AP Art and Design Portfolio Policies

Follow these policies and guidelines as you build and submit your portfolio.

Sign In to the AP Digital Portfolio

For details about the portfolio requirements, see Sustained Investigation Overview and Selected Works Overview.

Artistic Integrity Agreement

When you submit your portfolio components as final through the AP Digital Portfolio, you must agree to the following Artistic Integrity Agreement:

The work you submit must entirely be your original creation and reflect your own unique vision. Any submission that makes use of pre-existing photographs, images, or works of any kind must:   

  1. Provide proper attribution and/or citation of all pre-existing material in the sustained investigation written prompt responses and the written evidence accompanying visual images.  
  2. Extend beyond mere duplication. Along with your developed images and works, you must provide and cite the pre-existing visual images to demonstrate your substantial, significant, and transformative development through materials, processes, and ideas.  

For the sake of clarity, the use of Artificial Intelligence tools is categorically prohibited at any stage of the creative process.  

It is unethical, constitutes plagiarism, and often violates copyright law simply to copy another work or image (even in another medium) and represent it as one’s own. If College Board determines in its sole discretion that you have violated any part of this plagiarism policy, such as by failing to properly attribute preexisting works, using Artificial Intelligence tools, or attempting to pass off another’s work as your own, College Board may decline to score your submission or cancel your score. 

Overlap Among Portfolio Types

There is possible overlap among the three portfolio types. For instance, a student whose work focuses on 3-D art and design could submit, in their AP 3-D Art and Design Portfolio Exam, drawings and/or 2-D compositions associated with their 3-D work. These could include concept drawings of a sculpture or the floor plan of an architectural structure, for example.

Remember: No work may be duplicated between portfolios.

In planning for and developing your body of portfolio work, you should select a particular focus of 2-D art and design, 3-D art and design, or drawing. As you work, you may make pieces that diverge in format from your selected portfolio type.

For the Sustained Investigation section, portfolio exams are more likely to be successful in terms of the assessment rubric if divergent forms (e.g., 2-D art and design submitted for an AP Drawing Portfolio Exam) are clearly related to the investigation of stated questions.

For the Selected Works section, portfolio exams are more likely to be successful if divergent forms demonstrate synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas using skills related to the designated portfolio type.

Digital Portfolio AP Exam Terms and Conditions 

When you submit your portfolio components as final in the AP Digital Portfolio, you’ll be required to acknowledge these Digital Portfolio AP Exam Terms and Conditions.  



AP Art and Design Digital Submission Guide for Students

Review this guide for complete instructions to submit your AP Art and Design portfolio components as final.