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Culinary Arts
Associate Degree
63 Credits
Central Campus (Janesville)

Flexible Learning Options

Numerous classes in this program are offered in one or more of these formats. Learn more.

What You’ll Learn

"No one is born a great cook, one learns by doing." – Julia Child

You have a passion for food and we have a passion for teaching – two key ingredients that make up a delicious dish called Culinary Arts. If you enjoy experimenting with food and creating unique recipes for your family and friends, why not parlay that interest into a career in the foodservice industry? In this program, you’ll learn the principles of food preparation, quantity production, equipment layout and operation management skills, as well as delving into food science and artistry and the business skills needed to take you wherever you want to go. You’ll also learn the art of catering, ice sculpting and food presentation.

Our graduates have gone on to intern at world-class facilities in Chicago, Hawaii, Las Vegas, Miami and New York, open their own restaurants or catering business, and work as executive chefs, sous chefs, hospital chefs, country club managers, restaurant managers, etc. The opportunities are wide and with a career in food service, you’ll never have a dull moment!

You can start the program in May, August or January and you can pursue your degree full- or part-time. And, to make the schedule even more flexible, many of the general education courses are available online or blended (online and face to face). 

The Culinary Arts program at Blackhawk Technical College has been honored by the Wisconsin Board of Vocational Technical and Adult Education with the Exemplary Educational Service Award and is accredited by the American Culinary Federation.

Estimated Program Costs & Potential Earnings

Average Wage


*based on WTCS Outcomes Report for 2017 Graduates

Potential Careers

Kitchen Manager
Executive Sous Chef
Restaurant Manager
Lead Cook
Kitchen Supervisor

Career Pathway

Previous education and work experience could qualify for Credit for Prior Learning saving you time and money. Find out more about what may apply to this program.

Culinary Arts

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