expected to present a minimum of one seminar per semester. Seminars are to address a wide range of issues emanating from the student’s research and relating to issues in art practice in his/her environment and elsewhere.

FAM 694: Thesis

This consists in an original research on an approved research topic selected. The research project will be in the field of art and cultural management as applied to a single art form or multi-form projects such as festivals, multimedia projects or international exchange in the art. It may be conceived as a full independent theoretical work or it may be based on events, projects, institutions, festivals organised by the student or others.