Culinary and Pastry Arts Degree – Online!

Virginia College Online currently offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts online (photo courtesy of freshlymadephotos on flickr).

Virginia College Online currently offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts online (photo courtesy of freshlymadephotos on flickr).

Virginia College Online

Virginia College was established in 1983 and currently enrolls approximately 5,000 students. Nationally accredited through ACICS, the chain of institutions offers degrees and certificates in criminal justice, health care, paralegal, cosmetology and network engineering.

Culinary Arts: A Brief Review

The art of preparing and cooking food is known as culinary art. Typically, one who works with food does so in restaurants, a delicatessen, and hospitals, but additional opportunities are available in businesses, nursing homes, and gyms. Students who study the culinary arts can also work as a food critic, writer, consultant, or instructor once their talent has been established in the community.

There are notable culinary institutes located on four of the seven continents; by providing students access to similar information they can gain the education they desire without having to sacrifice family, work, or location.


  • School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa


  • ITM School of Culinary Arts, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India


  • École des trois gourmandes, Paris, France

North America

  • Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York

Program Outline

Virginia College Online currently offers an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts via the university’s Culinary Institute, Culinard. The program’s curriculum, which requires 77 weeks of full-time study (long if students choose to attend part-time), is focused on preparing students for occupations as chefs, cooks, and restaurant supervisors/ managers. According to the University website, graduates of Culinard should be able to calculate food cost, develop menus with nutritional information, understand the basic process and design of commercial kitchen design and be aware of the elements involved in hospitality marketing.


Virginia College Online’s tuition for the online Culinary and Pastry Arts Degree is currently $16,800.00, which includes all books and supplies. Financial Aid may be available for those who qualify, so the institution encourages students to contact the Office of Admissions to begin the application process and speak with a Financial Aid Representative.

Career Services

Upon completion of the program, graduates are offered the opportunity to work closely with Career Services to find employment in their field of study. Currently, according to VCO, the Culinary and Pastry Arts Degree Program has an impressive 100% placement rate.

Why Study the Culinary Arts?

Aside from the obvious – that everyone eats food – students who study the culinary arts are instructed not only on the necessary techniques needed to cook and present meals in restaurants, but also how to plan menus and recipes, purchase restaurant supplies, manage kitchens and train staff. The restaurant industry is constantly evolving and expanding, giving students the opportunity to expand their interests and abilities.

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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