Bachelor of Culinary Arts

Bachelor of Culinary Arts

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Not sure if your experience fits?

If you would like to do the course but you are not sure if you have the relevant experience, please contact us. We are happy to talk you through your options.

Course information

Domestic (approx.) $7,377 (this includes a student levy for access to student services). Fees may vary, please contact us for more information.
Course length
10 months full-time or 18-20 months part-time
Prior experience
7 - 10 years of professional practice experience
Start dates
Contact us for the next intake
Distance learning
Full-time 20 hours of study per week; part-time 10 hours of study per week

Are you an experienced leader in the food industry? 

Our Otago Polytechnic Food Design Institute offers this one year, distance programme which is ideal for those with experience in the food industry who want their skills formally recognised. 

Using our Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process, we measure your existing knowledge against the Bachelor of Culinary Arts and give you academic credit towards this degree. This process is especially valuable for those who are currently employed as you don't have to leave your job to achieve this qualification.

How APL works

This process helps you to connect your professional and personal learnings with the requirements of the Bachelor of Culinary Arts. In order to do this, we help you identify and/or collect evidence from your practice and transform it into a portfolio of evidence which meets the needs of the degree. You may choose to provide a few examples of evidence with your application. However, if you don't have this evidence or your evidence is of a limited nature, the APL process will help you fill these gaps in learning.

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Multi-year enrolments from 2023

From 1 January 2023, Otago Polytechnic joins Te Pūkenga, a 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. All learners who start multi-year programmes of study prior to this change, continuing into 2023 and beyond, will graduate with a dual-institution qualification, representing both Otago Polytechnic and Te Pūkenga. 

Alistair Bolland

Bachelor of Culinary Arts

“I loved that I could get a degree without having to put my life on hold for three years.”