AP Studio Art —
Good Advice on Preparing Portfolios
Here are a few things to remember as you prepare to send your artwork for evaluation.


  • complete all three sections;
  • remember that works from Section I (Quality) may also be submitted in slide form in either Section II (Concentration) or Section III (Breadth), and that you may not submit slides of the same work for both Section II and Section III;
  • pay attention to the requirements regarding the size and number of materials that may be submitted;
  • submit works in the standard AP portfolio that will be sent to your school no later than the beginning of May;
  • make sure that works submitted for each section meet the requirements listed on this poster;
  • mat or mount any works on paper that you submit for Section I. Use a neutral colored matboard;
  • use fixative on works that may smudge;
  • cover the surface to protect the work. Use an overleaf that is fastened to one edge so that it can be lifted easily;
  • label all slides, including the dimensions and media of the original works;
  • photograph your work well ahead of the deadline so that you will have time to reshoot if necessary. The current edition of the AP Studio Art Teacher's Guide contains information about how to photograph art;
  • submit a detail slide with the slide of the entire work if you wish to show details such as texture;
  • follow your AP Coordinator's instructions for labeling and packaging your materials;
  • submit your prepared materials on or before the deadline set by your AP Coordinator;
  • give ETS the correct address for returning your portfolio materials (they will arrive in late summer). We cannot ship your work to a P.O. Box.
  • retain duplicates of your slides and application materials; and
  • note that, although ETS makes every effort to avoid loss or damage to your materials when they are being evaluated or in transit, accidents do happen. ETS does not assume responsibility or liability in such cases.


  • send ANY actual work for the 3-D Design portfolio;
  • send three-dimensional or fragile work for Drawing or 2-D Design;
  • send works rolled, folded, or framed for Drawing or 2-D Design;
  • send unmounted work that can be crumpled or damaged in shipping for Drawing or 2-D Design;
  • submit the same work for more than one portfolio;
  • exceed the maximum number of works or slides required for each section of the portfolio; extra works will not be evaluated;
  • send actual works for sections that require slides, or send works that are larger than 18" x 24"; they will not be evaluated, and your score for that section will be based on the work remaining in that section;
  • submit collaborative works or group projects; or
  • place any information that identifies you or your school on any of the materials included in your portfolio, except where requested. Your AP Coordinator will receive instructions on how to label your works. If you have already signed your work, however, do not risk damaging it to remove a signature.

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