Welcome, AP Teachers! The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolio exams — 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing — corresponding to the college foundation courses. Portfolios allow flexibility of coursework while guiding students to produce college-level quality, artistic investigation, and breadth of work. The 2-D Design portfolio addresses two-dimensional design issues and involves decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Students' portfolios demonstrate skills and ideas developed, refined, and applied throughout the course to produce visual compositions. Students may choose to submit any or all of the portfolios. Portfolios are evaluated based on standardized scoring descriptors aligned with skills and understanding developed in college foundation courses.
Essential Course Resources
This is the core document for this course. It clearly describes portfolio requirements, course goals, approaches to assessment, and the AP program in general.
More Course Resources
The two-page Course Overview (.pdf/1.3MB) provides a succinct description of the portfolios.
The AP Studio Art Brochure (.pdf/661KB) details portfolio requirements and should be given to each AP studio art student at the beginning of the school year.
NEW! The AP Studio Art Sample Portfolios Site features student portfolios, with scoring rationales and student commentary.
Search AP Studio Art programs by state and connect with other studio art teachers.
The Teacher Community allows you to discuss teaching strategies, share resources, and connect with other educators.
Essential Exam Resources
The Exam Information page includes portfolio requirements, scoring guidelines, and complete student portfolios with scores and commentary.
The AP Studio Art Sample Portfolios Site features student works submitted as part of 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing portfolios from the most recent academic year, along with scores, score rationales, and student commentary.
Access online score reports for your students.
More Exam Resources
Portfolio Tips provides some "dos and don'ts" for students preparing their portfolios.
Thinking About Art Making: Questions for Reflection guides students' planning, creating, and writing about their work.
The AP Studio Art Exhibit is a selection of exemplary artwork created by students who submitted portfolios for the most recent AP Studio Art Exam.
AP Course Audit Information
The AP Course Audit provides teachers and administrators with clear guidelines on curricular and resource requirements. 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
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.
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 AP Studio Art 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 Studio Art 2-D Design Student page has valuable information and resources for your students.
College Board Store
Find AP Studio Art 2-D Design publications 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 evaluating 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 Studio Art.