In May, students submit their 3-D portfolios. These works should demonstrate artistic growth and development. For more in-depth information on course content and skills, download the AP Art and Design Course and Exam Description (CED).
Encourage your students to visit the AP 3-D Art and Design student page for portfolio information and portfolio samples.
AP Art and Design Digital Portfolio Submission Deadline
The AP Art and Design portfolios each consist of two sections: Sustained Investigation and Selected Works.
Sustained Investigation—Section 1
15 digital images; some may be details or process images | 60% of portfolio score
Students will submit images and writing to document their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision:
- 15 digital images that include works of art and design and process documentation.
- Typed responses to prompts, providing information about the questions that guided their investigation and how they practiced, experimented, and revised, guided by their questions.
Selected Works—Section 2
5 works | 40% of portfolio score
Students submit digital images of their work and commentary online to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas:
- 5 works with commentary identifying the materials, processes, and ideas used.
- Works may come from the Sustained Investigation section, but they do not have to.
AP 3-D Art and Design Portfolio Samples and Scoring Information
The table below contains student samples selected from portfolios submitted for the 2021 exam. Each sample includes scoring commentary that explains the rubric application and scoring logic. The complete portfolio is also available for your review.
Student Samples and Scoring Commentaries from the 2021 Portfolio Exam
Scoring and Score Distributions
Sustained Investigation - Row A
Sustained Investigation - Row B
Sustained Investigation - Row C
Sustained Investigation - Row D
Past Sample Portfolios and Scoring Information
AP Art and Design Exhibits
Each exhibit showcases outstanding artwork created by students who submitted portfolios for the AP Art and Design Exams.