Culinary Arts

Degree Type: 

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Culinary Arts

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.

Attendance at an information session is required for entry into PVCC's Culinary Arts program for the spring 2016 semester. The session is held at the PVCC Jefferson School Center, 233 4th St. NW.

For Current Students: Advising Session
Monday, October 19, 4-6 p.m., classroom J125
Thursday, October 22, 5-6:30 p.m., classroom J125
Monday, October 26, 4-6 p.m., classroom J125
Thursday, October 29, 5-6 p.m., classroom J125

For New Students:  Information and Advising Session
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 5-7 p.m., classroom J112
Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, classroom J112
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5-7 p.m., classroom J112
Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-noon, classroom J112
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m., classroom J112
Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-noon, classroom J112

If you have questions about the program or any of the above sessions, please contact Eric Breckoff, Associate Professor of Culinary Arts at 434.961.6534 or

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.

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