Fine & Performing Arts

The Fine & Performing Arts at Merced College offer associates degrees and certificate programs emphasizing the development of intellectual and artistic abilities.  Students have many transfer and skills-based courses to choose from within the visual and performing arts fields and receive extensive opportunities for gaining practical experience within their area of study. 

  • Our talented faculty bring their many years of professional experience and accomplishments to the classroom and our dedicated staff provide helpful support for students. 
  • Art Gallery exhibitions feature the works of local and regional artists, as well as student and faculty shows. 
  • Our live performances provide opportunities for students to develop performance-related skills in both music and theatre.  We also host visiting performances and guest presentations in our theater as part of our annual calendar of events. 

The area faculty and staff are dedicated to assisting students achieve their educational goals, including transfer to a 4-year university, obtaining an associate’s degree or certificate, and life-long learning.  Visit the respective departments for a more detailed listing of available courses and programs.

Areas of Study


Art Building - Room 12 (across from Room 6)
Merced Main Campus
(see campus map)


John Albano
John Albano

Dean of Fine & Performing Arts and Social Sciences
(209) 386-6777,

Faculty Contact Information

Available on the Fine & Performing Arts Faculty & Staff page.