AP Drawing

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About the Portfolio

Important Update

A new review session for the AP Art and Design portfolio submission process will premiere the week of April 26 on the Advanced Placement channel on YouTube. The session will be available on YouTube and on AP Classroom for students to watch anytime, anywhere.

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:

  • Your work should focus on the use of drawing skills, including mark-making, line, surface, space, light and shade, and composition.
  • Think about marks that can be used to make drawings, the arrangement of marks, the materials and processes used to make marks, and relationships of marks and ideas.
  • There’s no preferred or unacceptable content or style.
  • Here are some formats you can submit: drawing (analog and digital), painting, printmaking, and mixed media work.
  • Don’t submit video clips—they’re not allowed. You may submit still images from videos or film and composite images.

Portfolio Dates

  • Thu, May 20, 2021,
    11:59 PM EDT

    AP Drawing Portfolio Due Date

    This is the last day for your school to submit AP Art and Design digital portfolios.

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
  • drawing 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

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:

  • drawing 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 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.

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