AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios — 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing — corresponding to the most common college foundation courses.

The portfolios share a basic, three-section structure which requires students to show competence and range of understanding of visual concerns and methods. Each of the portfolios requires a depth of investigation and process of discovery through the Concentration section (Section II). In the Breadth section (Section III), students are asked to demonstrate serious grounding in visual principles and material techniques. The Quality section (Section I) is a selection of works that best exhibit synthesis of form, technique and content. The diagram below summarizes the section requirements for each of the three portfolios.

For specific, detailed information about requirements for each of the three AP Studio Art Portfolio Exams, please visit:

2-D Design
3-D Design
Drawing

Evaluation of AP Studio Art Portfolios

AP Studio Art Portfolios are evaluated using the AP Studio Art scoring guidelines.

Portfolios are evaluated by AP Studio Art teachers and teachers of first-year college studio art courses (known as Readers) who receive extensive training to develop a common understanding of the scoring guidelines and to apply the scoring guidelines with a high degree of consistency. Quality (Section I) is scored by three Readers; Concentration (Section II) and Breadth (Section III) are each scored by two Readers. If there is a wide divergence in the scores assigned by two Readers to the same section of a portfolio, the section is forwarded to two Reading leaders for review and resolution of the scores. Each portfolio section contributes one third of the overall portfolio score.

Sample AP Studio Art Portfolios

Please visit the AP Studio Art Sample Portfolios Site to view scored student portfolios.

You can also view portfolios from 2014 and before on the following pages:

2-D Design
3-D Design
Drawing