Bachelor of Culinary Arts

This programme will provide you with the hands-on experience to learn specialised and innovative culinary techniques with a competitive edge. Business modelling, brand development and marketing strategies will be a feature of your studies. Through real-life projects with local businesses, you’ll develop the skills to apply your knowledge to everyday situations. Your individual projects are tailored to be responsive to the area(s) of food that interest you.

About the programme

Got a passion for food and cooking, a curious mind and a desire to experiment with food?

The only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, your career aspirations are the key driver behind how we structure our courses and teaching methods in this degree.

Projects are designed to be responsive to the area(s) of food that interest you most so we can tailor your learning. 

Gaining hands-on experience in our training kitchens, you'll develop technical and creative thinking skills, including specialised culinary techniques, and ways to develop new and innovative offerings to give yourself a competitive edge. 

Business modelling, brand development and marketing strategies will all feature in your learning. And small class sizes guarantee you'll receive individual attention and guidance from our award-winning teaching staff.

Our degree also takes sustainable practice seriously. You'll learn how to reduce waste and discover innovative ways to reuse and recycle food. Plus, through hands-on projects with local employers and businesses, you'll develop real-world skills and apply your knowledge in everyday situations. 

Got experience in the food industry? 

We offer a one-year, work-based distance programme for people with relevant leadership experience. 

We can measure your existing knowledge and skills against the Bachelor of Culinary Arts and give you academic credit towards this degree using our Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process - so, you can keep working full-time while you complete your study! 

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YEAR ONE

Course Title

Level

Credit

Culinary Design Fundamentals

5

30

Contemporary Culinary Practice and Design

5

30

Baking and Dessert Design

5

15

Sensory Design for Food

5

15

Culinary Management and Leadership

5

15

Food Experience Design

5

15

TOTAL

 

120

YEAR TWO

Course Title

Level

Credit

Food Product Design

6

30

Culinary Systems Design

6

15

Studio Workshop 1

6

15

Studio Workshop 2

6

15

Food Business Concept Design

6

15

Culinary Menu Design and Development

6

15

Food Event Logistics

6

15

TOTAL

 

120

YEAR THREE

Course Title

Level

Credit

Food Design Methods and Philosophy

7

15

Applied Culinary Professional Practice

7

30

Studio Workshop 3

6

15

Major Food Design Project

7

45

Exhibition of Food Design Practice

7

15

TOTAL

 

120

 

Health and Safety 

There are a number of Occupational Safety and Health issues associated with practical work in a commercial hospitality environment. These include, but are not limited to, burns from hot liquids or hot objects and cuts from sharp instruments. You will have access to an orientation booklet which covers such risks in more detail. 

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.