beginning of content:

Important Updates

New AP Resources

Starting August 1, we're introducing a new portfolio registration platform for students. They’ll need to complete a simple, five-minute digital activation at the beginning of the school year in order to submit a portfolio exam.

Learn more about the new system

Portfolio Overview

In early May, students submit actual works of art and digital images of works for their Drawing 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.

Encourage your students to visit the AP 3-D Art and Design student page for portfolio information and portfolio samples.

  • Event
    • Fri, May 8, 2020

    AP 3-D Art and Design Portfolio Submission Deadline

    • 8 p.m.

Portfolio Format

Beginning in 2019-20, the AP Art and Design portfolios will each consist of two sections. With the elimination of the Range of Approaches (Breadth) section of the current portfolios, your students can focus on in-depth, inquiry-based art and design making; on skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas; and on articulating information about their work.

Portfolio Updates

2019 Portfolio

Starting with the 2020 Portfolio

Sustained Investigation (Concentration) – Section 2

12 digital images; some may be details or process images | 33.3% of portfolio score

Students will submit images to document their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision:

  • A minimum of 12 digital images that include works of art and design and process documentation.
  • Must not include images of the work included in the Range of Approaches section.

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:

  • 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 Works (Quality) – Section 1

10 digital images | 33.3% 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).
  • Works may come from the Sustained Investigation or Range of Approaches sections, but they do not have to.

Selected Works – Section 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 describing the materials, processes, and ideas used.
  • Works may come from the Sustained Investigation section, but they do not have to.

Range of Approaches (Breadth) – Section 3

16 digital images | 33.3% of portfolio score

  • Demonstrates understanding of 3-D design issues through a variety of works.
  • Must not include images of the work included in the Sustained Investigation section.

 

Sample Portfolios and Scoring Information

The 2017-18 resources feature a complete portfolio as well as sample portfolio sections. These sections show student work that scored 2–6 points on a 6-point scale. For more information about using these samples, see Using Sample Sections(.pdf/76KB)

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

Be sure to review the Chief Reader Report. In this invaluable resource, the chief reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the AP Reading leadership to explain 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.

Note: These resources were developed prior to the 2019-20 course and portfolio updates.
 

Coming Soon: Sample Portfolio Scoring Guidelines

Sample scoring guidelines to accompany the AP Art and Design Course and Exam Description will be posted later this summer.