AP Art and Design Portfolio Policies

Follow these guidelines as you build and submit your portfolio. For details about the portfolio requirements, see Sustained Investigation Overview and Selected Works Overview:

  • All work in your portfolio must be work created only by you; collaborative works or group projects may not be submitted. 
  • If you submit work that makes use of photographs, published images, and/or other artists’ works, you must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This is demonstrated through manipulation of materials, processes, and/or ideas of the source.
  • Work submitted for the Sustained Investigation section of your portfolio may also be submitted for the Selected Works section, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep in mind that each portfolio section has specific criteria. Each portfolio exam must be unique; do not submit the same work (or details of the work) in more than one portfolio exam.
  • Label all images, including dimensions and media. If you want to include a title or other text, add it after the media. Images should not be named with a title larger than 100 characters and should not have special characters.

Any work that makes use of (appropriates) photographs, published images, and/or the work of someone else must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This is demonstrated through manipulation of the materials, processes, and /or ideas of the source. The student’s individual vision should be clearly evident. It is unethical, constitutes plagiarism, and often violates copyright law simply to copy someone else’s work or imagery (even in another medium) and represent it as one’s own. 

College Board reserves the right to decline to score an AP Art and Design Portfolio Exam or cancel an AP Art and Design Portfolio Exam score when misconduct occurs, such as copying another person’s work.

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.

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