Diploma in Culinary Arts

Do you love working with food and want to become a creative professional in this field?  The Diploma in Culinary Arts is an advanced professional cookery qualification that covers the theoretical and practical skills to work in a professional culinary environment.

Papers cover the professional cookery concepts and systems essential for managing a professional kitchen. You study in AUT’s outstanding facilities, which are rated among the best in Australasia and resemble a professional culinary arts environment.

Minimum entry requirements

  • NCEA: 48 level 2 credits or higher including eight level 2 credits in any one subject from Classical Studies, Drama, English, Geography, Health Education, History, History of Art, Media Studies, Social Studies or Business Studies, Economics, Physical Education, Te Reo Māori, Te Reo Rangatira.
  • CIE: 60 points on the UCAS Tariff, including any one subject similar to the NCEA subjects listed above.

Selection criteria

  • Interview may be required.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) of 5.5 overall with all bands 5.0 or higher; or equivalent.

Other requirements

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.

Skills needed for culinary arts courses

Year 1

Papers this year lay the foundation of professional cookery concepts and systems essential for managing a professional kitchen.

Complete the following papers

Year 2

Papers in Year 2 build on from Year 1 and help you develop confidence in your culinary and supervisory skills.

Complete the following papers

Preparing you for City and Guilds qualifications

On successful completion of Year 1, you have the option to sit the City and Guilds Certificate in Food Preparation and Cooking Principles.

On successful completion of Year 2, you have the option to sit the City and Guilds International Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts).

Exit qualifications

This programme incorporates the:

  • Certificate in Professional Cookery
  • Certificate in Advanced Professional Cookery

These certificates are available as exit qualifications within the Diploma in Culinary Arts.

  • Professional chef
  • Product development
Quick facts
Programme code:
2 years full-time
City Campus

25 Feb 2019

15 Jul 2019

$6,450 - $6,467
  • This represents the tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2018. Exact tuition fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range. As fees are subject to change, 2019 tuition fees may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.