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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 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 cookery and international cuisines
  • 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

Graduates of the culinary and baking programs are prepared to enter the industry as cooks. With experience, they 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

IUP offers culinary arts as a certificate program, allowing us to deliver more hours of food-related instruction to you in a shorter period of time. If you prefer a degree program, we suggest you look at our combination programs of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management or Culinary Arts and Food and Nutrition. These programs give you the best of both worlds: more hours and hands-on time in the kitchen and a bachelor’s degree from nationally recognized programs as well.

  • 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.