Culinary Arts Program

  • Culinary students and an instructor stand around a table each holding glasses of wine for a tasting

    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 12 months (three semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer), and you will spend your final semester at a paid externship.

    Graduates earn a Certificate in Culinary Arts or continue their studies in Hospitality, Food and Nutrition, or Family and Consumer Science Education to earn the BS degree.

    A few of the things you’ll study

    • Classical, contemporary, and international cooking methods
    • Baking and Pastry Arts
    • Artistic plate presentations
    • Food purchasing and cost controls
    • Restaurant management
    • Wine appreciation and beverage management
    • Industry food trends and menu design
    • Management and motivation of employees
    • Leadership and communication skills
    • Computer applications in food service

    Read about the courses you’ll 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 four-year degree from a nationally recognized program in hospitality, nutrition, or family and consumer science education.

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