Printed on 10/20/2021

Culinary Arts

10-316-1 Associate Degree (AAS)
Part Time and Full Time
60 Credits
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day: Day and Evening
Also Offered in Accelerated Format
Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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If you want to take your love of cooking to the next level, a career in culinary arts might be right for you. You’ll learn how to prepare soups, meats, vegetables and desserts as well as sauces, side dishes and salads. You’ll learn what it takes to coordinate and direct the work of kitchen staff – everything from menu planning and buying supplies to final presentation. In addition, you may manage budgets and coordinate food preparation with service. Whether you want to work at a local café or own your own fine dining establishment, this program (offered in a standard or accelerated format) will give you the foundation you need.

Career Opportunities

  • Baker
  • Banquet Chef
  • Catering Manager
  • Executive Chef
  • Head Cook
  • Pastry Chef
  • Restaurant/Food Service Manager
  • Sous Chef


Estimated Program Cost

Culinary Arts

This program will cost about $10,655.55*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $600.00*.

Textbooks will cost about $1,122.70*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


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Culinary Arts

Term Fall 2021 Spring 2022 Summer 2022

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Skills Assessment

    An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

  • Credit Transfer Options

    They're your credits. Take them with you!

    Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

    Transfer In

    Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

    Transfer Out

    Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

  • Program Outcomes
    • Apply principles of safety and sanitation in food service operations
    • Apply principles of nutrition
    • Demonstrate culinary skills
    • Manage food service operations
    • Plan menus
    • Analyze food service financial information
    • Relate food service operations to sustainability
  • Program Accreditation/Certification
    This program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF). In this program, you will obtain National Restaurant Association SERVSAFE sanitation certification, Responsible Beverage Certification, American Heart Association First Aid, CPR & AED certification, and will be eligible to obtain the rank of Certified Culinarian from the American Culinary Federation.

    2020 Program Outcomes
    - Graduation rate: 21% of students starting in 2017-18 graduated by 2019-20
    - Job placement rate: 86% of graduates were employed in their field of study
    - ACF Certification rate: 57% of graduates received ACF Certification within 1 year of program completion

    2019 Program Outcomes
    - Graduation rate: 13% of students starting in 2016-17 graduated by 2018-19
    - Job placement rate: 77% of graduates were employed in their field of study
    - ACF Certification rate: 36% of graduates received ACF Certification within 1 year of program completion

    2018 Program Outcomes
    - Graduation rate: 23% of students starting in 2015-16 graduated by 2017-18
    - Job placement rate: 79% of graduates were employed in their field of study
    - ACF Certification rate: Not available
  • Additional Information
    You are required to have a uniform, kitchen shoes and knife set.

    This program may require professional licensure or certification; FVTC has determined that this program meets professional licensure requirements in the state of Wisconsin; however, FVTC has not determined if this program meets professional licensure requirements for other states.

  • Undecided?

    Still undecided about your major or exploring your career options? Check out these resources to identify your personality traits, values, abilities and interests – important considerations when choosing a career. You’ll also find details about scheduling a college visit and contact information for our career counselors if you’d like more personal assistance. We’re here to help you explore your options.

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