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Important Updates

AP Daily Videos and AP Classroom
Teachers and students can access short, on-demand AP Daily video lessons in AP Classroom. These videos cover every skill outlined in the CED, which you’ll see on your AP Classroom Course Resources page. Videos can be assigned as homework to encourage students to watch on their own, so you can use class time to focus discussions where students need more help, whether teaching online, in person, or both.

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Portfolio Overview

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.

Portfolio Deadline

  • Event
    • FRI, MAY 6, 2022, 8 PM EDT

    AP 3-D Art and Design Deadline for AP Coordinators to Submit Portfolios

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Portfolio Format

The AP Art and Design portfolios each consist of two sections: Sustained Investigation and Selected Works.

Sustained InvestigationSection 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:

  • A minimum of 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 WorksSection 2
10 digital images | 40% of portfolio score
Students will submit works of art and design and writing to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas:

  • Digital images of 5 works (2 views of each, for a total of 10 images) with written responses identifying the materials, processes, and ideas used.
  • Works may come from the Sustained Investigation section, but they do not have to.

Scoring Information

The portfolio sample packets below are aligned with the current course and portfolio exam.  The sample student art and writing collected here represent a range of media and processes, as well as a range of scores. Each sample is accompanied by detailed scoring commentary walking you through the scoring process and explaining how the rubrics were applied.

AP 3-D Art and Design Portfolio Samples and Scoring Information

Portfolio Samples and Scoring Commentaries from the 2021 AP Exam Administration

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
Sample Portfolios
Selected Works Sustained Investigation

Scoring Guidelines – Selected Works

Sample 1 – Score of 3

Sample 2 – Score of 4

Sample 3 – Score of 5

Scoring Guidelines – Sustained Investigation

Sustained Investigation - Row A

Sample Portfolio – Score of 2

Sample Portfolio – Score of 3

Sustained Investigation - Row B

Sample Portfolio – Score of 2

Sample Portfolio – Score of 3

Sustained Investigation - Row C

Sample Portfolio – Score of 2

Sample Portfolio – Score of 3

Sustained Investigation - Row D

Sample Portfolio – Score of 2

Sample Portfolio – Score of 3