AP Art History - AP Art Education Program

  • Course Name
    AP Art History
    Course Number AH03P
    Grades 11-12
    Length of Course 1 year
    Prerequisite Studio in Art, Recommendation & Consent of Art Teacher
    Credit 1 credit
    Assessment Examination
    Description AP Art History is designed to provide the same benefits to secondary school students as those provided by an introductory college course in art history: an understanding and enjoyment of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within historical and cultural contexts.
    In the course, students examine major forms of artistic expression from the past and present and from a variety of cultures. They learn to  look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see or experience. Art history increasingly emphasizes understanding works in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and the functions and effects of works of art. An understanding of the elements of art, fundamental art historical terminology, and technical processes used in the production of art, is  basic to both college and AP courses.
    No prior exposure to art history is required. However, students who have done well in other courses in the humanities, such as history and literature, or in any of the studio arts are especially encouraged to enroll.
    The AP Art History Development Committee periodically conducts surveys to find out what material is usually covered at the institutions that have AP policies for Art History. College courses cover the various art forms in the following proportions:
    • 40-50% painting and drawing
    • 25% architecture, 25% sculpture
    • 5-10% other media.    
     The AP Art History Examination reflects these distributions.

    Course should be taught by AP trained teacher only.

    *Developmental Level