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    Application Deadline
  • 20 months
The A.A.S. in Culinary Arts degree at Kendall College fuses the art and science of cooking together with an introduction to restaurant management practices. Alongside rigorous culinary training, you’ll investigate some of the leadership and collaboration strategies you’ll need to excel in a career in food.
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You’ll start by exploring the fundamentals of cooking, then move on to advanced culinary techniques and skills. You’ll apply your knowledge as you prepare food for Kendall’s on-campus venues, including our Zagat-rated, Michelin Guide–recommended fine-dining restaurant. This A.A.S. in Culinary Arts degree at Kendall College prepares students to confidently enter any caliber of restaurant and to eventually step into roles of significant responsibility in the professional kitchen.


These courses are fundamental to the associate in culinary arts program:

  • Foundations of Professional Cooking I and II – Learn essential knife skills, food safety, seasonings, art of sauce and soups and food pairings. Cultivate a refined palate to detect nuances and shifts in taste.
  • Nutritional Cooking – Learn nutrition concepts and apply them directly into the kitchen. Covered within each week—from a chef’s perspective—are topics like weight management, food labeling, food allergies, digestion, diabetes and heart disease. Contemporary ethical food issues will be addressed through cooking for vegetarian, vegan and religious dietary menus.
  • Prep, Fire, Plate – This course challenges students to apply the concepts and techniques learned in prior classes to demonstrate their skills. This course will further teach students how to work in an organized manner under pressure and prepare students to cook with urgency and accuracy.
  • Professional Growth and Development I, II, III – Designed to achieve two aspects of the industry, professional growth and development. Students will take a practical assessment on skills obtained in their foundational courses and receive feedback to the professional growth of the program compared to industry benchmarks.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 20 months
    • Average part-time duration 56 months
  • Credits
    65 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Café Production
  • Food Ethics
  • Garde Manger
  • Advanced Methods of Cooking
  • Foodservice Purchasing
  • Prep, Fire, Plate
  • Professional Growth and Development 

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.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Complete application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where you registered and/or attended. In order to be considered official, transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution.
  • Applicants with less than 10 semester hours of transferable college credit must submit an official high school transcript, sealed in the original envelope with graduation date posted.
  • Official military transcripts, military certificates (including Army, Navy, Marine Joint Services or CCAS-Air Force transcripts), nationally recognized certificates and CLEP/DANTES test scores may also be submitted for evaluation. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8041 USD per semester and a duration of 20 months.
  • National

    16082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8041 USD per semester and a duration of 20 months.
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We are pleased to announce that for all students starting in the Summer 2020 (July) term, NLU is offering brand new, reduced tuition rates for Kendall College programs! The new international tuition rates are listed below:

$8,041 Rack Rate Tuition per Term at 14+ QH Per Term 

  • Reduced from $8,443 Rack Rate Tuition per Term at 14+ QH Per Term
  • Savings of $402 per term, $4,824 lifetime savings when completing 12 terms

Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


10% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All NLU Undergraduate Programs including Hospitality Management
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

25% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Programs
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

50% #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

  • Awarded to Two Students Every Fall Term
  • Eligible to Freshman Undergraduate Students Only
  • Deadline is July 1st

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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