AP Art and Design Portfolio Policies

Follow these guidelines as you build and submit your portfolio:

  • See the detailed instructions for your portfolio type listed in the current AP Art and Design Course and Exam DescriptionIf you don’t follow the instructions, your score report will have a message saying that your score is based on an incomplete or otherwise irregular portfolio. 
  • Your portfolio may include work you’ve done during this school year or previously, in class or out of class. 
  • All work in your portfolio must be work created only by you; collaborative works or group projects may not be submitted. 
  • If you submit work that makes use of photographs, published images, and/or other artists’ works, you must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This may be demonstrated through manipulation of the formal qualities, design, and/or concept of the original work. 
  • Work submitted for the Sustained Investigation section of your portfolio may also be submitted for the Selected Works section, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep in mind that each portfolio section has specific criteria. Each portfolio exam must be unique; do not submit the same work (or details of the work) in more than one portfolio exam.
  • Label all images, including dimensions and media. If you want to include a title or other text, add it after the media. Images should not be named with a title larger than 100 characters and should not have special characters.

It’s unethical, constitutes plagiarism, and often violates copyright law to copy a work of art (even in another medium) that was made by someone else and represent it as your own.

College Board reserves the right to decline to score an AP Art and Design Portfolio Exam or cancel an AP Art and Design Portfolio Exam score when misconduct occurs, such as copying another person’s work.

Overlap Among Portfolio Types

There is possible overlap among the three portfolio types. For instance, a student whose work focuses on 3-D art and design could submit, in their AP 3-D Art and Design Portfolio Exam, drawings and/or 2-D compositions associated with their 3-D work. These could include concept drawings of a sculpture or the floor plan of an architectural structure, for example.

Remember: No work may be duplicated between portfolios.

In planning for and developing your body of portfolio work, you should select a particular focus of 2-D art and design, 3-D art and design, or drawing. As you work, you may make pieces that diverge in format from your selected portfolio type.

For the Sustained Investigation section, portfolio exams are more likely to be successful in terms of the assessment rubric if divergent forms (e.g., 2-D art and design submitted for an AP Drawing Portfolio Exam) are clearly related to the investigation of stated questions.

For the Selected Works section, portfolio exams are more likely to be successful if divergent forms demonstrate synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas using skills related to the designated portfolio type.


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