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    CIA Culinary Arts Associate Degree

  • For the Love of Food

    Make food your life in the CIA Associate in Culinary Arts degree program. You’ll not only build the core skills used by every chef; you’ll chart your own path toward a lifelong career doing what you love. Learn to prepare a wide variety of dishes and cuisines, manage people, and use state-of-the-art equipment—all in less than two years! Come make our trademark hands-on learning approach and expert, industry-proven faculty work for you.

    Highlights:

    • Learn how to develop flavor, employ classic and contemporary culinary techniques, create menus, and prepare global cuisines.
    • Study the ways successful culinary professionals manage restaurants, high-end catering, food trucks, and other food-related businesses.
    • Gain real-world experience through a paid internship semester at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners. (Already have experience? Check out our Turbo Option.)
    • Develop food business smarts with study in management, communication, and finance.
    • Discover how real public restaurants are operated—hands-on, in our award-winning, live-action restaurant classrooms that serve thousands of customers annually.
    • Network with top food industry employers who recruit at the CIA throughout the year.

    Ready to get started? Apply Today!

    Earning a CIA associate degree is also a perfect way to seamlessly enter one of our bachelor’s degree programs.

    Become a Leader in the Food World

    Whether at restaurants, hotels, casinos, or other dining venues, find the career path that’s just right for you:

    • Executive chef
    • Food and beverage management
    • Food writing
    • Media and public relations
    • Research and education
    • Hotel management
    • Restaurant ownership

    With so many possibilities, our Career Services staff is ready to help you every step of the way. There’s no network like the CIA network, which includes some of the world’s most renowned culinary, beverage, and hospitality experts.

    The list of celebrated CIA alumni is as diverse as it is extensive. They’ve found success doing what they love. Now it’s your turn.

    Get CIA's Top Culinary Careers Whitepaper

    Curriculum

    New York and California Campuses

    The 69-credit Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Culinary Arts degree program includes:

    • 54 credits in culinary arts requirements
    • 9 credits in liberal arts requirements
    • 6 credits in business management requirements

    You will get a hands-on experiential foundation in the culinary arts, including classic and contemporary cooking techniques, flavor and menu development, nutrition, wines, production cooking, and world cuisines.

    As part of your degree program, you’ll get real-world experience during a semester-long internship at one of more than 2,000 CIA-approved businesses, as well as in the kitchens and dining rooms of the CIA’s award-winning public restaurants.

    Texas Campus

    The 69-credit Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Culinary Arts degree program includes:

    • 48 credits in culinary arts requirements
    • 15 credits in liberal arts requirements
    • 6 credits in business management requirements

    You will get a hands-on experiential foundation in the culinary arts, including classic and contemporary cooking techniques, flavor and menu development, food systems, wines, production cooking, and world cuisines.

    As part of your degree program, you’ll get real-world experience during a semester-long internship at one of more than 2,000 CIA-approved businesses, as well as in the CIA’s award-winning public restaurants.

    See catalog for curriculum details

    Requirements

    • 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

    Culinary School Costs

    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—more than 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.

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  • Cool Courses You’ll Take...

    Cool Courses in Culinary Arts

    Work with new ingredients and flavors in the CIA culinary arts degree program, with courses that may surprise you.

    Check them out

  • Contact Us

    Admissions Office
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
    Alt. Phone: 845-452-9430
    Fax: 845-451-1068
  • Kersti Bowser, CIA culinary arts alumni, is owner of Gourmet Butterfly Media & Special Events

    Alumni Spotlight

    Kersti Bowser ’01
    Owner, Gourmet Butterfly Media & Special Events
    "There is a clear difference in students who come out of the CIA versus other schools."
    Hinnerk VonBargen, CIA Associate Professor in Culinary Arts at our San Antonio campus.

    Faculty Spotlight

    Hinnerk von Bargen
    Professor and Team Leader—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.
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