Start of the School Year
- At the start of the school year (or when your course begins if it’s a second-semester only course), sign in to My AP to join your AP Art and Design class section using the join code your teacher gives you.
- Look at portfolios from real students, and become familiar with the scoring rubrics. Go to the Portfolio Samples and Scoring Information section of the portfolio pages on AP Central to check out sample portfolio sections, along with scoring rubrics and explanations:
Get familiar with the AP Art and Design Selected Works and Sustained Investigations Rubrics (.pdf/199KB).
- As you create your works throughout the year, document your thinking, learning, and creative processes.
- Start capturing digital images of your artworks—students usually take photos or use a scanner. Make sure your images meet the requirements and recommendations for digital images.
- The AP Digital Portfolio became available for AP Art and Design in late September. Your teacher will let you know when you can begin uploading work to the AP Digital Portfolio. You’ll sign in to the Digital Portfolio using your College Board login. Note: You can upload work to the AP Digital Portfolio if you’re enrolled in a class section in My AP, but your work will only be sent to the AP Program for scoring if an exam has been ordered for you by your AP coordinator.
- Continue working on your 3 portfolio components (Sustained Investigation Images, Written Evidence, Selected Works) in the AP Digital Portfolio. You can delete, add, or rearrange images until you submit your work as final. Important: Only select Submit as Final in the AP Digital Portfolio when you’re ready to submit your work as final. If you submit a portfolio component (Sustained Investigation Images, Written Evidence, Selected Works) as final, the only way to make revisions is if your teacher returns your portfolio component to you through the AP Digital Portfolio.
- Submit your portfolio components as final by your teacher’s deadline. May 10, 8 p.m. ET, is the deadline for students to submit their portfolio components as final to the AP Program through the AP Digital Portfolio. However, teachers (or AP coordinators for students not working with a teacher) will set their own deadline before May 10, so they have time to review portfolio component submissions.
- By May 10, 8 p.m. ET, ensure all 3 of your portfolio components (Sustained Investigation Images, Written Evidence, Selected Works) are submitted as final in the AP Digital Portfolio. Only portfolio components submitted as final by this deadline will be scored.
- Important: Shortly before the deadline, go back to the AP Digital Portfolio and check that your 3 portfolio components are marked as complete. This is indicated by a black checkmark under each portfolio component on your Class Summary Overview page. In rare instances of technical errors, your teacher may return a portfolio component to you in the AP Digital Portfolio with recommendations for changes you can make. If this happens, you’ll need to make any necessary changes and resubmit the portfolio component as final by the May 10 AP Program deadline for it to be sent for scoring.