AP - Art - History


The AP Art History course should engage students at the same level as an introductory college art history survey. Such a course involves critical thinking and should develop an understanding and knowledge of diverse historical and cultural contexts of architecture, sculpture, painting and other media. It also provides an opportunity for schools to strengthen an area neglected in most curricula. In this course, students examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from the past and the present from a variety of cultures. While visual analysis is a fundamental tool of the art historian, art history emphasizes understanding how and why works of art function in context, considering such issues as patronage, gender, and the functions and effects of works of art. Many colleges and universities offer advanced placement and/or credit to students who perform successfully on the AP Art History Exam.

Content Approximate Percentages Total
I. Ancient Through Medieval   30%
A. Greece and Rome 10–15%  
B. Early Christian, Byzantine, Early Medieval 5–10%  
C. Romanesque 3–7%  
D. Gothic 7–10%  
II. Renaissance to Present   50%
A. Fourteenth Through Sixteenth Centuries 12–17%  
B. Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 10–15%  
C. Nineteenth Century 10–15%  
D. Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries 10–15%  
III. Beyond European Artistic Traditions   20%
– Africa    
– the Americas    
– Asia    
– Near East
– Oceania
– global Islamic traditions