AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; instead, you will submit a portfolio for evaluation at the end of the school year.

The three Studio Art portfolios (2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing) share a basic, three-section structure, which requires you to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns (and methods). Each section contributes equally to the final grade.

Any subject, content, style, media, and technique are acceptable.

Section I: Selected Works - 5 actual works; 33% of exam score

  • Choose works that best exhibit your synthesis of 2-D form, technique, and content
  • Works may come from the Sustained Investigations and/or Range of Approaches sections, but they do not have to. They may be a group of related works, unrelated works, or a combination of related and unrelated works.

Section II: Sustained Investigations - 12 digital images; 33% of exam score

  • Create a body of works that demonstrates sustained investigation of a specific visual idea.
  • You may not submit images of the same work that you submit for Range of Approaches.

Section III: Range of Approaches - 12 digital images; 33% of exam score

  • Demonstrate understanding of 2-D design issues through a variety of works
  • You may not submit images of the same work that you submit for Sustained Investigation.

The works submitted for evaluation may have been produced in art classes or on your own time and may cover a period of time longer than a single school year.

Any work that makes use of (appropriates) photographs, published images and/or other artists' work must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This is demonstrated through manipulation of the formal qualities, design, and/or concept of the source. Your personal, unique artistic vision should be clearly evident.