chance me thanks!

<p>It is one of the amusing abuses of the AP system. Since there is no AP test, there should not be an AP course, yet when a school names it with AP it gets special treatment by college admissions officers, who assume it is college level material. </p>

<p>You can list the class on your application, since you legitimately took it, but I wouldn't list it under APs when posting places like here because generally of its somewhat questionable status. Here is the list of the AP tests. AP</a> Courses - Advanced Placement Course Descriptions </p>

<p>A class that is AP should be preparing a student to take one of these and thus gain college level credit. It is not just another way of saying "honors" or "advanced".</p>

<p>The college board is working on a change where they will certify schools use of the term AP in a course name due in part to misuse of the term. There are also schools that call a course AP but don't actually teach the material needed to pass the test. They just use the naming to make the course sound more impressive and to help the students get an advantage if the college admissions office doesn't know the details of that class.</p>

<p>Here is the new program that will stop the abuses <a href="http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>However, there is an AP Studio Art exam and photography could be the vehicle for studying that. AP:</a> Studio Art is the description and it does match the OP's mention of submitting a portfolio. </p>

<p>The new AP guidelines would require them to either name the class as AP Studio Art or something like Photography (AP Studio Art) but they could not just add AP to a name that does not exactly match an official test name - AP Photography is no longer a legit name for a class to prepare for the AP Studio Art test.</p>

<p>I had a feeling it was just a class that they threw "AP" in front of to make it seem more impressive.</p>