The Division of Drawing, Painting, and Photography in the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics offers a comprehensive approach to visual thinking and the making of artwork.

With equal emphasis on materials and concepts, the Division offers a broad range of courses and experiences to help students negotiate the myriad options available in contemporary art practice.

Through a progression of course work students can explore topics integral to each field, with respect towards both traditional and experimental practices. These courses, chosen with close faculty advisement, allow investigations which span and expand the range of what is possible in both thought and process. While a student may choose to concentrate wholly in one area of Painting, Drawing, or Photography, cross disciplinary work is also encouraged and valued.

The Division is actively involved with the Freshman Foundation program, providing faculty each semester to contribute to the teaching and evolution of this innovative curriculum. In addition, the Division shares responsibility with the Division of Expanded Media for all aspects of teaching and administering the MFA program in Electronic Integrated Arts.

In conjunction with the Santa Reparata International School of Art, the Division of Drawing, Painting and Photography has recently begun to offer a semester abroad in Florence, Italy. There, the students are immersed in the rich artistic traditions of this unique city and can use its influence in the pursuit of their own interests as contemporary artists. Through Santa Reparata, the Division offers a complete selection of studio classes as well as classes on Italian language and art history.