AP 3D Art and Design

This course is for students who want to dig and dive into three dimensions. Those who want to explore form further and find their voice in a singular or variety of three dimensional media, this is the course for you.

What are the major projects you will complete in this course?

Students will complete a portfolio for external assessment, exhibition and university supplement.

Advanced Placement exam is available for this course.

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are available for this course. For more information on Advanced Placement, click here

Course Details

Barbara Harvey

"You should take this course if you are ready to explore and develop your three-dimensional skill. "

AP 3D Art and Design

ID: 46113 Grade: 10-12 Length: Year
Credit: Visual/Performing Arts
Prerequisite: Studio Art; or acceptable portfolio, plus teacher recommendation
Note: This course has a grade point weighting of 0.5.

This portfolio is intended to address sculptural issues. Design involves purposeful decision-making about using the elements and principals of art in an integrative way. In the 3D Design portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate their understanding of design principles as they relate to depth and space. The principles of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationship) can be articulated through visual elements (mass, volume, color/light, form, plane, line, texture). For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 3D design through any three-dimensional approach, including, figurative or non-figurative sculpture, architectural models, metal work, ceramics, and three-dimensional fiber arts. Students will be prepared for and strongly encouraged to sit for the AP exam in May.

What Our Students Say


I have seen myself grow throughout this course in terms of the risks I am taking as well as the confidence I have in the work I create. All in all, this course challenges you to work hard and persevere until you get the best you can. Ms.Harvey provides us with endless support and always reminds us that no mistake is ever bad, it helps us grow in ways we wouldn't think, she always says it's a happy mistake. If a work breaks, something good will come out of it if we think just a little harder. It will help to break boundaries by experimenting with different media.”Anousha Chowdhry,
Class of 2020

Results that Matter


Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams


of 3's, 4's, and 5's received in AP exams in 2018


Advanced Topics (AT) courses


of the Class of 2018 graduates were awarded cum laude commendations

What Our Alumni Say


The best advice I would give the students considering this course is, take it! This course is all about hands on experimentation and the manipulation of different mediums and materials to create something that is unique to one's vision. It is a course of academic rigor, but also one of great reward. It teaches you to work smart with your materials, and to genuinely think outside of the box. This course is very special to me, as it taught me to work smart, not only hard. It constantly reminds me that rigor is a prerequisite to all things in life, whether it be coursework or clubs or just independent living. This course prepared me for extreme long hours and taught me to be resilient and content with my hard work and progress. It taught me that nothing comes in a sudden, instead, all good things take time.

Li Wen Soh, Class of 2018