Behind those tantalizing Instagram photos of food is a chef who creates edible works of art on a daily basis. Become that chef with world-class culinary training in the Culinary Arts program. With exceptional instruction and plenty of hands-on opportunities, our Culinary Arts diploma graduates have a record of landing that important first job.

As well-planned as a gourmet meal, our fast-paced Culinary Arts program starts you off with restaurant production methods before moving onto sweet and savoury techniques. For the main course, you'll be immersed in creating and preparing dining-room cuisine in our on-campus Garden Court Restaurant. And to finish it all off, we'll serve up a paid industry placement.

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Career Opportunities

Lethbridge College graduates are employed throughout Canada and abroad in a variety of culinary opportunities including fine restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, catering companies, flight kitchens, hospitals, care facilities, and convention centres. Opportunities also exist to own and operate your own restaurant or branch out into marketing and product development.

Recent graduates have found employment in the following roles:

  • Banquet chef
  • Banquet cook
  • Business owner
  • Caterer
  • Chef
  • Chef de partie
  • Entrepreneur
  • Food sales representative
  • Line cook
  • Prep cook
  • Sous chef

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Nearly 100 per cent of culinary grads land that important first job

480 hours

spent in a paid industry work placement

50+ employers

in Alberta who regularly offer paid employment to our culinary students



September and January

Credential / Accreditation



2 years

Dates and Deadlines

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Program Availability
Domestic Status
International Status
International Status with Study Permit
Fall 2024
Winter 2025


This program is available for International Students.

New applicants are accepted into the Culinary Arts program for the Fall (September) and Winter (January) terms. 

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs.

Academic Requirements

Applicants to this program do not require a high school diploma; however, they must satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 10 English
  • Grade 10 Math
Non-Academic Requirements

All students in the Culinary Arts program must follow the sanitation, hygiene and safety practices standard to the industry and present themselves in the following condition whenever entering any of the food service labs: Students must be clean shaven (moustaches are acceptable), hair must be clean and controlled. Students wear a white uniform, chef hat, apron, and approved footwear.

Medical Requirements

It is strongly recommended that applicants update or complete a personal medical profile and their immunization records prior to entry into the program and employment.

Applicants may be asked to complete a follow-up medical at the discretion of the College Health Centre.

Non-Medical Requirements

Students can expect to cut and prepare products such as beef, pork, lamb, shellfish, fish, fowl, etc. Once dishes are prepared, students may be required to taste them.

Students may also be exposed to allergens such as soy, eggs, nuts, gluten, etc.

Graduation Requirements

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Culinary Arts diploma.

Graduation Requirements

In order to receive their diploma, students must have an overall combined (practical and theoretical) average of 70%.

Students not already employed, in the industry, will be required to attend our Recruitment Day where employers come to the College and resumes can be dropped off with those employers for summer work placements. Past students in our program have achieved 100 percent employment. Summer work place locations vary from resort areas in the Rocky Mountains to local hotels, restaurants, care facilities and catering companies. Our culinary department has an excellent association with over 50 employers in Alberta and further afield who have regularly offered paid employment to our culinary students.

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Delivery Formats

The Culinary Arts program is delivered on campus but may have some blended and hyflex components.


This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.


This program is offered both on-campus and online; lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.


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Year 1
Term I
CLA-1100Kitchen Fundamentals and Safety6
CLA-1101Integrated Food Services6
CLA-1102Meat Preparation and Saucier I6
CLA-1103Bakeshop Production I6
COM-1137Communication Skills1.5
Term II
CLA-1104Event Planning, Management & Nutrition3
CLA-1105Integrated Lunch Service6
CLA-1106Meat Preparation & Saucier II6
CLA-1107Bakeshop Production II6
Year 2
Term III
CLA-2201Advanced Management Skills3
CLA-2202Integrated Dinner Service6
CLA-2203Meat Cutting and Cooking6
CLA-2204Bakeshop Production III6
Term IV
CLA-2200Industry Work Placement3
 Total Credits70.5
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Tuition and Fees

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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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