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Important Updates

Take a Guided Tour of AP Art History
Check out this series of video overview modules for the AP Art History course and exam.

New Module: Writing about Art
This new online module offers strategies to help students transform their analysis and interpretation of art to writing.

Course Overview

The AP Art History course is equivalent to a two-semester college survey course exploring the nature of art, art making, and responses to art. By investigating specific course content of 250 works of art characterized by diverse artistic traditions from prehistory to the present, students develop in-depth, holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students become active participants in the global art world, engaging with its forms and content. They experience, research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, responses to, and interpretations of art.

Essential Course Resources

Course Planning and Pacing Guides

Course and Exam Redesign

The redesigned AP Art History course launched in fall 2015 in conjunction with administration of the redesigned exam in May 2016. Review the Overview of the Redesign, which was informed by Expert Input and a Higher Education Validation Study for Art History.

College Board Store

Find AP Art History publications, released exams, and resources in the College Board Store.


AP and Higher Education

Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.

This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.

Meet the current Development Committee for AP Art History.