AP 2-D Art and Design

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About the Portfolio

You’ll submit a portfolio of artwork for evaluation at the end of the school year. You’ll work with your teacher or AP coordinator to mail in your physical works to the AP Program, and you’ll also upload digital images of your work and commentary online.

Note: You may submit more than one Art and Design portfolio exam in a given year, but each must be a different type of portfolio. You may not duplicate works or images among the portfolios and portfolios may not be combined. For example, if you want to submit a portfolio for both Drawing and 2-D Art and Design, you will need to submit two separate portfolios with two completely different sets of artwork, and you must order two exams.

For the AP 2-D Art and Design portfolio:

  • Your work should focus on the use of two-dimensional (2-D) skills of art and design, including point, line, shape, plane, layer, form, space, texture, color, value, opacity, transparency, time, unity, variety, rhythm, movement, proportion, scale, balance, emphasis, contrast, repetition, figure/group relationship, connection, juxtaposition, and hierarchy.
  • Think about how materials, processes, and ideas can be used to make work that exists on a flat surface.
  • There’s no preferred or unacceptable content or style.
  • Here are some formats you can submit: graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, illustration, painting, and printmaking.
  • Don’t submit video clips—they’re not allowed. You may submit still images from videos or film and composite images.

Portfolio Date

  • Teachers set their own deadline.

    AP 2-D Art and Design Portfolio Due Date

    Ask your AP Art and Design teacher or AP coordinator about the portfolio deadline for your school.

Portfolio Components

15 digital images 60% of Score

You’ll create a body of work that demonstrates:

  • sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision
  • sustained investigation of materials, processes, and ideas
  • synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas
  • 2-D art and design skills

You’ll have to document in writing:

  • the questions that guided your sustained investigation
  • how your sustained investigation shows evidence of practice, experimentation, and revision guided by your questions

5 artworks 40% of Score

You’ll work with your teacher or AP coordinator to mail in your physical works to the AP Program, and you’ll also upload images of your work to the AP Art and Design digital submission web application.

You’ll choose works that demonstrate:

  • 2-D art and design skills
  • synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas

For each work, you’ll have to describe in writing:

  • your ideas
  • the materials you used
  • the processes you used

Works may come from the Sustained Investigation section, but they do not have to. They may be a group of related works, unrelated works, or a combination of related and unrelated works.

How We Score Your Portfolio

All portfolios are assessed by at least four highly experienced studio art educators (AP Art and Design teachers or higher education faculty). These evaluators, called AP readers, are trained to apply standardized scoring guidelines. Each of the two sections is reviewed independently based on criteria for that section.

If there is a wide divergence in the scores assigned by two readers to the same section of a portfolio, the section is forwarded to two Reading leaders for review and resolution of the scores.

Portfolio Preparation

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