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You will 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. In the 2020-21 school year, there will be no physical portfolios.
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 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 Drawing portfolio:
15 digital images 60% of Score
You’ll create a body of work that demonstrates:
You’ll have to document in writing:
5 artworks 40% of Score
In the 2020-21 school year, Selected Works will be submitted digitally only. There are no physical portfolios in 2020-21.
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 Drawing Sample Portfolios and Scoring Information Archive
Review portfolios of real student work submitted in 2019 and earlier, along with scoring guidelines and explanations. Note: These resources don’t reflect changes to the portfolio requirements made for the 2019-20 school year.