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Associate Degree Program

What is Culinary Arts?
The Culinary Arts degree prepares students for employment in the culinary field. The program emphasizes technical and theoretical knowledge, combined with the practical applications of cooking, baking, serving, and management skills. The associate of applied science degree program includes culinary arts courses and college-level general education courses. The program also helps prepare student for the National Restaurant Association SERVSAFE Certification. The program is only offered full-time, during the day.

Prerequisite Courses
Diploma level proficiency in English, Reading, and Math

Degrees and Certificates
  • Culinary Arts, AAS
  • Culinary Arts, Diploma
  • Prep Cook, Certificate

Length of Program
4 - 5 semesters

Semester Program Begins
Fall and Spring Semesters

Application Process


  1. Applicants to the Culinary Arts Program must meet all Admissions requirements; complete an application and pay the application fee. Apply to Gwinnett Technical College at and submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work, and take the ACCUPLACER test if required.
  2. After officially being accepted to GTC, students may contact the Culinary Arts Administrative Assistant, Lisa Masi, at 678-226-6641 or, in order to set up an appointment with the Culinary Arts Program Director, Chef Kerri Crean, to discuss expectations and additional cost.
  3. Students must attend the mandatory Culinary Orientation, which is held in the spring and fall semesters. This orientation is designed specifically for the Culinary Arts Program, to ensure your success in the program. At that orientation, students register for classes and order required supplies.




QUICK FACTS: Chefs and Head Cooks

2015 Median Pay $41,500 per year / $19.95 per hour
Entry level Education Associate's degree
Number of jobs, 2014 82,900
Job Growth, 2024 18% (much faster than average)