Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts

This Culinary Institute of Virginia educational program prepares students for success in the competitive field of food service. In less than 15 months, a student can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts.

Our Culinary Arts Program includes:

  • Standards-Based, Hands-on Training
  • Emphasis on professional culinary skills
  • Student Externships throughout the Program to Build Your Experience and Resume
  • Convenient year-round scheduling

Demand for qualified chefs can be global – there are no geographic boundaries!

As more people opt for the time-saving ease of letting others do the cooking, the need for workers to oversee food preparation and serving is expected to increase over the 2008-18 decade, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.1

For more information about this program, please see the program description in the University Catalog. Culinary Arts Program Description

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition (Chefs, Head Cooks, and Food Preparation and Serving Supervisors)

Choose a section below to further explore the Culinary Arts program:

Entry-level culinary employment opportunities for graduates include:

  • Corporate and Independent Restaurants
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • On- and Off-Premise Catering
  • Schools and Universities
  • Hospitals and Retirement Communities
  • Corporate Dining Services
  • Cruise Liners
  • Bake Shops/Pastry Shops

Future Possible Careers For This Program

12.0503 Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant
35-2012.00 Cooks,
Institution and Cafeteria
35-2013.00 Cooks,
Private Household
35-2019.00 Cooks,
All Other


Time frame: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 Award Year 2012-13


How long will it take to complete this program?


The program is designed to take 15 months to complete.
59% of graduates from this program finish in this time.
The median time for graduates to complete this program is 21 months.



What is the total cost of this program for me?


At ECPI University, programs are competitively priced and are designed to help you achieve your goals. Through our year-round schedule, you could earn your Associate’s in 1.5 years. That can give you the edge over students at other colleges who might still be attending class.

Program Cost/Tuition Chart
Books & Supplies $1,380.00
Tuition and Fees $30,000.00
Total Tuition $31,380.00

Foundation course requirements can result in additional costs and increase the time to graduation. Actual cost may vary depending on actual time to graduate, and subject to any necessary tuition increases. (for all programs and schools)


Time frame: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 Award Year 2012-13.


What are my financing options to pay for the program?


In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, graduates used loans to finance their
education. The median debt for program graduates is:

Loan Type Amount
Federal Median Loans $13,245
Private Median Loans $0.00
Institutional Median Loans $84.00