Questions about the courses
The AP Art and Design program (previously AP Studio Art) consists of three different AP courses: 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and Drawing. Students may choose to submit any or all of the AP Art and Design Portfolio Exams.
Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate inquiry through art and design and development of materials, processes, and ideas over the course of a year. Portfolios include works of art and design, process documentation, and written information about the work presented.
For more details, go to apstudents.org/artdesign.
The AP Art and Design courses focus on helping students develop 2-D design, 3-D design, or drawing portfolios. The courses emphasize practice, experimentation, and revision of one’s work as it develops, and thoughtful integration of materials, processes and ideas.
Each of the three courses is equivalent to a two-semester foundational college art course.
Although there is no prerequisite for AP Art and Design, prior experiences in art and design courses that address conceptual, technical, and critical thinking skills can support student success.
Schools can offer the courses as distinct classes, or they can offer classes during which different students work on different portfolio types.
The focus of the work. While there is a large area of possible overlap between the two portfolios, an AP 2-D Art and Design Portfolio Exam should focus on application of 2-D design elements and principles; an AP Drawing Portfolio Exam should focus on mark-making, line quality, and surface manipulation. Portfolios will be evaluated according to these criteria. For more information about the criteria for each of the portfolio types, please review the AP Art and Design Selected Works and Sustained Investigation Rubrics.
While students typically submit a portfolio for one of the three courses, it is possible to submit multiple portfolios in one year. Portfolios may include work done over a single year or longer, in class or out of class.
Questions about the AP Course Audit
The AP Course Audit is an authorization process that provides teachers and administrators with guidelines and requirements for offering AP courses. It also ensures that AP courses across high schools meet the same college-level criteria.
Yes. Every school wishing to offer an AP course must participate in the AP Course Audit.
The AP Course Audit requires the online submission of two documents: the AP Course Audit form and the teacher’s syllabus. The AP teacher and the school principal (or designated administrator) submit the Course Audit form, acknowledging the curricular and resource requirements. The syllabus, detailing how the AP course requirements will be met, is submitted by the AP teacher for review by college faculty.
Questions about the portfolios
The portfolios each have two sections: Sustained Investigation and Selected Works. Please review the table below for details.
|2-D Art and Design Portfolio|
|3-D Art and Design Portfolio|
These resources will help:
- Portfolio scoring information, as well as past years’ sample portfolios and scoring guidelines, are accessible from the AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing portfolio pages.
- The Chief Reader Report (former title: Student Performance Q&A) for AP Art and Design can also be accessed from the portfolio pages. Published annually, it describes how students performed on the portfolios, summarizes typical student errors, and addresses specific concepts that challenged students the most that year.
- The AP Art and Design Exhibit is a selection of exemplary artwork created by students who submitted portfolios for the most recent AP Art and Design Portfolio Exam.
Go to the exam calendar for the most current submission dates.
Your students will be creating work and saving image files as soon as school begins. You, your students, and your AP coordinator will all be involved in the digital submission process.
The AP Art and Design digital submission web application opens to students, teachers, and coordinators in November.
No. Students and teachers can access the application before your coordinator places your school’s exam order. However, students’ AP Art and Design Portfolio Exams will not appear on the AP Art and Design digital submission web application until they have been ordered by your AP coordinator. If you don’t see a student’s portfolio on the web application, and you think it should be there, contact your AP coordinator to make sure the exam was ordered.
Visit the AP Art and Design Submission page for technical information.
A student is able to switch to a different type of Art and Design Portfolio Exam until the second-semester/spring course ordering deadline in March. To do so, they will need to be enrolled in two class sections in AP Registration and Ordering: the one they were originally enrolled in and the one for the exam they would like to switch to. Contact your AP coordinator for more information about switching a student’s portfolio exam type.
No. They can view the portfolios but cannot change them.
Yes, students can submit any portfolio, regardless of their teachers’ AP Course Audit authorization.
When students’ digital portfolio images are accessed to be scored, they appear the same as they do within the digital submission web application. Thumbnail and full-size images are viewable. You can also visit the AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing portfolio pages to see actual portfolio images with these specifications.
That depends on the college. Tell your students to use the AP Credit Policy Search to verify the credit/placement policies at the colleges they are considering.