School of Arts & Languages

Departments & Programs

Our programs in the School of Arts & Languages provide the training you need to become a more aware, engaged, and prepared global citizen. Gain cultural and linguistic proficiency through your study of languages and literatures. Or, make your art your career, and build a portfolio that captures your artistic skills in one of many exciting, creative mediums. With a strong connection to the local arts community and cultural institutions, we strive to meld your comprehensive education with the preparation you need to flourish in your career, helping you satisfy important transfer requirements and excel in your industry of choice.

Art and Fine Art Program at San Diego Mesa College

Art & Fine Art

Learn the techniques and histories that have produced a world of cultural and artistic innovation. Our arts programs introduce you to the fundamentals of traditional and digital art forms, with opportunities to share and present your work during our student exhibitions. With our on-campus Art Gallery, we strive to enrich our community through art. Explore our Art and Fine Art Programs.

Nathan Betschart Department Chair - Art-Fine Arts School of Arts & Languages 619-388-2204 Office: G-240
Cara Smulevitz Assistant Chair - Art-Fine Arts School of Arts & Languages 619-388-2322 Office: G-205

Art / Fine Art Degrees & Certificates

Dramatic Arts Program at San Diego Mesa College

Dramatic Arts

Engage in a dramatic arts training program with hands-on production experience. You will grow alongside the Mesa College Theatre Company (MCTC), our supportive community of thespian students and faculty members who use their talents in storytelling and design to explore the human condition, connect with the past, and create new possibilities. Explore our programs in the Dramatic Arts.

George Ye, MFA MA Assistant Chair - Dramatic Arts School of Arts & Languages 619-388-5920 Office: G-207
Jesse Keller, MFA Assistant Chair - Dramatic Arts School of Arts & Languages 619-388-2342 Office: G-219

Dramatic Arts Degrees & Certificates

Language Program at San Diego Mesa College


Expand your linguistic and cultural knowledge in one of our foreign language programs. You may choose to take courses in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese or pursue even greater comprehension and communication skills in one of our language degree programs. Or, take your learning to new horizons and see what it means to be a global citizen by earning college credit through a Study Abroad program.

Hannah Padilla Barajas Department Chair - Languages School of Arts & Languages 619-388-5722 Office: G-236
Michael Harrison Assistant Chair - Languages School of Arts & Languages Office: G-235

Languages Degrees & Certificates

Music Program at San Diego Mesa College


Compose your own music. Join an ensemble. Try out a new instrument. Learn about music technology. There are so many ways to get involved in a Music program at Mesa College. We offer 81 active courses, including entry-level music skill-building, to prepare you for transfer and employment within California’s growing entertainment field. Explore our music classes.

N. Scott Robinson Department Chair - Music School of Arts & Languages 619-388-5956 Office: C-214

Music Degrees & Certificates

Dean of Arts & Languages

Leslie Shimazaki
Leslie Shimazaki Dean School of Arts & Languages 619-388-2873 G-201