• CIA Culinary Arts
    Associate Degree

    If you have a passion for cooking and dream of building a career in food, our Associate in Applied Science (AAS) 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 the CIA San Antonio, 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 our 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 award-winning, student-staffed restaurant—Nao Latin Gastro Bar—learning firsthand how to operate a successful restaurant from both the front and back of the house.

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    Requirements

    • A high school diploma or GED credential. We do not have a minimum GPA requirement.
    • 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.

    Curriculum

    FRESHMAN YEAR, FIRST SEMESTER

    CourseCredits
    Culinary Fundamentals*
    6 credits
    Externship Prep Seminar I
    Non-Credit
    Externship Prep Seminar II
    Non-Credit
    Professionalism and Life Skills
    1.5 credits
    Gastronomy
    3 credits
    Introduction to Food Science*
    3 credits
    Mathematics
    1.5 credits
    Product Knowledge
    1.5 credits
    Total Credits: 16.5
    * Students must receive a passing grade for both Culinary Fundamentals and the NRA ServSafe® examination (part of the Introduction to Food Science course) and meet GPA requirements in order to progress to the second semester of the freshman year.

    FRESHMAN YEAR, SECOND SEMESTER

    CourseCredits
    Introduction to Management
    1.5 credits
    College Writing
    3 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
    Non-Credit
    Externship Prep Seminar III
    Non-Credit
    Total Credits: 16.5

    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 of the Americas
    2 credits
    Cuisines of the Mediterranean
    2 credits
    Cuisines of Asia
    2 credits
    World Cultures and Cuisines
    3 credits
    Controlling Costs and Purchasing Food
    1.5 credits
    Culinary Practical Examination II
    Non-Credit
    Costing Examination
    Non-Credit
    Total Credits: 16.5

    SOPHOMORE YEAR, SECOND SEMESTER

    CourseCredits
    Introduction to Hospitality and Customer Service
    1.5 credits
    Introduction to Wine Studies
    1.5 credits
    Contemporary Hospitality and Service Management
    3 credits
    Formal Restaurant Cooking
    3 credits
    Contemporary Restaurant Cooking
    3 credits
    Formal Hospitality and Service Management
    3 credits
    Menu Development
    1.5 credits
    Total Credits: 16.5

    TOTAL CREDITS FOR ASSOCIATE DEGREE: 69

     

    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.

    Careers

    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.

  • Hinnerk VonBargen, CIA Associate Professor—Culinary Arts

    Spotlight On: Hinnerk von BargenCulinary 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.