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We’re excited to share updates to AP Studio Art that will better align it with current expectations for college art and design foundation courses.

Starting in 2019-20:

  • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design, AP Studio Art: 3-D Design, and AP Studio Art: Drawing will become AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing.
  • The portfolios will now have two sections: Sustained Investigation and Selected Works.
  • Your students will submit fewer required works of art, giving them more time to focus on in-depth, inquiry-based art and design making.
  • A course and exam description (CED) with a detailed framework aligned with the updated portfolio scoring rubrics will give you and your students clear information about what they should know and be able to do.
  • The CED will be available in print later this year as a customizable binder. You can preorder a free copy now.
  • The 2019-20 AP Course Audit will open in May 2019, and you won’t need to update your syllabus. You’ll simply need to acknowledge the updates on your 2019-20 AP Course Audit form.
  • Starting in August, you’ll also need to complete a simple digital activation process to help your students register for their portfolios.

AP Studio Art Updates

Brief video overview of the updates to AP Studio Art in 2019-20.

Portfolio Updates

Beginning in 2019-20, the AP Art and Design portfolios will each consist of two sections:

  1. Sustained Investigation (60% of exam score)
    For all three portfolios, students will submit images and writing to document their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision:
    • 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.
  2. Selected Works (40% of exam score)
    For all three portfolios, students will submit works of art and design and writing to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas:
    • For AP 2-D Art and Design and AP Drawing: 5 physical works or high-quality reproductions of physical works with written responses on paper describing the materials, processes, and ideas used.
    • For AP 3-D Art and Design: Digital images of 5 works (2 views of each) with typed responses describing the materials, processes, and ideas used.

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.

These updates will better support inquiry-based learning, encouraging students to document their sustained investigation of materials, processes, and ideas through practice, experimentation, and revision. The updated portfolios will be open to diverse approaches to thinking and making, aligning with college, university, and contemporary disciplinary practices.

Clarity for Teachers and Students

Starting in 2019-20, a course and exam description (CED) will replace the current course description document. The CED will be available on AP Central in late May 2019.

  • The new CED includes the updated portfolio requirements and a detailed course framework.
  • To clarify what students need to know and do, the framework specifies big ideas, essential questions, enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge. The skills students need to demonstrate are clearly defined.
  • The new CED also includes information about the updated scoring rubrics for the Sustained Investigation and Selected Works sections of the 3 portfolios, fostering an accurate, shared understanding of how work will be evaluated. Scoring criteria are aligned with the defined course skills and learning objectives. 

The new resource will foster a clearer understanding of what students should know and be able to do to earn opportunities for college credit and placement.

Key Dates for AP Studio Art (AP Art and Design) Teachers

School Year 2018-19

  • You can access the new AP Art and Design CED on AP Central. 
  • The AP Course Audit opens for 2019-20, a few months later than usual.
    • To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new CED, you won’t need to submit a syllabus for AP Art and Design or any other subjects with course and exam updates in 2019-20.
    • As an AP Art and Design teacher, you will need to acknowledge the updates on your AP Course Audit form.*

Summer 2019

  • 2019 AP Summer Institutes begin. Updated AP Art and Design workshop materials will be available to provide context on the new CED. 
  • 2019 CED binders become available. You can preorder your free copy now using the 2019-20 AP Course and Exam Description Preorder Form.
  • August 1: The AP Classroom system becomes available.
    • Completing a simple digital activation process will give you immediate access to the system and ensure your students can register for the exams by the new fall deadlines.*
  • Mid-August: 1-day workshops begin.

2019-20 School Year

In the First Week of Class

  • Log in to the system to get join codes for each of your class sections (you may also receive them from your AP coordinator).*
  • Distribute join codes to your students and help them get into AP Classroom and enroll in your class section.*
  • By October: Work with your AP coordinator to ensure that all your AP students have joined the appropriate AP Classroom sections.*
  • November 15: Deadline for your AP coordinator to order 2020 AP Exams.
  • January 31, 2020: Deadline to submit your AP Art and Design Course Audit form and have it approved by your administrator for 2019-20 AP Course Audit authorization.*
  • Before March: If your course started after November 15, 2019, make sure that all your students have joined your AP Classroom section and are following your AP coordinator’s directions about registering for AP Exams.*
  • March 13, 2020: Deadline for your AP coordinator to place exam orders for students in courses that started after November 15, 2019.*

* = required action