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Important Updates

Support for Students and Schools Impacted by Coronavirus
In response to school closures due to COVID-19, we’ve changed the due date and the requirements for the 2020 AP Art and Design portfolios. Note that these adjustments may not be reflected on all AP Central pages. Get details and the latest updates at Taking the Exams.

AP 3-D Art and Design Updates and New Resources for 2019-20
To help more students prepare for—and succeed on—the AP 3-D Art and Design Portfolio, we’ve clarified the course’s focus starting with the 2019-20 school year and are introducing new resources for your classroom. We’ve also moved portfolio registration to the fall, a best practice that improves students’ chances of earning college credit and placement.

Download the new course and exam description (CED) and the errata sheet

New AP Resources

AP Classroom, the new portfolio registration platform for students, is now available. They’ll need to complete a simple, five-minute digital activation at the beginning of the school year in order to sign up for the portfolio.

Sign In to AP Classroom

Course Overview

AP 3-D Art and Design is an introductory college-level three-dimensional design course. Students refine and apply skills and ideas they develop throughout the course to produce three-dimensional art and design.

Course Content

The AP Art and Design course framework is composed of course skills, big ideas, essential questions and enduring understandings, learning objectives, and essential knowledge. AP Art and Design skill categories delineate overarching understandings central to the study and practice of art and design. Each of the three skill categories consists of skills that encompass foundational to advanced learning over the span of the course. Students need to develop, practice, and apply these skills in a variety of contexts.

The AP 3-D Art and Design course framework is made up of three big ideas. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

  • Big Idea 1: Investigate materials, processes, and ideas.
  • Big Idea 2: Make art and design.
  • Big Idea 3: Present art and design.

Course Skills

The new AP Art and Design framework included in the course and exam description outlines distinct skills that students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think and act like artists. Skills 2 and 3 are specifically assessed in both portfolio sections (Sustained Investigation and Selected Works).



1. Inquiry and Investigation

Investigate materials, processes, and ideas.

2. Making Through Practice, Experimentation, and Revision

Make works of art and design by practicing, experimenting, and revising.

3. Communication and Reflection

Communicate ideas about art and design.

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 Education 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 Development Committee for AP Art and Design.