AP STUDIO ART: 2-D DESIGNThe Portfolio

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  • Event
    • Fri, May 11, 2018

    2018 AP Studio Art 2-D: Design Portfolio Due

    • 8 p.m.

Portfolio Overview

In early May, students submit actual works of art and digital images of works for their 2-D Design portfolios. These works should demonstrate artistic growth and development.

All portfolios are assessed by at least seven highly experienced studio art educators (AP Studio Art teachers or higher education faculty) who apply standardized scoring criteria.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Studio Art 2-D Design student page for exam information and exam practice.

Portfolio Format

Section I

Selected Works (Quality) — 5 actual works | 33.3% of portfolio score

  • Works demonstrating understanding of two-dimensional design in concept, composition, and execution.
  • Includes works that exhibit the synthesis of 2-D form, technique, and content.
  • Works may come from the Sustained Investigation or Range of Approaches sections, but they do not have to.

Section II

Sustained Investigation (Concentration) — 12 digital images; some may be details or process images | 33.3% of portfolio score

  • Works describing an in-depth exploration of a particular 2-D design concern.
  • Must not include images of the work included in the Range of Approaches section.

Section III

Range of Approaches (Breadth) — 12 digital images; 1 image each of 12 different works | 33.3% of portfolio score

  • A variety of works demonstrating understanding of 2-D design issues.
  • Must not include images of the work included in the Sustained Investigation section.

The works submitted for evaluation may have been produced in art classes or on students' own time and may cover a period of time longer than a single school year.

Any work that makes use of photographs, published images, or other artists' work must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This is demonstrated through manipulation of the formal qualities, design, or concept of the source. Students' personal, unique artistic vision should be clearly evident.

Sample Portfolios and Scoring Information

For portfolio samples from prior portfolio assessments, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

Be sure to review the Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.

 
2016: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines (.pdf/4.5MB)

Student Performance Q&A (.pdf/64.6KB)

Scoring Statistics (.pdf/60.5KB)

Score Distributions (.pdf/63.8KB)

2015: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines (.pdf/279KB)

Student Performance Q&A (.pdf.87.3KB)

Scoring Statistics (.pdf/58.3KB)

Score Distributions (.pdf/61.4KB)

2014: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines (.pdf/232KB)

Student Performance Q&A (.pdf/86.2KB)

Scoring Statistics (.pdf/58KB)

Score Distributions (.pdf/61.2KB)

2013: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines (.pdf/196KB)

Student Performance Q&A (.pdf/63KB)

Scoring Statistics (.pdf/54.3KB)

Score Distributions (.pdf/71.9KB)

2012: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines (.pdf/180KB)

Student Performance Q&A (.pdf/61.8KB)

Scoring Statistics (.pdf/65.3KB)

Score Distributions (.pdf/39.3KB)

Portfolio Resources

AP Studio Art Exhibits

A selection of exemplary artwork created by students who submitted portfolios for the most recent AP Studio Art Exam. See AP Studio Art Exhibits for 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, and 2012-13.