Develop your skills in 3-D design as you explore different media and approaches. You’ll create
artwork that reflects your own ideas and skills and what you’ve learned.

Skills You’ll Learn

  • Investigating the materials, processes, and ideas that artists and designers use
  • Interpreting works of art and design
  • Practicing, experimenting, and revising as you create your own work
  • Communicating your ideas about works of art and design.

The 3-D Art and Design portfolio is designated for work that focuses on the use of three-
dimensional (3-D) elements and principles of art and design, including point, line, shape, plane,
layer, form, volume, mass, occupied/unoccupied space, texture, color, value, opacity,

transparency, time, unity, variety, rhythm, movement, proportion, scale, balance, emphasis,
contrast, repetition, connection, juxtaposition, and hierarchy. Students should consider how
materials, processes, and ideas can be used to make work that involves space and form.
Students can work with any materials, processes, and ideas. Figurative or nonfigurative
sculpture, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, glasswork, installation, performance,
assemblage, and 3-D fabric/fiber arts are among the possibilities for submission. Still images
from videos or film are accepted. Composite images may be submitted.

AP 3-D Art and Design Exam Requirements and Prompts

For the Selected Works section of the AP 3-D Art and Design Portfolio Exam, students must
submit digital images of two views each of five works (10 images total) that demonstrate:

  • 3-D skills
  • Synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas

For each work, students must state the following in writing:

  • Idea(s) visually evident (100 characters maximum, including spaces)
  • Materials used (100 characters maximum, including spaces)
  • Processes used (100 characters maximum, including spaces)

For the Sustained Investigation section of the AP 3-D Art and Design Portfolio Exam, students
must submit 15 digital images that demonstrate:

  • Sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision
  • Sustained investigation of materials, processes, and ideas
  • Synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas
  • 3-D skills

Students must state the following in writing:

  • Identify the questions that guided your sustained investigation
  • Describe how your sustained investigation shows evidence of practice, experimentation,
    and revision guided by your questions (1200 characters maximum, including spaces, for
    response to both prompts)

Identify the following for each image:

  • Materials used (100 characters maximum, including spaces)
  • Processes used (100 characters maximum, including spaces)
  • Size (height × width × depth, in inches)
  • For images that document process or show detail, students should enter “N/A” for size
  • For digital and virtual work, students should enter the size of the intended visual display

Additional Information About the Sustained Investigation Section

  • Throughout their sustained investigation, students need to document their work using
    sketchbooks, etc. From their documentation of thinking and making, students select
    images and writing to include in their portfolio that most effectively demonstrate
    sustained investigation.
  • Process documentation images included in the portfolio should show evidence of
    practice, experimentation, and revision using materials, processes, and ideas and/ or of
    skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas, providing insight on students’
    inquiry, thinking, and making.
  • Detail images should be submitted only when it is important to see a close-up view of
    a work
  • For the Investigation section carefully consider the sequence of their images. There is
    no required order; images should be presented to best demonstrate sustained
    investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision using materials, processes,
    and ideas.
  • Students should also consider the relationship of their images with the written
    information they submit.

Samples of student work for the AP 3-D Art and Design portfolio can be found on AP Central at
www.apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-3-d-art-and -design.