We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 27–August 19, 2019. Classes will resume on August 20.

Admissions

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

Restaurants

  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to www.ciarestaurantgroup.com for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena, CA, The Bakery Café by illy will be open, but Gatehouse Restaurant will be closed.
  • At The CIA at Copia in Napa, CA, The Restaurant at CIA Copia, Grove, and Contimo Provisions will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, the CIA Live Fire Kitchen will be open Thursday–Sunday, and Savor will be closed.

Shopping, Classes, and More for Enthusiasts

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    CIA Culinary Arts Associate Degree

  • No matter your experience level, at the CIA you can prepare for a rewarding culinary career through our Associate in Culinary Arts degree program. You’ll start with the fundamentals, immersing yourself in classic and contemporary culinary techniques as well as global cuisines. This will help you build the core skills utilized by every chef before taking on more advanced coursework.

    The expert, industry-proven faculty will ensure you receive the best hands-on learning experience that gives you the foundation for a successful career. After you’ve earned your degree in less than two years, you’ll be able to demonstrate expertise in preparing a wide variety of meals, maintaining state-of-the-art kitchen equipment, and managing staff. A CIA associate degree is the perfect way to seamlessly enter our bachelor’s-level programs. Or hit the ground running by pursuing a CIA bachelor’s degree in your first year!

    Highlights:

    • Advance your culinary techniques, product knowledge, and food handling and organization skills.
    • Understand the basics of baking, nutrition, menu development, food safety, cost control, and wine.
    • Learn how successful restaurateurs and chefs manage their businesses, high-end catering, food trucks, and other food-related operations.
    • Gain real-world experience through a semester-long paid internship at one of the CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners. (If you already have food industry experience, you may be eligible to have your internship waived via our Turbo Option).
    • Develop your business skills with courses in management, communication, and finance.
    • Experience firsthand how successful restaurants are operated in our award-winning, student-staffed dining establishments right on campus. All CIA restaurants are real-world, live-action classrooms that serve thousands of customers annually.
    • Have access to—and network with—top food industry employers who connect with the CIA throughout the year to recruit students.

    Ready to get started? Apply Today!

    An Industry Brimming with Opportunity

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment opportunities for chefs will grow nine percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the national average for other careers. You’ll find plenty of employment opportunities at restaurants, hotels, casinos, and other upscale dining establishments. Career options include:

    • 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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  • Our Next NY Open House

    Aug
    23
    Admissions information and open house event for adult & transfer students wishing to apply to The Culinary Institute of America.
  • Our Next CA Open House

    Aug
    27
    Admissions information and open house event for students wishing to apply to The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. Get your culinary school questions answered now!
  • Our Next TX Open House

    Aug
    21
    Admissions information and open house event for students wishing to apply to The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio.
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    Cool Courses in Culinary Arts

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

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  • Contact Us

    Admissions Office
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
    Phone: 1-800-CULINARY
    Alt. Phone: 845-452-9430
    Fax: 845-451-1068
  • Robert RJ Yoakum, CIA Associate Degree in Culinary Arts student and athlete at CIA Hyde Park, NY.

    Student Spotlight

    Robert R.J. Yoakum
    Associate Degree in Culinary Arts
    Basketball and cooking are clearly two things RJ is very passionate about, and he often relates what happens on the court to the goings-on in the kitchen.
    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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