Frequently Asked Questions About AP Art and Design

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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 the course home pages for AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing.

These resources will help:

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.

For more details go the course home pages for AP 2-D Art and Design , AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing.

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.

The AP Teacher Community might be the best source for answers. You’ll also find articles, tools, and resources to help you teach every aspect of the course on the course home pages for 2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art and Design, and Drawing.

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. To give you more time to familiarize yourself with the new resources and supports launching in August, AP Art and Design teachers won’t be required to submit a syllabus for course authorization until the 2020-21 school year. Go to the AP Course Audit pages for AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing for more information about the requirements for the 2019-20 school year.

The AP Course Audit pages for AP 2-D Art and Design , AP 3-D Art and Design, and AP Drawing will give you the tools you’ll need to create and submit your syllabus for authorization, including information and guidelines.

Go to AP Course Audit for more FAQs, resources, and info about the whole course audit process.

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

SUSTAINED INVESTIGATION

15 digital images and responses to prompts; some may be details or process images | 60% of portfolio score

Students will submit images and writing to document their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision:

  • A minimum of 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.

 

 

 

SELECTED WORKS

5 physical works | 40% of portfolio score

Students will submit works of art and design and writing to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas:

  • 5 physical works or high-quality printed reproductions of physical works and responses to prompts (digital images will also be submitted as a backup in the AP Art and Design digital submission web application). Also, AP 2-D Art and Design and AP Drawing students will need to print their Selected Works responses from the AP Art and Design digital submission web application and include the print out when they pack their physical portfolio.

 

 

 

 

3-D Art and Design Portfolio

SUSTAINED INVESTIGATION
 

15 digital images and responses to prompts; some may be details or process images | 60% of portfolio score

Students will submit images and writing to document their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision:

  • A minimum of 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.

 

SELECTED WORKS
 

10 digital images of 5 works (2 views each) | 40% of portfolio score

Students will submit works of art and design and writing to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas:

  • Digital images of 5 works (2 views of each) with responses to prompts.

 

 

Drawing Portfolio

SUSTAINED INVESTIGATION
 

15 digital images and responses to prompts; some may be details or process images | 60% of portfolio score

Students will submit images and writing to document their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision:

  • A minimum of 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.

SELECTED WORKS
 

5 physical works | 40% of portfolio score

Students will submit works of art and design and writing to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas:

  • 5 physical works or high-quality reproductions of physical works and responses to prompts (digital images will also be submitted as a backup in the AP Art and Design digital submission web application). Also, AP 2-D Art and Design and AP Drawing students will need to print their Selected Works responses from the AP Art and Design digital submission web application and include the print out when they pack their physical 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.

The portfolios are due each year in early May. 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. In addition, if your students submit an AP 2-D Art and Design or AP Drawing Portfolio Exam, the AP coordinator will also mail in actual artworks.

Starting in the 2019-20 school year, the AP Art and Design digital submission web application opens to students, teachers, and coordinators in November. This earlier availability will allow AP Art and Design teachers to have earlier access to the application’s resources and students to begin uploading work sooner. The deadline for AP coordinators to forward AP Art and Design digital portfolios to the AP Program remains in May.

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.

A student is able to switch to a different type of Art and Design Portfolio Exam until March 13, 2020, (11:59 p.m. ET) without incurring a late order or unused/canceled exam fee. 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.

Go to the AP 2-D Art and Design, AP 3-D Art and Design, or AP Drawing portfolio pages for answers. You’ll find specifics about the portfolio formats, and more.