Culinary arts A.A.S.

  • A culinary student cutting vegetables.

    Culinary arts A.A.S.

    Earn your associate degree in culinary arts from an accredited program with a 100 percent job placement rate.

Explore the culinary arts associate degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Prepare to be a chef, commercial baker or pastry chef. Or, become the owner of a restaurant, catering company or bed and breakfast. As the premier training center for Alaska's hospitality and tourism industry, UAA offers a culinary arts degree program that will qualify you for rapid career advancement in the fast-growing food service industry.

Study abroad in Florence, Italy
Learn from top chefs in one of the culinary capitals of the world. UAA culinary arts majors have the opportunity to study abroad in Italy for one semester at Apicius, the Culinary Institute of Florence. With state-of-the-art culinary and wine classrooms in breathtaking historic spaces, the program features hands-on training with top instructors, as well as once-in-a-lifetime field experiences in Italy. Learn more about the culinary arts program in Florence.

Financial aid
UAA’s Community and Technical College offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to help with tuition and educational costs, including the UAA Culinary Arts Scholarship and the HRA Apprenticeship and Training Scholarship Fund. Learn more about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Culinary arts A.A.S.

Degree Type:

  • Associate

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC)

Other program options: B.A. in hospitality and restaurant management; minor in nutrition

What can you do with a culinary arts degree from UAA?

UAA alumni from the culinary arts degree program go on to successful careers in Alaska restaurants, hotels and just about any other food-service locale. The A.A.S. is also ideal for food-service professionals who wish to update their skills and knowledge with specific courses.

Culinary arts careers
  • Head chef
  • Executive sous chef
  • Executive pastry chef
  • Restaurant manager
  • Food and beverage director
  • Food safety specialist
  • Catering manager

By the numbers..

Job placement rate for A.A.S. in culinary arts alumni
UAA Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Restaurant Management Division

Culinary arts associate degree program highlights

The culinary arts associate degree program boasts a 100 percent job placement rate and is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. The following are just a few of the unique opportunities you’ll benefit from as you pursue this major:
  • Study for a semester in Florence, Italy. Work alongside award-winning chefs as you develop your craft, with Italy as your classroom. You will be able to apply credits earned in Florence towards your UAA culinary arts degree.
  • Learn from top faculty. Culinary instructors bring many years of industry experience to the program. Small classes allow for close mentorship and one-on-one learning.
  • Work in state-of-the-art kitchen and bakery lab facilities. Spacious learning labs in Cuddy Hall allow you to train on the same state-of-the-art equipment that you will find in the professional cooking world.
  • Take part in UAA’s Celebrity Chef Invitational. This annual event gives culinary arts majors the opportunity to work with top chefs from Alaska and around the world. Learn more about the Invitational.
Culinary students attending a lecture.

Learn from award-winning chefs and experience Italy’s culture and cuisine first hand when you study abroad at Florence University of the Arts (FUA). Find out more about spending a semester abroad.

A semester under the Tuscan sun

Culinary arts associate degree program curriculum

This two-year associate degree program provides a foundation in culinary arts, with a focus on food preparation, baking skills, cost control, operations and management. Elective courses cover a wide range of subjects such as financial accounting, business law, photography, art appreciation and nutrition.

Top classes for culinary arts majors

  • A la Carte Kitchen
  • Advanced Bakery
  • Hospitality Service
  • Foodservice Management