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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: Drawing

The Drawing portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media. Line quality, light and shade, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth and mark-making are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of means, which could include painting, printmaking or mixed media. Abstract and observational works may demonstrate drawing competence. The range of marks used to make drawings, the arrangement of those marks, and the materials used to make the marks are endless. There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content.

Portfolio must include:

Quality — Section I

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

Concentration — Section II

Twelve digital images; some may be details
Works describing an in-depth exploration of a particular drawing concern

Breadth — Section III

Twelve digital images; one image each of 12 different works
A variety of works demonstrating understanding of the principles of drawing issues

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