AP Art History: Curricular Requirements

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP Art History Course Description.
  • The syllabus is organized to include course content material from the ancient world through the twenty-first century.
  • The course teaches students to understand works of art within their historical context by examining issues such as politics, religion, patronage, gender, function, and ethnicity. The course also teaches students visual analysis of works of art. The course teaches students to understand works of art through both contextual and visual analysis.
  • Roughly 20% of the course content is devoted to art beyond the European tradition. (See the most recent Course Description for further information.)

Resource Requirements

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level art history textbook (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 slide or digital projectors 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 a set of slides or digital images covering the material addressed in the course.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has access to additional appropriate college-level art history books for his or her consultation.
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