Before January

  1.  Identify ideas, materials, and processes you want to explore and investigate. Research and experiment with concepts and techniques.
  2.  Plan and create works of art for your portfolio.
  3.  View, discuss, and critique sample portfolios on AP Central. Consider the questions here as you plan your portfolio:
  4.  Become familiar with scoring guidelines: 
  5.  Document your thinking, learning, and creative processes as you work. Share your work and ask for constructive feedback.
  6.  Think about how your work for the Range of Approaches section can inform your Sustained Investigation section.
  7.  Capture digital images of your artworks guided by the image recommendations and requirements outlined in this brochure and here: studioartdigital.
  8.  Continually evaluate your work using the AP Studio Art Scoring Guidelines:      

January and February

  1.  Log in to the Digital Submission Web Application as soon as your teacher — or AP coordinator, if you’re home-schooled — provides access information. Check with your teacher or coordinator if you don’t have this information by early February.

  2.  Make sure to select the correct type of portfolio (2-D Design, 3-D Design, or Drawing). Selecting the correct portfolio type is very important, as it affects how the portfolio is scored.

  3.  Begin uploading images as soon as possible after accessing the application, so you and your teacher can monitor the development of your portfolio. You can always add, delete, or rearrange images later.

March and April

  1. Confirm the deadline to submit your final digital portfolio to your teacher (or AP coordinator).

  2.  2-D Design or Drawing: Confirm the date for assembly of the Selected Works (Quality) section with your teacher or AP coordinator.

  3.  The AP coordinator should provide you with information from your AP Student Pack (your AP number and a list of college codes) sometime in April. You need this information before you can forward your digital portfolio to your teacher.

  4.  Submit your finalized digital portfolio to your teacher or AP coordinator by the established deadline.

  5.  After you forward your portfolio to your teacher or AP coordinator, sign back in to the web application occasionally to view your portfolio’s status and to ensure that your coordinator forwards your portfolio to the AP Program by 8 p.m. ET on May 11, 2018. Only coordinators can take this final step, and only portfolios that have a “Sent to AP” status at the time of this deadline will be received by the AP Program and scored.


  1. ¨ Your teacher will forward your completed digital portfolio to the AP coordinator before May 11.
  2.  Your AP coordinator will forward your digital portfolio to the AP Program, using the web application, by 8 p.m. ET on May 11.

  3.  2-D Design or Drawing: On or before May 11, your teacher or coordinator will gather students for the assembly of the Selected Works (Quality) section (the physical portfolio component).