The arts at Maricopa

The arts create a platform for expression of all kinds. Maricopa Community Colleges offer a wide range of opportunities for students wishing to expand their knowledge of the arts, pursue a career in their passion, or round out their course of study in another field. Areas of study include music, dance, theatre, and visual arts.

Award-winning performances

Our students are recognized year after year for their outstanding creative onstage performances.

World-class venues

When you step onto one of our stages, you’ll feel like a professional performer — which is just as it should be.

Acclaimed faculty

Learn from our classically trained and working performing arts instructors.

Members of a music ensemble play their various instruments, such as a bass and a clarinet


For instrumental and vocal musicians alike, music is more than notes on a page. Enhance your talent and your love of music through performance and coursework in areas including:

• Commercial Music

• Instrumental

• Music Business

• Music Composition

• Music Education

• Music History and Literature

• Music Performance

• Music Theory

• Voice

A group of dancers, the primary dancer in the foreground, move flowing costumes, contrasting against somber background


Enjoy professional training that prepares you for a career in dance. Or take the opportunity to study the art of dance as a way of understanding history, other cultures, and the human body. In our programs, you’ll find opportunities to explore:

• Dance

• Dance Humanities

• Dance Technology

A group of dancers in couples in old-fashioned costumes perform a musical-theatre number


Beyond career opportunities in film, television, or stage, a theatre background can help you in a wide variety of other fields, including advertising, law, politics, theology, or social work. In our programs, you’ll study:

• Technical Theatre

• Theatre and Film

• Theatre Arts

• Theatre Performance and Production

A model in an elaborate costume and mask poses as a part of the overall exhibit in front of a wall mural composed of footprints


Whether you express yourself with paint or clay, charcoal or watercolors, a visual arts education can help you refine your techniques and embark on a career you’ll love. We offer opportunities to study:

• Art

• Art History

• Sculpture

World-class venues

From modern, airy galleries to state-of-the-art theatres, Maricopa Community Colleges has many world-class venues designed to showcase the work and talents of its dedicated students, as well as local artists and touring companies.
Exterior daytime view of the Performing Arts Center at Estrella Mountain Community College

Estrella Mountain

Opened in 2015, EMCC's Performing Arts Center has quickly become the West Valley's destination for dance, music, storytelling, and theatre.

View of architecture in the evening at the Center for the Performing Arts at Paradise Valley Community College

Paradise Valley

The acclaimed Center for the Performing Arts is home to student productions and touring acts as well as educational programs.

Interior, with sunlight streaming in, of the Eric Fischl Gallery at Phoenix College


Admired for its open design, outdoor patio, and view of the downtown skyline, the Eric Fischl Gallery hosts numerous shows each year.

View of seating and stage from above of performing arts venue at Mesa Community College


Completed in 2014, the Performing Arts Center has a spacious 462-seat venue, as well as classrooms, music practice rooms, faculty offices, and a scene shop.

Performing arts at the colleges

Our colleges offer various opportunities to participate in and study the arts. Explore what’s available at a campus near you.

Community College

2626 E. Pecos Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85225


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Estrella Mountain
Community College

3000 North Dysart Rd.
Avondale, AZ 85323


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Community College

108 N. 40th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034


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Community College

6000 W. Olive Ave.
Glendale, AZ 85302


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Community College

1833 West Southern
Mesa, AZ 85202


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Paradise Valley
Community College

18401 N. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85032


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Phoenix College

1202 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013


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Community College

9000 E. Chaparral Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256


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South Mountain
Community College

7050 S. 24th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85042


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