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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, 16-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 to earn an associate degree or BS degree in Hospitality, Food and Nutrition, or Family and Consumer Science Education, if desired.

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
  • 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 will take in our Culinary Arts program.

Career Opportunities

The Academy will prepare you to start your culinary 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.

Associate Degree

A new Culinary Arts, Associate in Applied Science (AAS) is available. Start with the 16-month Culinary Arts Certificate and add 12 credits of liberal studies courses. Complete your final semester on campus or online.