AP Art and Design Portfolio Policies

Follow these policies and guidelines as you build and submit your 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 works of art that you submit in your Portfolio must be your original creations. They should reflect your own experiences, knowledge, interests, and unique vision. Collaborative work or group projects may not be included in your Portfolio.

If you incorporate artwork, photographs, images, or other content created by someone else (“pre-existing work”), you must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. Your creation should substantially transform the pre-existing work. Additionally, you must identify all pre-existing work(s) in the Written Evidence portion of your Portfolio.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated. It’s unethical and violates copyright law. If College Board determines in its sole discretion that you have violated this Artistic Integrity Agreement, such as by failing to acknowledge pre-existing works or attempting to pass off another’s work as your own, College Board may decline to score your AP Art and Design Portfolio Exam 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.