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Important Updates

AP Studio Art Updates for 2019-20
Learn about upcoming updates to AP Studio Art that will better align it with current expectations for college art and design foundation courses.

2018-19 AP Studio Art Exhibit
Check out the 2018-19 AP Studio Art Exhibit, which features exemplary student work, as well as student and teacher statements about their work.

  • Event
    • May 10, 2019

    2019 AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio Due

    • 8 p.m.

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.

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 Drawing student page for exam information and exam practice.

Portfolio Format

Section I

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

  • Includes works that exhibit the synthesis of 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 | 33.3% of portfolio score

  • Create a body of works that demonstrates sustained investigation of a specific visual idea
  • Must not include images of the work included in the Range of Approaches section.

Section III

Range of Approaches (Breadth) — 12 digital images | 33.3% of portfolio score

  • Demonstrates understanding of drawing issues through a variety of works.
  • 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

The 2017-18 resources feature a complete portfolio as well as sample portfolio exam 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). 

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.


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 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, and 2012-13.