AP Art History Course and Exam Description—Content Areas and Resources

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Within the identifying information for the Great Mosque of Córdoba in the previous version of the AP Art History Course and Exam Description (pages 63, 244), the word "begun" was inadvertently excluded from the date of creation. The identifying information should read as follows:


56. Great Mosque. Córdoba, Spain. Umayyad. Begun c. 785–786 C.E. Stone masonry.


This has been corrected in the AP Art History Course and Exam Description (.pdf/26.3MB) online, and in the Content Area 3 and appendix PDFs linked below.


Students who supply the previously published date of creation ("c. 785–786 C.E.") on the 2016 exam will not be penalized for an incorrect response in the multiple-choice section and will earn credit for the identifier in the free-response section.


For information on updates made to the course and exam description since its original publication, please refer to the copyright page of the online version.


The AP Art History Course and Exam Description contains the Curriculum Framework, developed by college and university faculty and master AP teachers nationwide, as well as an image set of the required 250 works of art and sample exam questions.

Download individual sections by clicking on their specific titles.

AP Art History Course and Exam Description Introductory Information (.pdf/742KB)
Introduces the AP program, how Courses and Exams are developed, and gives an overview of the AP Art History course.

Curriculum Framework Introductory Information (.pdf/97KB)
Introduces the structure of the Curriculum Framework.

AP Art History Curriculum Framework (.pdf/135KB)
Contains the Big Ideas, Essential Knowledge, and Learning Objectives of the AP Art History course, as well as includes a Glossary of terms used throughout the Framework.

AP Art History Course Curriculum Content Outline Introduction (.pdf/115KB)
Introduces the Content Areas and Image Set.

AP Art History Content Area 1—Global Prehistory 30,000–500 B.C.E. (.pdf/1.49MB)

AP Art History Content Area 2—Ancient Mediterranean 3500 B.C.E.–300 C.E. (.pdf/6.73MB)

AP Art History Content Area 3—Early Europe and Colonial Americas 200–1750 C.E. (.pdf/12.6MB)

AP Art History Content Area 4—Later Europe and Americas 1750–1980 (.pdf/8.68MB)

AP Art History Content Area 5—Indigenous Americas 1000 B.C.E.–1980 C.E. (.pdf/4.06MB)

AP Art History Content Area 6—Africa 1100–1980 B.C.E. (.pdf/3.32MB)

AP Art History Content Area 7—West and Central Asia 500 B.C.E.–1980 C.E. (.pdf/2MB)

AP Art History Content Area 8—South, East, and Southeast Asia 300 B.C.E.–1980 C.E. (.pdf/6.97MB)

AP Art History Content Area 9—The Pacific 700–1980 B.C.E. (.pdf/2.3MB)

AP Art History Content Area10—Global Contemporary 1980 C.E.–present (.pdf/3.88)

Teaching AP Art History (.pdf/444KB)
Includes an overview of the AP Art History course plus instructional strategies.

AP Art History Exam (.pdf/5.24MB)
Includes information about the AP Art History exam, as well as sample questions.

Appendixes (.pdf/273KB)
Contains a listing of the Required Works and a Title index, as well as the Process of Art Historical Analysis.