Degrees and Certificates

Program Overview

At the Academy of Culinary Arts, you can work toward a degree, take specialized courses, or just develop basic job skills. We offer accredited degree programs and certificate programs, that you can take on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time classes meet 7 a.m.-noon or 12:30-5:30 p.m. In addition, the college's continuing education division offers a four-month non-credit culinary training program. All programs are designed to prepare you for the real-world challenges of the food and beverage industry. We can help you construct a program that's right for your goal.


Associate in Applied Science degree programs

Degree programs feature hands-on and academic training, plus an externship for real work experience in the U.S. or in Europe. After graduation, you can seek a job or transfer to a four-year college. You choose from three tracks:
Option: Some students who have degrees or don't need a college degree take only the culinary courses and graduate with a certificate in approximately three semesters. These one-year certificate programs offer the basics for entry-level positions so you can quickly get into the workplace.
Entry-Level Training

Culinary Training Program

If you're eager to get started right away in an entry-level job in cooking or baking and pastry, the non-credit four-month culinary training program can position you to succeed. As you focus on mastering cooking principles and practical techniques, you'll have a chance to determine which areas you want to specialize in. You'll also prepare for a special exam that leads to a nationally recognized certificate, the National Restaurant Association Food Service Sanitation certificate. During the program, you'll take the exam. When you've completed the four-month program successfully, you'll receive a certificate of completion.

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