Culinary Arts Associate Degree

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts
A.S. in Culinary Arts
Overview

Prepare meals that keep customers coming back! Culinary professionals are behind the scenes preparing every meal we purchase, all over the world. As more people opt for the time-saving ease of letting others do the cooking, the need for food service professionals is expected to increase over the 2008-18 decade, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.*

Our culinary program is focused not only on culinary skills, but also the business of operating a profitable kitchen.  ECPI University’s College of Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of Virginia,  offers a year-round schedule, so you can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts in just 15 months.

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

Program Description

Visit the Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV) and you will find it humming with activity. Sure there are classrooms, but most of the campus feels like an actual model of the food service industry…kitchens of all kinds, dining rooms, food pantries, freezers, and more. Here, students learn by doing.

Modern culinary trends are taught in terms of classical cooking techniques to provide students with a strong foundation of skills desired by today’s employers.  And cooking is only a part of what we teach in our kitchens and classrooms - time management, research, technology utilization, team building, and goal setting – are all skills that students will develop under the guidance of their faculty.  

You’ll work closely with CIV’s highly-accomplished chefs who teach subjects like:

  • Culinary Fundamentals
  • Pantry Kitchen
  • Culinary Nutrition
  • Introduction to A la Carte
  • Baking and Pastry Fundamentals
  • Meat Selection and Fabrication
  • Front of House Management
  • Supervision of Food Service
  • A la Carte Cooking
  • International Cooking
  • Garde Manger
  • Advanced Baking and Pastry Arts 

Finally, CIV’s externship program gives you the opportunity to work in a restaurant, hotel, club, or other food service operation so you can gain real-world experience, thereby:

  • Enhancing your cooking skills and techniques
  • Exposing you to the skills and knowledge of industry professionals
  • Broadening your view of the food service industry

Possible Career Track

Upon graduation, graduates with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts can seek employment in a variety of work settings including:

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

Curriculum

Program Requirements

Core Curriculum

42 semester credit hours

CAA105

 

Culinary Skills

2

CAA110

 

Culinary Techniques

2

CAA115

 

Kitchen Essentials

3

CAA120

 

Culinary Fundamentals

2

CAA130

 

Pantry Kitchen

2

CAA140

 

Introduction to a La Carte

2

CAA150

 

Baking and Pastry Fundamentals

2

CAA200

 

Meat Selection and Utilization

2

CAA205

 

Front-of-House Management

3

CAA210

 

Garde Manger

2

CAA215

 

A La Carte

3

CAA230

 

Advanced Baking and Pastry Arts

2

CAA240

 

International Cuisine

2

CAA255

 

Procurement and Food Service Cost Control

3

CAA260

 

Culinary Nutrition

3

CAA270

 

Supervision for Food Service

3

CAA280

 

Externship-CUL I-a

1

CAA285

 

Externship-CUL I-b

1

CAA290

 

Externship-CUL I-c

1

CAA295

 

Externship-CUL I-d

1

Arts and Sciences

15 semester credit hours

COM115

 

Principles of Communication

3

ENG110

 

College Composition

3

HUM205

 

Culture and Diversity

3

MTH120

 

College Mathematics

3

PSY105

 

Introduction to Psychology

3

Self-Integration

3 semester credit hours

CAA100

 

Essentials for Success

3

Program Outcomes

The objective of the Culinary Arts Degree program is to educate and train prospective culinarians with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to compete for employment in the Culinary Arts field. Students will be able to demonstrate the attributes of a good cook including stamina, dexterity, hand-eye coordination, timing, and the ability to work well with others. Students learn restaurant management skills and proper ways to serve food to restaurant patrons. In order to manage the food preparation environment and collaborate with other food service professionals, each student will develop their oral and written communication skills. Upon successful completion of this degree program, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply sound judgment and ethical practices in the culinary environment
  • Apply Serve-safe standards to insure a safe and secure foodservice outlet
  • Apply technical and analytical skills as they relate to foodservice
  • Communicate effectively to various audiences
  • Practice continuous improvement in the Culinary Arts
  • Collaborate effectively with team members to achieve success

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