• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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This Culinary Arts degree at Auckland University of Technology brings together key culinary techniques and advanced theoretical concepts in food science, technology and ethics. It’s designed to develop your creativity and provide the springboard for your career in culinary arts. It's suitable for a wide range of students - from students who are coming directly from secondary school to industry professionals wanting to further their skills.

Key facts

There’s an emphasis on practical and professional skills. You can tailor the degree to your interests and include papers from related disciplines like food science, hospitality, tourism, event management, human resource management or marketing.

In your first year, you become familiar with culinary arts as a discipline. You collaborate with your classmates to discuss culinary arts culture and explore concepts of sensory appreciation. This year, you choose a single major, minor or a double major to study in your second year. In Year 2 and 3 you take more advanced culinary arts papers.

Career Opportunities 

  • Artisan food producer
  • Consultant
  • Owner/operator small business
  • Food and beverage manager
  • Food stylist
  • Product developer
  • Professional chef
  • Teacher

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • International Students: Applications will be processed up to the start of the semester depending on programme availability.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    360 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Academic Communication: Conventions and Expectations
  • Culture and Society
  • Knowledge and Inquiry
  • Advanced Culinary Showcase
  • Professional Culinary Arts
  •  Commercial Culinary Practice
  • Contemporary Cuisine in Aotearoa
  • Nutrition and Wellbeing

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Cambridge International Examinations, International Baccalaureate (IB) or NCEA results.
  • High school qualification: Equivalent to New Zealand Year 13.
  • The practical side of this programme involves using commercial kitchen tools and equipment and requires you to demonstrate a level of skill that doesn’t compromise any health and safety standards for yourself and others.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17766 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17766 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    3798 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3798 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Domestic: NZ$6,242 - 7,010
    • International: NZ$29,216 ($7,384 Māori Development only)

Living costs for Auckland

  • 1400 - 2200 NZD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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