AP 3-D Art and Design
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You’ll submit a portfolio of artwork for evaluation at the end of the school year. You’ll upload digital images of your work and commentary online.
The three Art and Design portfolios (2-D, 3-D, and Drawing) share a basic, two-section structure, which requires you to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns and methods. Each section contributes to the final portfolio score, which is on a 5-point scale.
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 3-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 3-D Art and Design portfolio:
15 digital images 60% of Score
You’ll create a body of work that demonstrates:
You’ll have to document in writing:
Images of 5 works, 2 views each, for a total of 10 images 40% of Score
You’ll choose works that demonstrate:
For each work, you’ll have to describe in writing:
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.
All portfolios are assessed by at least four highly experienced 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 to the same section of a portfolio, the section is forwarded to two Reading leaders for review and resolution of the scores.
Sustained Investigation Overview
Get detailed instructions on building the Sustained Investigation section of your AP Art and Design portfolio.
Selected Works Overview
Get detailed instructions on building the Selected Works section of your AP Art and Design portfolio.
AP 3-D Art and Design Sample Portfolios and Scoring Information from the 2021 Exam
Check out sample portfolio sections of real student work submitted in 2021, along with scoring guidelines and explanations.
Scoring Guidelines – Selected Works
Selected Works Sample 1 – Score of 3
Selected Works Sample 2 – Score of 4
Selected Works Sample 3 – Score of 5
Scoring Guidelines – Sustained Investigation
Sample Portfolio 1A – Score of 2
Sample Portfolio 2A – Score of 3
Sample Portfolio 1B – Score of 2
Sample Portfolio 2B – Score of 3
Sample Portfolio 1C – Score of 2
Sample Portfolio 2C – Score of 3
Sample Portfolio 1D – Score of 2
Sample Portfolio 1D – Score of 3
AP 3-D Art and Design Sample Portfolios and Scoring Information Archive
Review sample portfolios and scoring information from past exams.