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All schools that want to label a course “AP” must get authorization by going through the AP Course Audit. This means submitting two things:

  • A subject-specific AP Course Audit Form
  • A course syllabus

Teachers have the option to create their own syllabus or adopt one of the sample syllabi provided. A teacher-created syllabus is checked by our reviewers to ensure that the course fulfills the AP Program’s course-specific curricular and resource requirements.

We offer plenty of resources, below, to help teachers understand course requirements and create a syllabus that fulfills these.

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Designing Your AP Studio Art: Drawing Course

The AP Studio Art: Drawing course should be designed by your school to provide students with a learning experience equivalent to that of an introductory college course in studio art foundation. Students submit a drawing portfolio showing different skills mastered and concepts addressed in college-level foundation courses.

There are no specific curricular prerequisites for students taking AP Studio Art: Drawing, although it is recommended that students have prior training in art.

Getting to Know the Course and Exam

The key document for each AP course is the course and exam description. Start by reviewing it to understand the objectives and expectations of the AP course and exam.

  • AP Studio Art Course Description (.pdf/1.81MB) - Describes in detail the AP Studio Art course and the three different portfolios (2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing). Includes the curriculum framework and a representative sample of exam questions.

Creating Your Syllabus

Use these resources to design your syllabus.


Download this document for more help creating your syllabus.

  • Syllabus Development Guide—AP Studio Art: Drawing (.pdf/980KB) - Includes the guidelines reviewers use to evaluate syllabi along with three samples of evidence for each requirement. This guide also specifies the level of detail required in the syllabus to receive course authorization.

These five annotated sample AP Studio Art: Drawing syllabi show how the curricular requirements can be demonstrated in a syllabus and what level of detail you’ll need to include.

Your course must fulfill these requirements, and your syllabus should make it clear how the requirements will be addressed.

AP Studio Art: Drawing curricular requirements:

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP Studio Art Course Description (.pdf/1.8MB).
  • The course promotes a sustained investigation of all three aspects of portfolio development—quality, concentration, and breadth—as outlined in the course description or AP Studio Art poster throughout the duration of the course. (Note: The body of work submitted for the portfolio can include art created prior to and outside of the AP Studio Art course.)
  • The course enables students to develop mastery (i.e., “quality”) in concept, composition, and execution of drawing.
  • The course enables students to develop a body of work investigating a strong underlying visual idea in drawing that grows out of a coherent plan of action or investigation (i.e., a “concentration”).
  • The course teaches students a variety of concepts and approaches in drawing so that the student is able to demonstrate a range of abilities and versatility with technique, problem-solving, and ideation (i.e., “breadth”). Such conceptual variety can be demonstrated through either the use of one or the use of several media.
  • The course emphasizes making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making.
  • The course includes group and individual student critiques and instructional conversations with the teacher, enabling students to learn to analyze and discuss their own artworks and those of their peers.
  • The course teaches students to understand artistic integrity as well as what constitutes plagiarism. If students produce work that makes use of photographs, published images, and/or other artists’ works, the course teaches students how to develop their own work so that it moves beyond duplication.

AP Studio Art: Drawing resource requirements:

  • The school ensures that each student has access to art materials and resources necessary to meet the standards for the portfolio he or she chooses to submit.
  • The school ensures that each AP Studio Art classroom has at least some of the following types of instructional materials that support the formulation of a creative problem and its comprehensive investigation: art books, periodicals, slides, reproductions, and digital images.
  • The school ensures that each student and teacher has access to a digital camera and a computer equipped with image editing software and an internet connection. This equipment is required for submitting digital portfolios through the AP Studio Art Digital Submission Web Application. Learn about the technical requirements for using the AP Studio Art Digital Submission Web Application.

The AP Studio Art courses do not have lists of example textbooks because the use of textbooks is not required in AP Studio Art to meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements.

Before you submit your syllabus, use this checklist to make sure it has all the elements required.