AP Studio Art
AR80 - 2 Semesters, 1 Art Credit

Welcome to AP Studio Art!

There are three portfolio options for AP Studio Art students: Drawing, 2D, and 3D. Students working with most digital media all fall under the 2D portfolio requirements, though you could do a Drawing portfolio using digital media if you choose.

Course Description

Through studio practice, application of design concepts, and informed decision making students will assemble a body of artwork that demonstrates a high level of quality and growth over time of content, technique, and process.  Students will submit this body of work to the College Board for grading and possible college credit. 

Artistic integrity:  Students are expected to use artistic integrity throughout the course.  Work that is based on published photographs or the work of other artists must move beyond duplication to illustrate an original idea.

Each portfolio must include a quality, concentration and breadth section.  The quality section includes five matted pieces that cannot exceed 18x24.  This must be some of your best work.  The concentration section must inlcude 12 works that are related in some way, they must all have a unifying theme you are working towards.  Some of the work can be close-up shots.  The Breadth section includes 12 pieces that show a variety of subject matter, media and styles.  You cannot have any of the same pieces in both concentration and breadth.

Should you take AP?

Interested in AP? Ask yourself the following before diving in:

  1. Are you proficient to advanced in at least one medium (drawing, painting, photography, illustrator, etc.)?
  2. Have you taken at least one full year of high school level art courses?
  3. Do you work well independently?
  4. Do you have adequate time outside of school to devote to project completion?
  5. Will your course schedule allow you to do well in all your classes, without feeling pressured and stressed?
  6. Do you have enough interest and motivation to drive you for an entire year of intensive art projects?
  7. How do you handle constructive criticism of your work?
  8. Can you look at your own work with a critical eye?
  9. Does the college(s) you are interested in attending accept AP credit for this course?
Still not sure? Come and visit a class, Mr. Graves (Room 311) or I (Room 320) and talk to us about it! 



Course code: @ar80

Important Docs Sign & Return!

Camera Contract

Only if you do not have access to a dSLR


Required: Everyone
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Helpful Links

AP 2D Design Portfolio Info
2015 Scoring Guidelines
Breadth Rubric