Selected Works Overview

This section of your portfolio should show works that best demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas.

For AP 3-D Art and Design, you’ll submit ten digital images of five artworks (two views of each work). The second image of each work should be taken from a different vantage point than the first view, or it can be a detail, if the detail informs the evaluator about a particular aspect of the work.

New! In the 2020-21 school year, Selected Works for AP 2-D Art and Design and AP Drawing will be submitted digitally only. There are no physical portfolios in 2020-21. For AP 2-D Art and Design and AP Drawing, you’ll submit images of five artworks.

For all three courses:

  • Carefully select 5 works that best demonstrate your skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas.
  • There is no preferred or unacceptable material, process, idea, style, or content.
  • These works may also be submitted in your Sustained Investigation section, but they don’t have to be.
  • Selected Works may be related, unrelated, or a combination of related and unrelated works.
  • For each work, you’ll submit written responses to prompts about the materials and processes used, as well as ideas that are visually evident in your work. Your responses to the prompts are evaluated along with the work you submit. The most successful responses in relation to the assessment criteria used here are clearly related to the images of work submitted, directly and completely address the prompts, and provide further evidence of skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas shown in the work. Although responses are not evaluated for spelling, grammar, or punctuation, you should make sure your responses are written clearly (e.g., don’t use extreme text speak or eliminate spaces between words).

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