Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts

What is Culinary Arts

The Culinary Arts degree course provides a pathway for creative employment opportunities within all aspects of the food industry. This is a programme that reflects developments in both national and international Culinary Arts education. It combines practical reflective classes in kitchens and restaurants with an in depth theoretical knowledge-base and the development of communication, critical thinking, problem solving and personal skills in its participants.

This degree programme reflects the strong partnership between education, the individual student and the hospitality and food industries. This course also provides students with a knowledge and understanding of kitchen technologies, the business aspects of culinary operations and the science and nutrition of food. Advanced culinary technical studies, combined with a wide range of learning opportunities, designed to develop the students’ innovative and artistic and managerial capabilities, are core elements of the programme.

Participants will also be introduced to the world of food photography and food styling and entrepreneurship. Other key features of the degree are the study of food product development and gastronomy which provides the context for the development and application of highly complex and artistic competencies. Finally, students on the programme gain the knowledge, skills and competencies required to develop creative teams, thereby facilitating the perpetuation and

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Why study Culinary Arts at IT, Tralee

IT, Tralee is located within the premier tourism hub of Ireland, which facilitates strong industry links and a professional network of employment opportunities. The college boasts a self-contained Hotel, Culinary and Tourism department, with five modern kitchens; purpose built demonstration kitchen theatre, a training restaurant and bar. A key strength of the department is the staff to student ratio which creates a supportive learning environment.

All staff come from a varied food industry background, which provides the opportunity to link both the theory and practice of culinary arts. The department also offers a number of unique scholarship exchange programmes, which brings an international dimension to this programme.

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What are my career opportunities

The course will allow students to develop their career in the following areas:

  • Professional Chef (Supervisory Level)
  • Pastry/Confectionary/Sugar Craft (Artistry)
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Photography/Styling
  • Entrepreneurs (owners and managers, consultancy)
  • Kitchen Management
  • Food Safety Consultancy

These opportunities are available in areas across the food industry such as:

  • Restaurants, cafés, bistros
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Industrial and contract catering - airlines, hospitals, school
  • Cruise liners
  • Food manufacturing and processing
  • Licensed trade


Other Information

Many past graduates of culinary arts programmes have opened their own successful food businesses such as coffee and pastry shops, restaurants, consultancies, agencies and many are artisan food producers. Programmes such as this provide students with excellent national and international employment opportunities. Students are also afforded the opportunity to partake in both national and international familiarisation trips, food industry competitions, and are introduced to many industry experts through guest lectures within the programme.


Graduates who successfully complete the BA Culinary Arts may be eligible to progress to level 8 where appropriate and available.