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    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 the culinary arts associate degree program at CIA NY, 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 paid 15-week externship at one of our more than 2,000 food industry employers.
    • Develop your business skills with courses in management, communication, and finance.

    You’ll complete your degree in two of our award-winning, student-staffed restaurants—the American Bounty Restaurant, The Bocuse Restaurant, or Ristorante Caterina de' Medici—learning firsthand how to operate a successful restaurant from both the front and back of the house.

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    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

    CourseCredits
    Culinary Fundamentals*
    6 credits
    Professionalism and Life Skills
    1.5 credits
    Culinary Math
    1.5 credits
    Food Safety*
    1.5 credits
    Nutrition
    1.5 credits
    Externship Prep Seminar I
    Non-Credit
    Externship Prep Seminar II
    Non-Credit
    College Writing or College Writing for ELLs (English Language Learners)3 credits
    Total Credits: 16.5
    *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

    CourseCredits
    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
    Non-Commercial Foodservice and High-Volume Production Cooking
    3 credits
    Culinary Practical Examination I
    Non-Credit
    Externship Prep Seminar III
    Non-Credit
    Total Credits: 18

    EXTERNSHIP

    CourseCredits
    Externship (Culinary Arts)
    3 credits
    Total Credits: 3

    SOPHOMORE YEAR, FIRST SEMESTER

    CourseCredits
    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

    CourseCredits
    Wine Studies
    3 credits
    Introduction to Hospitality and Customer Service
    1.5 credits
    Culinary Practical Examination II
    Non-Credit
    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

    TOTAL CREDITS FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE: 69

    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—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.

  • John Reilly, CIA Associate Professor—Culinary Arts

    Faculty Spotlight

    John Reilly ’88
    Associate Professor—Culinary Arts
    Professional Background:
    Executive Sous Chef, Hotel Metropol, Moscow, Russia. Sous Chef, Hotel Splugenschloss, Zurich, Switzerland; Cafe Madeline, Gallows Bay, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
    Robert RJ Yoakum, CIA culinary arts student

    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.
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