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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Culinary Arts Diploma

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The DMACC Culinary Arts program has been designated the Iowa Culinary Institute, signifying the world-class prominence of the program. The Culinary Arts program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation.

The Culinary Arts program prepares students to enter culinary positions with hotels, restaurants, clubs or institutions. Some select jobs in dining room service, catering or management. By the end of the program, graduates will have taken courses in food preparation, nutrition, menu planning, purchasing, garde manger and baking. International cuisine, restaurant management and advanced culinary cuisine are practicum courses and a valuable part of the training. These courses are management designed and offer students practical knowledge of the restaurant industry.

*In order to facilitate student success, the Culinary Arts program offers a learning community where students complete HCM 320 - Intro to Hospitality Industry  and SPC 101 - Fund of Oral Communication  (speech) together. Students are required to enroll in the learning community during their first or second semester and will receive details about this when they attend orientation and registration after being admitted to the program. Only students who completed speech at DMACC prior to entering the Culinary Arts program or by transferring credit from another college or university will be permitted to fulfill this requirement with an option course other than SPC 101  .

Semesters A and B are the first two semesters of the program. For the first two semesters, students are divided into groups A and B. Students in group A take the courses listed below under Semester A their first semester and then complete Semester B in their second semester. Students in group B take the courses listed below under Semester B their first semester and then complete Semester A in their second semester. All students complete the same courses in Semesters 3, 4 and 5.

Upon successful completion of semesters A through 5, students will receive a Culinary Arts AAS degree. Students with a shorter-semester educational goal may receive a diploma upon completion of semesters A, B and 3. The first three semesters must be completed before enrollment is allowed in semesters 4 and 5.

Wait List Class Recommendations

While a student is on the wait list for the Culinary Arts program, it is highly recommended that they complete the following courses:

  1. MGT 145 - Human Relations in Business  
  2. SPC 101 - Fund of Oral Communication   or SPC 126 - Interpersonal & Small Group Comm  
  3. COM 703 - Communication Skills  or ENG 105 - Composition I  or any other AAS Communications class
  4. BUS 112 - Business Math  or MAT 772 - Applied Math  or any other AAS Math course

These courses apply toward requirements needed to complete the Culinary Arts degree.

For more information about the Culinary Arts program, please visit our website at

Location: Ankeny, Newton

Students start Fall or Spring semester.

(Most classes in this program meet in the daytime hours, but a few will involve some evenings and weekends.)

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Culinary Arts AAS degree or diploma, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Requirements for the Diploma

Semester A

Required Course(s)

Option 1 - Select 1 Course

Semester B

Required Course(s)

Option 2 - Select 1 Course

Total Credits Required to Complete the Diploma - 40

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate) 255 230 65
Supplies-Uniforms 205 105  
Equipment-Knives & Cula Tools 205   55 25

Approximate total for program: $6,865*

* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

• Plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate the operation of a kitchen.
• Specialize in frying, baking, roasting, broiling or sauce cookery.
• Create new recipes to build a reputation as an expert; be responsible for food purchasing, estimates of consumption, menu
   planning and price rates.
• Specialize in preparation and cooking of exotic dishes, foods, or foreign flavor and elaborate dishes.
• Arrange for special menus for conventions, training seminars and workshops.
• Supervise and manage to include such duties as interviewing, hiring and firing kitchen help.
• Responsible for supervising and the serving and mixing of alcoholic beverages.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

• Ability to read and follow recipes and directions carefully and learn to use new methods.
• Work under pressure and with some confusion.
• Acquire a sense of taste and smell.
• Work well on your own and with others.
• Visualize how a finished product will look.
• Use arithmetic in measurements, purchasing and cost control.
• Supervise and manage people.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

• Success depends upon demonstrating strong organizational skills.
• Success depends on demonstrating strong math skills.
• May work irregular hours, including nights and/or holidays and weekends.
• May be able to go into business for yourself.
• Anticipated average starting salary $16,640 (diploma); $22,157 (A.A.S. degree) (2010-2011 Placement Report)

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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