culinary arts tucson hospitality program



The term “culinary arts” comprises the work that is done to prepare, cook and present food. With the culinary concentration, cooking classes provide hands-on learning opportunities in food preparation including baking, contemporary and classical cuisine.  Kitchen management and academic skills prepare the students to experience the practical industry related job roles.  If you have a passion for cooking and have a creative mind-set, then a career in the culinary arts can bring you into a wide range of enterprises and offer you many opportunities to grow from an entry level chef to a food and beverage director or even into a chef/owner position. You may combine and customize your Culinary Arts courses into a management focus.


Associate of Applied Science

Courses focus on culinary management, budgeting and hands-on food preparation.  Explore art of cooking, based on the principles of classic French and contemporary American cuisines.


Before enrolling: You must interview with a Culinary Arts faculty member.

Career options: Become a cook, menu planner, caterer, dining room manager or work in other culinary positions.

Academic options: While this degree was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs.  See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Location: Desert Vista Campus



Courses focus on cold foods, hot foods, baking, nutrition, safety/sanitation, and general restaurant operations.


Before enrolling: You must interview with a Culinary Arts faculty member.

Career options: Gain entry-level employment as a cook, menu planner, dining room manager or other culinary positions.

Academic options: Continue your studies by completing the Associate of Applied Science degree.

More Information:  Program Costs & FAQs 

Location: Desert Vista Campus




Mario Diaz de Sandy
Desert Vista Campus, A153
(520) 206-5302


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