AP Art History: Curricular Requirements

  • Students and teachers use college-level resources, including diverse primary sources, secondary sources, and a college-level art history textbook.
  • The big ideas and essential questions in the AP Art History Course and Exam Description are used as a conceptual foundation for the course.
  • Each of the 10 AP Art History content areas in the AP Art History Course and Exam Description receives explicit attention.
  • Students have opportunities to engage with all 12 course learning objectives in the AP Art History Course and Exam Description through specific assignments and activities.
  • Students are provided opportunities to analyze works of art both visually and contextually.
  • Students are provided opportunities to analyze interpretations of works of art from primary or secondary sources.
  • Students are provided opportunities to analyze relationships between works of art across cultures and from different content areas.
  • Students have opportunities to use enduring understanding and essential knowledge statements as a foundation to conduct research on a specific work of art.
  • Students are provided opportunities to experience actual works of art or architecture.

Resource Requirements

  • The school ensures that each student has access to a college-level art history textbook in hard copy and/or electronic format (supplemented when necessary to meet the curricular requirements) for individual use inside and outside of the classroom.
  • The school ensures that each AP Art History class has access to a digital projector and screens for viewing at least two works of art side by side.
  • The school ensures that each AP Art History class has access to digital images covering the material addressed in the course.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has access to additional appropriate college-level art history resources for his or her consultation.
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