Culinary Arts Programs of Study

  • Transform your love of cooking into a rich, rewarding, and tasty career

    If you have a love for cooking, a craving to transform sweet and savory ingredients into memorable sensory experiences, the Academy of Culinary Arts is the place for you. Big enough to prepare you for your culinary dreams, yet small enough to tailor your education to fit your needs. You can choose from Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry and add a Culinary associate degree or a bachelor’s degree, or a Culinary Arts in a related field, if desired. 

    Small classes provide the ideal environment for our industry-experienced chefs to actively mentor and empower you to become an innovative leader in the culinary field. Chef instructors will know your strengths and potential, guiding you to a career path starting with your externship.

    The IUP Academy of Culinary Arts provides the benefits of a large university in a small setting. Our classrooms and laboratories feature leading edge equipment and technology. You will spend more hands-on production time with quality food than you would at any other culinary program in the country.

  • Culinary Visit Program

    February 8, 2019
    Punxsutawney, PA

    March 1, 2019
    Punxsutawney, PA

    March 29, 2019
    Punxsutawney, PA

    Visit us and enjoy demonstrations, food tastings, and more while you talk with students and chef instructors in both the culinary and baking and pastry programs.

    For more information, visit Culinary Academy Visit Programs.

  • Why IUP’s culinary arts program?

    student working in the culinary academy kitchen

    An IUP Academy of Culinary Arts education delivers an excellent return on investment. 100 percent of our students are offered externship positions, and 85 percent are offered jobs in four- or five-star and diamond properties. Many students are recruited by employers before they graduate. Alumni succeed in all types of food operations and often cite the great impact of their IUP Academy of Culinary Arts experience.  

    The reality is that when you begin a culinary career, you will start at an entry level. After that, it’s up to you. Your culinary classes at IUP will provide you with the technical skill and confidence you need to be successful in the kitchen, and that will take you far in your career. And you will have the ability to tailor your education to your interests, such as combining your culinary education with an undergraduate degree or an associate’s degree so you can pursue a wider range of career options.

  • Culinary Arts Program

    In this 16-month program, you’ll study culinary theory and technical methods while learning about new foods, flavors, and cuisines. You’ll also sharpen your business skills with computer and management courses. 

    Baking and Pastry Program

    The Baking and Pastry program is 16 months and offers you small class sizes where you will learn to create delicious, delectable pastries and cakes, magnificent showpieces, and the finest chocolates. You’ll receive optimal personal training while you work side-by-side an experienced, certified executive pastry chef every day.

    Culinary, Associate Degree

    Give yourself a competitive edge in today’s job market.  Continue your studies for one additional semester to earn your associate degree. Start with our 16-month Culinary Arts Certificate and add just 12 credits of liberal studies course. 

    BS Degree Options

    One of the hottest job-growth areas in the hospitality industry is for culinary graduates with practical experience and a four-year degree.  You can apply credits from the Academy of Culinary Arts toward four-year degrees at IUP in Hospitality Management, Nutrition, and Family and Consumer Science Education.

    The IUP Difference

    Curriculum and Instruction. The hourly amount of hands-on production time at IUP is unparalleled by any other culinary program in the country.

    Paid Externship. 100 percent of our students are offered paid externship positions. At our Externship Sponsor Fair in the spring semester, you will have a chance to meet executive chefs and human resource representatives and be interviewed for your paid externship. 80 percent of our students accept externship positions in four- and five-star or diamond properties.

    Job Opportunities for Grads. We have an enviable track record when it comes to our graduates getting into great places to work. Four out of five students receive offers of permanent employment from their externship sponsor. Job-Line, the academy's online job posting service, includes regional and national culinary employment options, and our Alumni Referral Service provides grads with career networking assistance for life.

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