A.A.S., Culinary Arts

Our Associate of Applied Science curriculum* with a Culinary Arts concentration is designed to give you the expertise needed to enter the food service or restaurant industry in a mid-level position. Completion of this rigorous 60-credit-hour culinary arts degree program qualifies you for employment in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, snack bars, retirement homes, and other places. 

Requirements for this culinary arts degree include 16 credit hours for general education, 4 credit hours for support courses, and 40 credit hours for specialization courses in our Chicago culinary institute. Your study in the culinary arts world includes theory and practice, as well as the opportunity to receive your sanitation certificate, a must-have for work in this field. 

What Jobs can you get with a Degree from a Chicago Culinary Institute? 

As part of the food and beverage industry, someone who holds a culinary arts associate’s degree can be guaranteed a job in many kitchens (and out of kitchens as well). Whether working in production or distribution, your part in the process of delivering food and beverage to consumers is a crucial part and one that employers and kitchen managers are looking for. You can even get jobs teaching about food. If you wish to express your artistic self with food, there are jobs for you. 

Pastry Chef 

Have a sweet tooth? A pastry chef is in charge of a restaurant or bakery’s baked goods. They can also work in a catering company, hotel, or another food service company. Besides working with baked goods, a pastry chef might be in charge of a dessert menu. 

Food Technologist 

Your role is to guarantee that food products are safe and meet specific standards of health inspectors or the FDA. A food technologist looks at the whole development process of food. You will approve the nutritional data, write product descriptions, and make sure all of the food is following USDA regulations. 

Food Safety Specialist 

Similar to a food technologist, a food safety specialist ensures that food is safe for human consumption. Following food from a farm to the dining table, you have a crucial role in making sure consumers are eating food that is safe. 

Food Stylist 

Allowing for a bit of artistic expression, a food stylist designs, prepares, and plates food for photography or on-air demonstrations. You can work for magazines, online food channels, or a television show, and you even might be able to conduct live demonstrations at private events. 

Resources

Learn more about how you can receive SAC’s Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts below, and how Saint Augustine’s programs have helped others.  

Success Stories: As the number one school in Illinois in raising students’ income, and having a second higher graduation rate than comparable institutions in Chicago, we are proud to present a few of our outstanding students below who have stood out and demonstrated Saint Augustine’s dedication to success. 

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Empowered to Succeed

As a graduate of the A.A.S. in Culinary Arts program*, you will be prepared to:

  1. Understand concepts focused on culinary techniques, procedures, styles, and services.
  2. Apply knowledge and show proficiency in culinary specifications and categories, as well as structure organizational skills.
  3. Apply basic and advanced food preparation techniques to culinary skills.
  4. Demonstrate safe handling and use of food, cooking equipment and tools.

*The general education core for this degree complies with guidelines of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).

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List of Classes and Credit Hours for AAS Culinary Arts

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