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Culinary Arts Program

Culinary Arts students

Gain a solid foundation in the world of Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts at IUP will give you the education you need to work as a professional in the food industry. Our program is an accelerated, sixteen-month (four-semester) program, nationally recognized and accredited by the American Culinary Federation.

You will study on the culinary campus for twelve months (three semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer), and you will spend your final semester at a paid externship

Culinary Arts is the first component of all culinary program options. Graduates earn a Certificate in Culinary Arts or continue their studies in Hospitality, Nutrition, or Dietetics to earn the B.S. degree.

A few of the things you will study

  • Classical, contemporary, and international cooking methods
  • Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Artistic plate presentations
  • Food purchasing and cost controls
  • Restaurant management
  • Menu and kitchen design
  • Management and motivation of employees
  • Leadership and communication skills
  • Computer applications in food service.

Read about the courses you will take in our Culinary Arts program.

Career Opportunities

Culinary Arts will prepare you to start your career as a culinarian in the best kitchens in the world. With experience, graduates become chefs, caterers, owners and operators of restaurants and B&Bs, food stylists, food critics, personal chefs, sales representatives, culinary educators, and more.

Degree vs. Certificate

Be better prepared to excel on the job! You will receive more hours of food-related instruction in a shorter period of time in our professional certificate program as compared to associate degree programs lasting 18 months to two years. We also offer the option to pair a BS degree with Culinary Arts for the best of both worlds: comprehensive culinary training and a 4-year degree from a nationally recognized program in hospitality or nutrition.

  • Academy of Culinary Arts
  • 1012 Winslow Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767
  • Phone: 800-438-6424
  • Fax: 814-938-1158
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.