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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 >
  • John Reilly, CIA Associate Professor—Culinary Arts

    Faculty Spotlight

    John Reilly ’88
    Professor—Culinary Arts
    Learn more about John Reilly ’88, faculty member at the CIA.
    Hinnerk VonBargen, CIA Associate Professor in Culinary Arts at our San Antonio campus.

    Faculty Spotlight

    Hinnerk von Bargen
    Professor—Culinary Arts
    Originally from Rotenburg/Wûmme, Germany, I hold a Master Chef Certificate from the Chamber of Commerce in Hamburg. Having been raised in the family-owned Hotel—Zum Schwarzen Ochsen—I found my vocation early and hospitality continues to be a way of life for me. Before coming to the CIA, I held professional positions at The Kempinski Hotel, Beijing, China; The Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg Germany; The Cascades Hotel, Sun City, Bophutatswana, South Africa; and The Plaza Hotel, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Did You Know?


    More than 90% of CIA students receive scholarships and financial aid.
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