The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolio exams—2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing—corresponding to the college foundation courses. Portfolios allow flexibility of coursework while guiding students to produce college-level quality, artistic investigation, and breadth of work. The Drawing portfolio addresses issues such as line quality, light and shade, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth, and mark-making. Students' portfolios demonstrate skills and ideas developed, refined, and applied throughout the course to produce visual compositions. Students may choose to submit any or all of the portfolios. Portfolios are evaluated based on standardized scoring descriptors aligned with skills and understanding developed in college foundation courses.
Essential Course Resources
AP Studio Art Course Overview
The two-page Course Overview provides a succinct description of the portfolios.
Frequently Asked QuestionsFind answers to common questions about the course, exam, and AP Course Audit.
AP Studio Art Portfolio Requirements 2017-2018
The AP Studio Art Brochure details portfolio requirements and should be given to each AP studio art student at the beginning of the school year.
College Board Store
Find AP Studio Art Drawing publications 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 evaluating 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 Studio Art.