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Each AP Studio Art course is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios — 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing — corresponding to the most common college foundation courses. According to surveys of comparable curricula at four-year colleges and universities, they are each equivalent to a two-semester college art course.

AP Studio Art aims to:

  • Encourage creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues.
  • Emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making.
  • Help students develop technical skills and familiarize them with the functions of the visual elements.
  • Encourage students to become independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art.

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 2-D design through any two-dimensional medium or process, including, but not limited to, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, fashion illustration, painting and printmaking. Video clips, DVDs, CDs and three-dimensional works may not be submitted. However, still images from videos or films are accepted.

Portfolio must include:

Quality — Section I

Five actual works that demonstrate mastery of design in concept, composition and execution

Concentration — Section II

Twelve digital images; some may be details
Works describe an in-depth exploration of a particular 2-D design concern

Breadth — Section III

Twelve digital images; one image each of 12 different works
A variety of works demonstrating understanding of the principles of 2-D design

Read the full course description and design portfolio with student samples.