Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP Art History course is equivalent to a two-semester college survey course exploring the nature of art, art making, and responses to art. By investigating specific course content of 250 works of art characterized by diverse artistic traditions from prehistory to the present, students develop in-depth, holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students become active participants in the global art world, engaging with its forms and content. They experience, research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, responses to, and interpretations of art.
Essential Course Resources
This is the core document for this course. It clearly lays out the course content and learning objectives, describes the exam, and provides sample questions and rubrics.
Download individual content sections of the AP Art History Course and Exam Description.
More Course Resources
Check out this series of video overview modules for the AP Art History course and exam.
The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/1.3MB) provides a succinct description of the course and exam.
The FAQ answers commonly asked questions about the course and exam.
The Teacher's Guide (.pdf/1.72MB) was developed to support the course prior to the redesigned curriculum now in effect, but continues to provide relevant information about teaching AP Art History.
NEW SmartHistory provides complete coverage of course content with links to additional resources.
Search AP Art History programs by state and connect with other AP Art History teachers.
The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators.
Course Planning and Pacing Guides
Written by AP teachers, these versatile guides demonstrate a variety of ways to plan and pace the AP Art History curriculum across one academic year. Each author presents a host of ideas for activities, resources, and assessments.
AP Art History Course Planning and Pacing Guide, Gray (.pdf/476.71KB)
AP Art History Course Planning and Pacing Guide, Nici (.pdf/537.5KB)
AP Art History Course Planning and Pacing Guide, Russell (.pdf/1.03MB)
Essential Exam Resources
The Exam Information page has full details about the current exam and provides access to former test questions.
The Free-Response Questions index provides questions from the most recent exam and exams from previous years.
A full practice exam is available by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.
For a video overview of the exam, watch part 3 of the Course Overview Modules for AP Art History Teachers.
Access online score reports for your students.
AP Course Audit Information
The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements, textbook recommendations, and more. All schools wishing to label a course "AP" must submit a subject-specific AP Course Audit form and the course syllabus for each teacher of that AP course. Your course page has course planning resources, such as curricular requirements, syllabus development guides, sample syllabi, and more.
Benefits of Becoming an Authorized AP Teacher
Inclusion of authorized courses on the AP Course Ledger so that colleges and universities can verify student transcripts
Feedback on your syllabus
Access to secure practice exams
Visit the AP Course Audit site to log in or create an account.
The College Board offers both face-to-face and online professional development workshops, available for new and experienced AP teachers, AP coordinators, and administrators. Led by experienced instructors, subject-specific AP workshops provide educators with the preparation, resources, and support needed to develop and implement effective strategies for teaching an AP course.
Writing About Art
Our Annual Offerings
June–August: One-week AP Summer Institutes are offered at different sites throughout the country, providing an in-depth look at the course and exam.
September–April: One-day workshops are offered.
Search for an upcoming Art History workshop to register.
The Teacher Community lets you share resources and teaching strategies with fellow educators.
The Classroom Resources page provides a diverse selection of supplemental materials, including lesson plans and teaching strategies, from the College Board and your AP colleagues.
The AP Art History Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.
Course and Exam Redesign
The redesigned AP Art History course launched in fall 2015 in conjunction with administration of the redesigned exam in May 2016. Review the Overview of the Redesign, which was informed by Expert Input and a Higher Education Validation Study for Art History.
College Board Store
Find AP Art History publications, released exams, and resources in the College Board Store.
AP and Higher Education
Higher Education professionals play a key role developing AP courses and exams, setting credit and placement policies, and scoring student work. The AP Higher Ed site features information on recruitment and admission, advising and placement, and more.
This chart shows recommended scores for granting credit, and how much credit should be awarded, for each AP course. Your students can look up credit and placement policies for colleges and universities on the AP Credit Policy search.
Meet the current Development Committee for AP Art History.