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    CIA Associate Degree Programs

  • Feed Your Passion and Creativity

    You’re going to love our associate degree programs because you’ll be doing what you love! You’ll get creative in our kitchens and bakeshops, and learn in courses that are 100% focused on food. Discover new ingredients, techniques, flavors, and so much more. Then put it all into practice during your internship, and by preparing and serving food in our public restaurants and bakery cafés.

    Choose your major, master your mise en place (French for “everything in its place”), and get ready to succeed in the food world.


    Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts

    Baking and Pastry Arts

    Looking for a creative career with a sweet payoff? Major in baking and pastry arts. In less than two years, you’ll learn to craft high-end breads, chocolates, confections, pastries, and plated desserts.



    Associate Degree in Culinary Arts

    Culinary Arts

    Love to cook? Want to be a top chef or restaurateur? The culinary arts major is for you. You’ll explore global cuisines, develop creative menus, manage staff, and gain key organizational skills.


  • Real-World, Live-Action Classrooms

    You just won’t find this many opportunities to get real in the food world anywhere else—the most on-campus, student-staffed restaurants around, and an internship at one of 2,000+ leading food businesses (that’s a lot of industry contacts!)
  • Have Prior Work Experience? Go Turbo!

    Earn your CIA degree in as little as 15 months with this accelerated degree program option. Learn more >
  • Lilla Bernal '99, CIA Lecturing Instructor—Baking and Pastry Arts, San Antonio campus.

    Faculty Spotlight

    Lilla Bernal ’99
    Assistant Professor—Baking and Pastry Arts
    Professional Experience:
    Menu Consultant, Victoria House resort, San Pedro, Belize. Vendor, Pearl Farmers Market, San Antonio, TX. Pastry Chef, Biga on the Banks, San Antonio.
    Zachary Bryant, CIA New York Associate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts student.

    Student Spotlight

    Zachary Bryant
    Associate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
    "Every single chef I've met has changed my life for the better. Each provided extensive and wise knowledge of the kitchen and life in general. I'll never forget what my chefs have taught me."
  • Did you know? 74% of leading food employers surveyed prefer to hire CIA grads.