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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: 3-D Design

For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 3-D design through any three-dimensional approach, including, but not limited to, figurative or nonfigurative sculpture, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, glass work, installation, assemblage and 3-D fabric/fiber arts. There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content.

Portfolio must include:

Quality — Section I

Ten digital images, consisting of two views each of five works that demonstrate mastery of 3-D design in concept, composition and execution

Concentration — Section II

Twelve digital images; some may be details or second views
Works describing an in-depth exploration of a particular 3-D design concern

Breadth — Section III

Sixteen digital images; two images each of eight different works
A variety of works demonstrating understanding of the principles of 3-D design

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