Food Design Institute

Pathways for Bachelor of Culinary Arts

Whether you are starting your journey from the very beginning or want to extend your existing skills, we can customise your learning. We have three delivery pathways to complete our Bachelor of Culinary Arts.

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No previous experience

Most students complete their Bachelor of Culinary Arts full-time, at our Dunedin campus. You’ll have access to state-of-the art facilities in our training restaurant, and spend time learning and creating alongside experienced and highly-regarded lecturers who are experts in the field.

You have experience

If you have experience working in the food industry or have partially completed some study, you may be able to gain recognition for your skills and knowledge. This can give you flexibility in studying the Bachelor of Culinary Arts, including simultaneously working and studying. We have two assessment methods:

Assessment of Prior Learning (APL)

Using our Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process, we can measure your existing knowledge against the Bachelor of Culinary Arts and give you academic credit towards this degree.

This option is a one-year, distance programme – meaning that if you’re employed, you won’t need to leave your job to achieve this qualification.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you believe you have met some of our course requirements already through previous food or design study, you can apply to receive academic credit for these.
You may be eligible for full credit for specific courses within our programmes, or partial exemption for specific courses, through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
You will need to provide evidence of your previous study and assessment for consideration for RPL.

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