Culinary Arts A.A.S.

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    Culinary Arts A.A.S.

    The Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration Division helps students acquire the culinary skills, management skills and hospitality finesse for a career in the hospitality and food service industry.

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

The Culinary Arts A.A.S. at UAA is a cutting-edge program accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF) that introduces you to seasoned professionals, the hottest trends and constantly-evolving curriculum to reflect rapid-fire changes in our industry. Students in this program learn how to write recipes, shop for ingredients, stay within an acceptable food cost percentage and sell final product. Upon successful completion of the degree, students will be ACF-certified culinarians.

Study abroad in Florence, Italy
Students in the culinary arts program have a unique opportunity to study abroad in Florence, Italy at the FUA APICIUS: International School of Hospitality. 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.

Upon completion of core and laboratory courses, students may elect to attend a semester abroad to fulfill their elective requirements.

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. 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.S. in Applied Technologies Leadership with a minor in Hospitality Administration; OEC in Culinary Arts; OEC in Baking and Pastry Arts

Did you know..

The culinary arts program at UAA is the only accredited culinary program in the state of Alaska which gives our graduates an advantage when entering industry.

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, entrepreneurship 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.

Culinary arts careers

  • Executive chef
  • Executive sous chef
  • Executive pastry chef
  • Restaurant manager
  • Food and beverage director
  • Catering manager
  • Restaurant Owner/Operator

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 program boasts a 100 percent job placement rate and is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC). 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 and 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.
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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
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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 beverage management, hospitality concept design, business entrepreneurship and nutrition.


Top classes for culinary arts majors

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