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Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Culinary Arts

Obtain the Skills and Business Acumen You Need to Launch an Exciting Food Service Career

Stratford University’s Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Culinary Arts is a leading culinary program designed to prepare you for entry into the food service industry. Accredited by the American Culinary Federation (*Falls Church and Baltimore campuses only), this comprehensive program will teach you the culinary skills and theory, regional cuisines, and domestic and international cooking techniques you need to launch your dream career.

To enhance your marketability and to help you advance into management, Stratford’s Associate in Advance Culinary Arts also integrates a liberal arts education, which will enhance your communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills and give you the edge in developing the business knowledge required to manage a foodservice operation.

A Rewarding Career is Waiting For You

Stratford University produces some of the nation’s top culinary professionals. Between 2011 and 2012, 88% of our alumni with an Associate in Advanced Culinary Arts degree were employed in their field of study or a related field. These employers included Marriott, Hyatt, Aramark, Kroger, Sodexo, Westin Hotels, and more.

Here is a sampling of the rewarding career paths waiting for you.

  • Chefs and Head Cooks
  • Food Service Managers
  • Private Cooks and Chefs
  • Food Preparation Workers
  • Cooks for Institutions and Cafeterias
  • First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Food Preparation

Gain Real World Experience

Stratford’s Associate in Advanced Culinary Arts will help you obtain valuable experience in food preparation. By completing a required Externship, you will become familiar with the daily operations of a food and beverage facility and gain valuable experience working in a commercial kitchen environment.

Take the next step toward launching your culinary career. Contact us to learn how to get started.

Community Service

As a prerequisite for completion of their program of study, students are required to complete four to six hours of voluntary community service activities during the 5th quarter of the program.

Teaching Methods and Distance Learning

During this hands-on learning experience, you will be exposed to a variety of teaching methodologies (i.e. lectures, lab exercises, cooking competitions, and dining events, etc.) designed to enhance your culinary skills. For in-class instruction, you can choose from our Baltimore, Maryland location or one of our Virginia campuses.

Our instructional options also include distance learning in which you may complete select courses online. You may also combine online course offerings with classroom instruction to decrease in-class time.

State-of the-Art Learning Environments

Stratford offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities that provide the perfect setting for developing and honing your culinary and hospitality skills. Our culinary and baking kitchens are equipped with tools and equipment found in commercial facilities and are used for time-tested classical preparations and teaching the trendiest most modern techniques. Our facilities accommodate small, hands-on lab activities and are designed to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing between instructors and students.

An Associate Program that Fits Your Busy Schedule

Stratford offers the convenience of flexible course schedules as well as full and part-time programs. Residential classes are offered day, evening, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule. All residential classes are blended with a portion of the course delivered online to reduce the time in the classroom. You can complete a class in five or ten weeks and start your program five times a year (January, March, May, August, and September).

Scheduling flexibility contributes tremendously to student success. Between 2011 and 2012, 100% of full-time and 83% of part-time AAS Culinary Arts students completed the program on time.

Visit Student Disclosures to obtain tuition and fee information, graduation and employment rates, and other student consumer data on Stratford’s Associate in Advanced Culinary Arts program.

Code Name Credits
Culinary Theory and Sanitation
Kitchen Fundamentals
Introduction to Cooking Techniques
Garde Manger
Elements of Entree Production
Fundamentals of Baking
Pastry Arts
Advanced Culinary Theory
Nutrition & Menu Planning
Dining Room Service
Hospitality Supervision
Culinary Skills Externship I

See the Arts and Sciences Elective Pool Requirements

Code Name Credits