AP Studio Art: 3-D Design: Curricular Requirements

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP Studio Art Course Description.
  • The course promotes a sustained investigation of all three aspects of portfolio development -- quality, concentration, and breadth -- as outlined in the Course Description or Studio Art poster throughout the duration of the course. (Note: The body of work submitted for the portfolio can include art created prior to and outside of the AP Studio Art course.)
  • The course enables students to develop mastery (i.e., "quality") in concept, composition, and execution of drawing, 2-D design, or 3-D design.
  • The course enables students to develop a body of work investigating a strong underlying visual idea in drawing, 2-D design, or 3-D design that grows out of a coherent plan of action or investigation (i.e., a "concentration").
  • The course teaches students a variety of concepts and approaches in drawing, 2-D design, or 3-D design so that the student is able to demonstrate a range of abilities and versatility with technique, problem-solving, and ideation (i.e., "breadth"). Such conceptual variety can be demonstrated through either the use of one or the use of several media.
  • The course emphasizes making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making.
  • The course includes group and individual student critiques and instructional conversations with the teacher, enabling students to learn to analyze and discuss their own artworks and those of their peers.
  • The course teaches students to understand artistic integrity as well as what constitutes plagiarism. If students produce work that makes use of photographs, published images, and/or other artists' works, the course teaches students how to develop their own work so that it moves beyond duplication.

Resource Requirements

  • The school ensures that each student has access to art materials and resources necessary to meet the standards for the portfolio he or she chooses to submit.
  • The school ensures that each AP Studio Art classroom has at least some of the following types of instructional materials that support the formulation of a creative problem and its comprehensive investigation: art books, periodicals, slides, reproductions, and digital images.
  • The school ensures that each student and teacher has access to a digital camera and a computer equipped with image editing software and an internet connection. This equipment is required for submitting digital portfolios through the AP Studio Art Digital Submission Web Application. Technical requirements for hardware and software are listed on the Digital Submission page.
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