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The AP Studio Art 3-D Design Portfolio Page

2017 Portfolio Due

Fri, May 5, 8 p.m.

Portfolio Overview

In early May, students submit digital images of works of art for their 3-D Design portfolios. These works should demonstrate artistic growth and development.

All portfolios are assessed by at least seven highly experienced studio art educators (AP Studio Art teachers or higher education faculty) who apply standardized scoring criteria.

Encourage your students to visit the AP Studio Art 3-D Design student page for exam information and exam practice.

Access online score reports for your students.

Portfolio Format

The works submitted for evaluation may have been produced in art classes or on students' own time and may cover a period of time longer than a single school year.

Any work that makes use of photographs, published images, or other artists' work must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This is demonstrated through manipulation of the formal qualities, design, or concept of the source. Students' personal, unique artistic vision should be clearly evident.


Review AP Studio Art Portfolio Requirements 2016-2017 (.pdf/661KB).


Learn about the required Digital Submission component of the portfolios. The Digital Submission Demo provides a step-by-step overview of the process for students, teachers, and AP Coordinators.


Thinking About Art Making: Questions for Reflection is a useful guide to help students plan, create, and write about their work.


The AP Studio Art Exhibit, a selection of exemplary artwork created by students who submitted portfolios for the most recent AP Studio Art Exam. See AP Studio Art Exhibits for 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, and 2012-13.

Sample Portfolios and Scoring Information

Looking for portfolio information and samples? You can find them in:

The AP Studio Art sample portfolios site.
You can access the 3-D Design student portfolios from 2014 onward, as well as student commentaries, scoring guidelines, and score rationales. And for scoring information from prior portfolio assessments, check out the tables below.


The Student Performance Q&A.
In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.


2016: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Score Distributions

2015: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Score Distributions

2014: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Score Distributions

2013: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Score Distributions

2012: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Score Distributions

2011: Sample Portfolios
Portfolio Samples Scoring Score Distributions

Selected Works (Quality)

Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Range of Approaches (Breadth)

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics

Score Distributions

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