Top 5 Universities where Nigerian Designers come from
University Education is necessary but not compulsory – especially for creatives. Among other advantages, schooling in the right environment triggers the discovery of creative abilities. Some universities in Nigeria has consciously or unconsciously created such environment and so have by that produced an endless stream of Ninjas who have since been blessing us with their design kungfu…lol.
To that end, we have compiled a list of top 5 Universities that falls into the category of universities described above.
This list is not limited to the designers who studied design-related courses (e.g. Fine Art) in the University, and it does not mean that designers from one university are better that those of another.
It rather seeks to depict the universities according to the quantity of good designers they produce and that are doing really well in various sectors of the economy and here they are:
#5 Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure.
It is particularly surprising to see a technologically-focused University such as FUTA, featuring on this list. Naturally, one would think that scientists and engineers should not be interested in the design Industry, but that is the reality we face. They are not only interested, they have stormed the industry and raised the design standard very high.
Located in the heart of Akure, the Ondo state capital, FUTA, a school that was established in the year 1981, has been supplying Nigeria with some of the finest designers at least since the dawn of the millennium. Looking at the creative ingenuity of the guys at FourthCanvas Creative Agency, you just have to agree with us on this.
#4 University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.
It’s difficult to tell exactly how this school, which was founded in 1962, established itself as a repository of creative talents for the Nation. But one would quickly reason that its location in the heart of Lagos Nigeria has a lot to do with that. Entertainment which is one of the sectors UNILAG Students and Graduates are renowned for, rides on the back of quality designs. This means that students who are not entertainers can easily be the brand consultants to those who are.
Another reason is the quality of design work seen every day all around them in Lagos by students of the School, which is more than enough to drive them to be world-class designers and not mediocre.
#3 Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
The king of all Universities (oba awon Universities) as the School is popularly called, is a first choice university amidst admission seekers in Nigeria.
Designer and digital illustrator, Nihinlola Ayooluwa Elisha, Tola Alabi LLC and many others will come to mind whenever OAU is mentioned in the design industry. These designers are respected by all in the Nigerian creative circle.
OAU, a school popular for Student Unionism and Academic excellence, was established in the year 1961 and is one of the hardest schools to be admitted into in Nigeria.
#2 Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso.
Maybe it’s the regular religious activities on campus which requires publicity by means of poster, handbills and digital banners. Maybe it’s the fact that the School is about 5 hours away from Lagos, which means little or no ‘distraction’ for students who have decided to pursue a career in design. Either way, LAUTECH is undeniably big in producing great designers.
James Abinibi, Matthias Aragbada, Oluyomi Ojo, are some of the names that comes to mind whenever any tries to dispute LAUTECH position on the list of Schools producing world-class designers. Also, when you look at how successful these guys have been, you will know LAUTECH earned it.
Established in the year 1990, it is the second youngest school on this list.
#1 Covenant University (CU), Ota.
The first and also the youngest University on the list. Established in the year 2002, the school has risen quickly to become one of the best Citadels of learning in Nigeria and Africa, producing quality man-power for various sectors of the economy. This University validates the school of thought that says quality education is not cheap.
We might have to do a separate article on how Covenant University has been able to produce quality designers and in large quantities as well.
Let us know if you think the list as an omission or needs and addition. Thank you.