AP 2D Design

AP 2D Design Course Description

AP 2D Syllabus


*** You will need 29 completed pieces of Art Work by the end of trimester two! ***

** You will be required to write in this class! ** 


Course Description

 AP Studio Art is a college level course offered to students who have an exceptional desire to pursue higher levels of development and mastery in concept, composition and execution of their ideas in visual art. AP Studio Art sets a singular national standard for high school art students across the nation. Success on the AP Studio Art examination can enable students to earn college credits and placement in college programs. During the first week of school, the course is outlined to the students. The individual sections of each portfolio – Quality, Concentration and Breadth-are discussed in detail. The students will also review the images and instructions from the AP Studio art poster.


AP Studio Art is a chance for the visually gifted to excel and receive recognition on a national scale. It allows students to compare their work with other high school students throughout the nation, and helps them prepare an excellent portfolio for study at the college level.All students enrolling in the course are expected to submit a portfolio for the AP Art Studio Examination.


The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. It is vital that you plan far enough in advance so that you can complete the portfolio on time.

2-D Design Portfolio

This portfolio is intended to address two-dimensional (2-D) design issues. Design involves purposeful decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. The principles of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationships), articulated through the visual elements (line, shape, color, value, texture, space), help guide artists in making decisions about how to organize the elements on a picture plane in order to communicate content. Effective design is possible whether one uses representational or abstract approaches to art.

For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 2-D design through any two-dimensional medium or process, including, but not limited to, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, and printmaking. Video clips, DVDs, CDs, and three dimensional works may not be submitted.

Section I: Quality

Five actual works that demonstrate your mastery of design

You are asked to demonstrate quality through carefully selected examples of your work. These works should successfully demonstrate your mastery of design issues. There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content. Your mastery of design should be apparent in the composition, concept, and execution of your works, whether they are simple or complex.

You must submit actual works in one or more media in this section. They may be separate, distinct works, or they may be directly related to one or more of the other works submitted in this section. Flat paper, cardboard, canvas board, or un-stretched canvases are acceptable.


Section II: Concentration

Works describing an in-depth exploration of a particular design concern. 12 images.

For your concentration, you are asked to devote considerable time, effort, and thought to an investigation of a specific visual idea. To document your process, you should present a number of conceptually related works that show your growth and discovery. These works should use the principles of design in an informed and/or experimental way. It is important to define your concentration early in the year so that the work you submit will have the focus and direction required for a concentration.


Section III: The Breadth

A variety of works demonstrating your understanding of the principles of design. 12 images.

In this section, the artworks you submit should demonstrate your understanding of the principles of design. Include examples of unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, and figure/ground relationship in your Breadth section. In other words, you are asked to demonstrate that you are thoughtfully applying these principles while composing your art.

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