Frequently Asked Questions

How long are the programs?

The Associates of Applied Science degrees can be completed by a full-time student in two years. The Certificate programs are designed to be completed in three semesters, attending school full time. Please refer to the degree plans for more information.


How much does it cost to attend?

At Austin Community College you have access to an affordable, high-quality education. Remember, there are always options you can explore to help pay tuition and other school expenses, including financial aid and veterans benefits. Based upon your residency and district our Tuition page can help you determine the cost of credit classes.


What if I’m a transfer student?

Credit hours from other schools can count towards a program at ACC. To determine which credits hours transfer to ACC your transcripts must be reviewed by an academic advisor. Please contact admissions to get started.


What type of job will I be able to get when I graduate?

Completing school in Culinary Arts is an excellent way to enter a high-growth profession and excel in your chosen field. You may choose to work in a Restaurant, Hotel, Resort, in Catering, or start your own business. Whichever path you choose, your education can offer you in-depth knowledge in a wide range of culinary concepts, as well as Hospitality and Business, which can propel your career forward.


What type of salary can I expect to make when I complete my schooling?

A skilled culinary professional must be able to demonstrate a well developed sense of taste and smell, exhibit the technical skills of food preparation, understand costs and budgeting, work effectively as part of a team, and comply with health and sanitation standards to be successful in their career. There is no set range of salaries in the food-service industry, which are typically based upon experience and education combined. With the right education from an accredited school there are no limits of where your career can go!


Why do I need to get a petition granted in the Culinary Arts department?

All Culinary Arts students must be advised by the department, submit a petition to take Culinary classes, and have this approved before you are allowed to register. This ensures that all students are in the proper classes and that students will graduate in a timely manner. You can find detailed steps on our How to Get Started page.


Where is the school located?

ACC’s Culinary Arts program is taught at the Eastview Campus, located at 3401 Webberville Rd., Building 3000, Austin, TX 78702. Some applicable classes are available online or at off-campus locations and general education class can be taken at any ACC location. However, the bulk of the training occurs at the Eastview Campus in two, state-of-the-art kitchens.


What are some of the courses I can take?

ACC offers an array of exciting courses in Culinary Arts, including Basic Food Preparation, Nutrition, Fundamentals of Baking, and International Cuisine to name a few. Depending on which certificate or degree you choose to obtain, you will be able to take a variety of hands-on classes specific to that degree or certificate.


Please refer to the Culinary Arts degree plans and course descriptions to review more information on the programs offered through the Culinary Arts Department. This list does not include the general education requirements that you may need to take to complete your certificate or degree.


How do I find out more information about the programs?

If you find that after reviewing our website you still have additional questions, please contact us at 512.223.5179 or at

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