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Culinary Arts

Degree Type: 

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Minimum Total Credit Hours to Complete: 


  • CTE
    CTE (Career & technical education programs for job training)

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts at Piedmont Virginia Community College blends professional and technical courses in the culinary arts with general academic courses to provide you with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills needed for entry-level jobs in the foodservice industry. The program includes a required internship to apply and put into practice what you learn in a real-time setting and to gain insights into your chosen field.

New Students Interested in Beginning PVCC's Culinary Arts Degree Program are Required to Attend One of the Free Information Sessions Listed Below in Order to Enroll. The session will cover class descriptions, tips for success in the program, student materials and supplies, and instructions for meeting with a Culinary Arts faculty member to register for classes.  Attendees will tour PVCC's culinary teaching facilities and meet Associate Professor of Culinary Arts Eric Breckoff.  All sessions are held at the PVCC Jefferson School Center, 233 4th St., NW, in downtown Charlottesville.  For more information, please call 434.961.5255.

  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m., Rm. J125
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 4-6 p.m., Rm. J127
  • Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-noon, Rm. J125
  • Thursday, Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-noon, Rm. J125

Jobs this program prepares you for: 

  • Baker
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Cook, Cafeteria
  • Cook, Private Household
  • Cook, Restaurant
  • Food Service Manager
  • Head Cook

Required Courses: 

Linked classes are classes that are currently available in the class search.
SDV 101 First Year Success / 1 Credit Hours
HLT 100 First Aid and CPR
HRI 128 Principles of Baking
HRI 145 Garde manger / 3 Credit Hours
HRI 159 Introduction to Hospitality Industry Computer Systems
HRI 215 Food Purchasing
HRI 251 Food and Beverage Cost Control I
Social Science Elective
Humanities Elective

Additional Program Information: 

Graduation Requirement

Students entering the Culinary Arts degree program are required to take one Writing Intensive Course in order to graduate.  The Writing Intensive Course for this program is either HRI 206 or HRS 207, which has a prerequisite of ENG 111 and ENG 112.  Students who are awarded transfer academic credit for this course at another institution may fulfill the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement for this program by completing another Writing Intensive Course (WIC).


  • List of courses that fulfill the requirement for Humanities and Social Science Electives can be found on the  Culinary Arts Degree Requirements.
  • Students may substitute a higher-level math course to include MTH 152, 163, 164, 173, 174, 180, 271, 279 or 286.

Printable  Culinary Arts Degree Requirements.