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Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Considered one of the best in Canada, the Culinary Arts program at SAIT is delivered by world-renowned chefs that will give you expert, hands-on culinary training. In just two short years, you'll have the opportunity to train and interact with 20 leading culinary professionals - a remarkable experience for anyone passionate about the culinary arts. During this full-time, two-year program, you will train in all aspects of the culinary trade including foundational cooking techniques, garde manger, introduction to global cuisines, patisserie and culinary management which includes courses such as hospitality mindset, teams and cultures, beverage arts, culinary diplomacy and more. You will gain valuable, real-life experience in this high-demand industry and will be well-prepared for a diverse range of options in the dynamic world of culinary arts. Our student's success is a top priority and we deliver on this promise through small class sizes, a personalized approach and state-of-the-art facilities. Our classrooms and labs recently received $7 million in upgrades including the new Michelle O'Reilly Charcuterie Lab, SAIT's gourmet Market Place and our downtown Culinary Campus. Operating in live classroom environments such as the renowned Highwood restaurant, downtown Campus and 4 Nines Dining Centre will provide you with real-world experience that prepares you for success in the culinary industry. You will learn essential cooking skills and current trends through repetitive production style cooking for the public under the watchful eyes and guidance of our professional chefs - just like you would in a real workplace kitchen. Working in teams, you will hone your professionalism, critical thinking skills while you develop effective communication skills. At the year-end capstone courses, you will have the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate the skills learned throughout your learning journey. Professional paid internship and study tours During your third semester, you will apply your skills in the industry through a professional paid internship. During your internship. you'll experience learning in a real-world environment while you develop valuable industry connections and get networking opportunities with future employers. You can also broaden your horizons and take advantage of exciting international study tours. Previous tour locations include Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Chile and Thailand. Global recognition through chef competitions Our Culinary Arts program will give you the skills for a global career path and opportunities to work in the world's finest dining establishments. You also have the option to compete in skills and culinary competitions - both locally and internationally. Our students have won gold and silver in Provincial and National Skills, as well as in Canadian Chef Association competitions. Our students also competed in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Toronto over the last several years and were placed in the top three rankings.

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1301 16 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2M0L4, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

A minimum of 35 Alberta high school credits with at least 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 10-1 or English Language Arts 10-2 or Humanities 10, AND,
  • Math 10C or Math 10-3 or Pure Math 10 or Applied Math 10.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $8,288.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,900.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,100.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated October 04, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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