Joining a Culinary or Pastry Program
The Culinary Arts Department offers in-depth programs that allow students to accomplish their culinary goals. We invite prospective students to review our website and programs. If additional information is needed, contact the Culinary Arts Department.
Once you have determined which Culinary Arts program is right for you, it’s time to become an ACC student. Follow the steps below. Culinary classes are not open to general registration and you will need to follow the process below to register for classes.
*Due to the high volume of students attempting to register and limited seating, please pay careful attention to this process in order to avoid any discrepancies and expedite your registration.
STEP 1: Getting Started
Get ready to take credit classes at ACC. If you have graduated from high school or have a GED, then you are ready to get started taking credit classes at ACC. Please review the Admissions: Austin Community College District web page for the step-by-step process for all students new to ACC. We recommend meeting with an Area of Study Specialist to ensure your major is up-to-date and that you are TSI complete before meeting with a Culinary Advisor.
If you are a current or former ACC student, you will need to meet with an Area of Study Specialist to ensure your record is in good standing and to ensure your major is up-to-date. Then continue to Step 2.
Completion times for Culinary Arts and Pastry Arts degrees are as follows:
Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Associates of Applied Science = 2 Years*
Culinary Arts or Pastry Arts Certificate = 1 Year*
*In Full-Time Status
To proceed to Step 2, you need to attend the Culinary, Hospitality, & Tourism Area of Study Information Session.
STEP 2: Culinary Advising
Get classes unlocked. Culinary courses are not available for general registration. First-time Culinary and Pastry students will need to meet with a Culinary Advisory to discuss course eligibility before submitting a student petition and a current food handler certificate to have culinary courses made available for registration.
Once you have the necessary paperwork, contact a Culinary Advisor to make a Culinary Advising appointment.
STEP 3: Registration
Sign-up for classes. After you have met with a Culinary Advisor and have submitted all the necessary documents, you are ready for registration. If you have not reviewed the Course Schedule or Registration Eligibility Times, this is the time to plan your semester. Being prepared for registration will ensure you get the classes you need.
Tuition is based on your residential status. In addition to tuition, the college charges additional fees. Click here to see tuition rates and all fees.
STEP 4: Orientation
Get equipped. New Culinary and Pastry students (and Hospitality students registering for CHEF 1301 Basic Food Preparation) are required to attend the Culinary Arts Orientation. You will learn about uniforms/tools, lab rules, and helpful academic resources. Please see our Home page for the upcoming session.