Reduced Hours and Activities During Late July/August

We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that amazing changes are underway at the CIA campuses during the summer and our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Please note that classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 28–August 21, 2017. Classes will resume on August 22.


  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.


  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At our California campus locations (Copia and Greystone), The Restaurant at CIA Copia and The Bakery Café by illy will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, Nao will be open for lunch and the outdoor taco stand will also be open.

Shopping, Classes, and More for Enthusiasts


    CIA Culinary Arts Associate Degree

  • If you have a passion for cooking and dream of building a career in food, our Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Culinary Arts degree program will help get you there. In just 21 months, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the thriving food industry.

    In CIA’s culinary arts associate degree program in California, you will:

    • Immerse yourself in both classic and contemporary culinary techniques in our unique series of hands-on classes—starting the very first week.
    • Explore and prepare many global cuisines, including those of Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Americas.
    • Learn the basics of baking, nutrition, menu development, food safety, writing, communication, and cost control.
    • Gain real-world experience and put your new knowledge into action with a 15-week externship at one of more than 2,000 food industry sites.
    • Develop your business skills with courses in management, communication, and finance.

    You’ll complete your degree in our student-staffed restaurant—the Gatehouse Restaurant—learning firsthand how to operate a successful restaurant from both the front and back of the house.

    Ready to get started? Apply today!

    Great Food Careers Start Here

    With a CIA degree, you don’t just have a foot in the door—you have thousands of feet in the door. Our alumni are an accomplished, supportive network throughout the industry, whatever your career goals. You can:

    And with so many possibilities out there, our Career Services staff is ready to help you every step of the way, not only for that ideal first job, but for a lifetime of great opportunities. There’s no network like the CIA network!

    The list of celebrated CIA alumni is as diverse as it is extensive. They’ve found success doing what they love. They fully embraced the idea that Food is Life®.

    Now it’s your turn.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (First Semester)

    Culinary Fundamentals*
    6 credits
    College Writing
    3 credits
    Professionalism and Life Skills
    1.5 credits
    Culinary Math
    1.5 credits
    Food Safety*
    1.5 credits
    Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
    1.5 credits
    1.5 credits
    Externship Prep Seminar I
    Externship Prep Seminar II
    Total Credits: 16.5 Credits
    * Students must receive a passing grade for both Culinary Fundamentals and the NRA ServSafe® examination (part of the Food Safety course) and meet GPA requirements in order to progress to the second semester of the freshman year.

    FRESHMAN YEAR (Second Semester)

    Principles of Menus and Managing Profitability in Foodservice
    3 credits
    Introduction to Food Systems
    3 credits
    Introduction to Gastronomy
    1.5 credits
    Meat Identification, Fabrication, and Utilization
    1.5 credits
    Seafood Identification and Fabrication
    1.5 credits
    Modern Banquet Cookery
    3 credits
    Introduction to À la Carte Cooking
    3 credits
    High-Volume Production Cookery
    3 credits
    Culinary Practical Examination I
    Externship Prep Seminar III
    Total Credits: 18


    Externship (Culinary Arts)
    3 credits
    Total Credits: 3

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (First Semester)

    Baking and Pastry Skill Development
    3 credits
    Garde Manger
    3 credits
    Cuisines and Cultures of the Americas
    3 credits
    Cuisines and Cultures of the Mediterranean
    3 credits
    Cuisines and Cultures of Asia
    3 credits
    Total Credits: 15

    SOPHOMORE YEAR (Second Semester)

    Wine Studies
    3 credits
    Introduction to Hospitality and Customer Service
    1.5 credits
    Culinary Practical Examination II
    Contemporary Restaurant Cooking
    3 credits
    Contemporary Hospitality and Service Management
    3 credits
    Formal Restaurant Cooking
    3 credits
    Formal Hospitality and Service Management
    3 credits
    Total Credits: 16.5


    As a culinary arts degree program student, you’ll complete your sophomore year by learning in our on-campus Gatehouse Restaurant, serving and preparing cuisine for customers in a dynamic real-world environment. And be sure to explore the option of transferring your associate degree credits to the bachelor’s degree program at the CIA’s Hyde Park campus—you get into so many more dimensions of the industry in the junior and senior years.
    • A high school diploma or GED credential.
    • Recommendation—One character letter of recommendation is required. It should be from an employer, teacher, or professional colleague either within or outside the foodservice industry. The letter should address your commitment to the food world, problem-solving ability, and persistence in either work or academics.

    How to Apply

    The CIA is very committed to making your CIA education as affordable as possible. Our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and here’s even better news—approximately 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

    Don’t let applying for financial assistance keep you from going to the world’s premier culinary college. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will work with you to help make attending the CIA an affordable investment in your future in the world of food.

  • William Heubel, CIA Chef-Instructor—Culinary Arts

    Faculty Spotlight

    William P. Heubel
    Associate Professor and Team Leader—Culinary Arts
    Professional Background:
    Executive Chef, Old Edwards Inn and Spa, Highlands, NC; Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa, Kona, HI. Chef de Cuisine, Canoe House Restaurant, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, Kohala, HI. Sous Chef, Four Seasons at Manele Bay, Lanai, HI; Highlands Inn, Carmel, CA; L'Auberge de Sedona, Sedona, AZ; Ventana Inn, Big Sur, CA.
    Thomas Wong, CIA Chef-Instructor—Culinary Arts

    Faculty Spotlight

    Thomas Wong ’86
    Professor and Team Leader—Culinary Arts

    AOS, CIA. Certificate, Kapiolani Commmunity College, Honolulu, HI.

  • 100% of CIA students get real-world experience during externships—there are more than 2,000 approved sites!