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 AP 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 form, technique, and content in drawing
  • Works may come from the Sustained Investigation 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 Investigation - 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 drawing issues through a variety of works
  • You may not submit images of the same work that you submit for Sustained Investigation.

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.