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Important Updates

2019-20 AP Course Audit: What You’ll Need to Do

To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports launching in August, you won’t be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization until the 2020-21 school year.

If you’re teaching AP 3-D Art and Design in 2019-20, you’ll need to:

  • Submit an AP Course Audit Form
  • Download the AP Art and Design Course Framework
These steps will ensure that your course appears on the AP Course Ledger and that you have access to online score reports in July 2020.

AP Course Audit

All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization through the AP Course Audit.

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Designing Your AP Art and Design Course

Overview

The AP Art and Design course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in studio art foundation. Students have the option of submitting one of three different portfolios – drawing, 2-D art and design, or 3-D art and design – each based upon different skills mastered and concepts addressed in college-level foundation courses.

There are no specific curricular prerequisites for students taking AP Art and Design, although it is recommended that students have prior training in art.

Getting to Know the Course and Exam

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the AP course and exam.

AP Art and Design Course and Exam Description (.pdf/3.7MB)

This is the core document for this course and is new for the 2019-20 school year. The new CED more clearly outlines how material will be assessed in the portfolio, includes instructional strategies and sequencing and pacing guides, and gives information on the AP Program in general.

Creating Your Syllabus

Use these resources to design your AP 3-D Art and Design syllabus.

 
AP 3-D Art and Design curricular requirements:
  • The teacher and students use a variety of art and design resources which can include books, periodicals, reproductions, and online media.
  • The teacher and students have access to a digital camera and a computer equipped with image editing software and an internet connection as well as a digital projector and screen for viewing and discussing works of art and design.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to practice and develop the skills in following skill categories:
    • Skill Category 1: Inquiry and Investigation
    • Skill Category 2: Making through Practice, Experimentation, and Investigation
    • Skill Category 3: Communication and Reflection
  • The course provides opportunities for students to engage in specific learning activities to develop and integrate thinking, making, and writing skills.
  • The course teaches students to understand integrity in art and design as well as what constitutes plagiarism. If students produce work that makes use of others’ work, the course teaches students how to develop their own work so that it moves beyond duplication of the referenced work(s).
AP 3-D Art and Design resource requirements:
  • The school ensures that each student has access to art and design materials and resources necessary to meet the requirements for the portfolio the student chooses to submit.
  • The school ensures that each AP 3-D Art and Design classroom has at least some of the following types of instructional materials that support the formulation of a creative problem and its comprehensive investigation: art and design books, periodicals, reproductions, and digital images.
  • The school ensures that each teacher has access to a digital projector and screen for viewing and discussing works of art and design with students.
  • The school ensures that each student and teacher has access to a digital camera and a computer equipped with image editing software and an internet connection. This equipment is required for submitting digital portfolios through the AP Art and Design Digital Submission web application.

The AP Art and Design courses do not have lists of example textbooks because the use of textbooks is not required in AP Art and Design to meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements.