CULINARY ARTS DEGREE

Culinary Institute of Virginia offers a year-round schedule, so you can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts in as little as... Read More!

Earn Your Degree FAST!

Through our Year Round, Accelerated Schedule!

Earn Your Degree FAST!

Through our Year Round, Accelerated Schedule!

Earn Your Degree FAST!

Through our Year Round, Accelerated Schedule!

Earn Your Degree FAST!

Through our Year Round, Accelerated Schedule!

Culinary Arts Degree

in Hampton Roads
in Newport News, Virginia
in Norfolk, Virginia
in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Culinary Institute of Virginia offers a year-round schedule, so you can earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts in as little as 15 months. Working alongside professional chef instructors in a hands-on environment, your course work will evolve from basic culinary techniques to advanced à la carte food preparation. From orientation to graduation, emphasis is placed on the business aspects of operating a profitable kitchen, better preparing you for leadership opportunities.

Through our program, students will have experience preparing both American and International recipes for an expansive variety of dishes, including, soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, breads and pastries. Graduates can be prepared for a range of positions in the food service industry, such as a cook, pantry cook, banquet cook, line cook or sous chef.













Program Description

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. Students can apply and expand on their education during two “real-world” externships.

Culinary Skills & Techniques

The foundation for any professional chef, these concepts lay the groundwork for basic skills and techniques that will be applied throughout a career in culinary arts.

  • Mise en Place & Kitchen Organization
  • Cooking Methods & Principles
  • Baking & Pastry Fundamentals

Advanced Culinary Arts

While reinforcing the fundamentals of cooking, advanced courses provide students with the opportunity to explore their creativity and individuality.

  • Plating & Presentation Techniques
  • International Ingredients, Methods, & Cuisines
  • Garde Manger & Culinary Artistry

Culinary Operations Management

These courses provide insight on the role of management in ensuring a safe and profitable business, both in and out of the kitchen.

  • Kitchen Sanitation & Safety
  • Purchasing & Storeroom Management
  • Supervision for Food Service

Degree 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

Possible Career Tracks

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

Why ECPI University's College of Culinary Arts?

At ECPI University's College of Culinary Arts, our supportive faculty and staff are dedicated to your success from the moment you arrive on campus. Our tradition of hands-on, student-centered education is an effective way to build skills, and our flexible, accelerated programs are designed to accommodate your schedule. From student support services to employer partnerships, ECPI University's College of Culinary Arts is committed to our students’ success.


You'll receive accelerated learning from real-world professionals in the Culinary Arts industry. You can gain your diploma in less than 45 weeks and associate’s degree in 15 months.

Whether you choose to attend day, evening, or weekend classes, you will find the flexibility you need to complete quickly.


From the first day on campus, our career services advisors begin preparing you for the day you graduate.

For seven straight years, ECPI University has been named “Best for Vets” by Military Times, and it’s easy to see why!

Get started today. Complete the form on this page, or call us at 866-700-1597 for more information on our Culinary Arts Degree at ECPI University.


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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. Students can apply and expand on their education during two “real-world” externships. While reinforcing the fundamentals of cooking, advanced courses provide students with the opportunity to explore their creativity and individuality.

Culinary Arts Career Outlook

  • Projected growth of chefs and head cooks is 9%, according to the BLS Government Website.1


The median annual wage for chef and head cooks was $43,180 in May 2016." - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics2


Exemplary Program Awards | ECPI University Exemplary Program Awards
The Culinary Arts Degree and Diploma programs at Culinary Institute of Virginia's Norfolk campus are recognized as Exemplary Programs by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.


Top Ranking | ECPI University Top Ranking
Culinary Institute of Virginia, College of Culinary Arts of ECPI University is ranked the Top Culinary School in Virginia by Best-Culinary-Colleges.com.


"I was totally prepared to step into any kitchen. It just brings everything together."

Michael Hendricks
Culinary Institute of Virginia Graduate