AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art Drawing is a course established and copyrighted by the College Board. The AP Program offers three studio art courses and portfolios: Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Drawing. The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. 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. Students may choose to submit any or all of the Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, or Three-Dimensional design portfolios. AP Studio Art students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate the artistic skills and ideas they have developed, refined, and applied over the course of the year to produce visual compositions.

  • Recommended Grade Level: 11, 12
  • Recommended Prerequisite: Advanced laboratory visual arts courses
  • Credits: 2 semester course, 1 credit per semester
  • Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective Course for all diplomas
  • Fulfills the Fine Arts requirement for the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma

Introduction from the teacher:

Congratulations!  Your student is enrolled in Advanced Placement Studio Art Drawing for the upcoming school year at Harrison High School.  

Requirements mandate that students create a breadth section which contains twelve works exhibiting a wide arrange of approaches with technique, composition, and subject matter. In addition to this range of approaches, students are required to create 12 works that exhibit sustained investigation of a particular concept or theme for the concentration portion of their portfolios.  With the concentration section, students must include a brief description of the process and intentions for the product to accompany to their art.  Digital submission of the 24 works from the breadth and concentration sections accounts for two-thirds of the AP Studio College Board scoring.

The last component involves physically mailing in 5 of the 24 works for review by the AP reader.  Students’ bodies of work will be scored from 1-6, with 6 being the highest possible score.  In order to receive college credit, students must attain a minimum score of a 3 or a 4 depending on the individual university requirements.  Receiving college credit would provide students with 6 college credit hours, which in most cases accounts for the completion of 2, 3 hour college courses.  

As is the case with all AP courses, Studio Art is a class with a rigorous curriculum.  As such, students will be expected to work both in and outside of class in order to be prepared for the end of year portfolio exam.  To aid in this, summer assignments have been created. Finished summer assignments will be critiqued the first week of school and will count as the first grades for class.  These are assessment grades.  

There is a $10 student fee payable through the bookstore.  Please pay this at the beginning of the school year.  The cost for the AP exam is $93 and is due toward the end of the first semester.  This exam cost is waived for students receiving free and reduced lunch.  In addition, please review the required supply list as this will likely present some additional costs.


Teacher: Ms. Lauren Longest

Summer Assignment Information:

AP Studio Art Summer Assignment

AP Studio Art Supply List