Culinary Arts – Vail Valley at the CMC Culinary Institute
Learn and intern at world class resorts in a fast-track culinary school program
Earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts in our accelerated, two-year program. You’ll learn to cook delicious food that is also healthy for individuals, communities and the environment.
Experience hands-on training in cooking and culinary management classes. As a capstone course, our students complete a 6 credits/270 hour internship with an outstanding employer to demonstrate and cultivate professional culinary skills and begin a rewarding career.
The world-class destination resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek are minutes away from the CMC Edwards campus. Our high-profile internship partners include:
- Four Seasons
- Beaver Creek Mountain Dining
- Sonnenalp Resort
This program prepares students for the emerging challenges and opportunities involved in creating a more sustainable food system and food service operations.
Program at a Glance
Degree: Culinary Arts (AAS)
Locations: EdwardsCost: $57/credit-hour (in-district), $373/credit-hour (out-of-state)
See tuition information below
Program Fee: $400
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What classes will I take?
General Education requirements (15 credits)
|COM 115 or COM 125||Public Speaking/ Interpersonal Communications||3 credits|
|ENG 121||English Composition||3 credits|
|MAT 107 or higher||3 credits|
|Advised General Education Elective||6 credits|
Program Requirements (45 credits)
|CUA 101||Applied Foodservice Sanitation||2 credits|
|CUA 115||Introduction to Sustainable Cuisine||2 credits|
|CUA 118||Vegetable Preparation||1 credits|
|CUA 121||Introduction to Food Production Principles||1 credits|
|CUA 122||Introduction to Stocks, Soups and Sauces||1 credits|
|CUA 123||Introduction to Garde Manger||1 credits|
|CUA 126||Intermediate Soups & Sauces||1 credits|
|CUA 128||Breakfast Prep and Cookery||1 credits|
|CUA 129||Center of the Plate||4 credits|
|CUA 131||Starches, Pastas, Casseroles & Grain Products||1 credits|
|CUA 138||Food and Beverage Service||2 credits|
|CUA 141||Introduction to Baking Principles||1 credits|
|CUA 142||Basic Yeast-Raised Products & Quick Breads||1 credits|
|CUA 143||Baking: Cakes, Pies, Pastries & Cookies||1 credits|
|CUA 156||Nutrition for the Hospitality Professional||3 credits|
|CUA 242||Intermediate Garde Manger||1 credits|
|CUA 251||Advanced Garde Manger: Hors d’oeuvre||1 credits|
|CUA 253||Advanced Seminar in Sauce||1 credits|
|CUA 255||Supervision in the Hospitality Industry||3 credits|
|CUA 261||Cost Control||3 credits|
|CUA 264||Sustainable Foodservice Operations||3 credits|
|CUA 265||Menu Planning and Purchasing||4 credits|
|CUA 281||Internship||6 credits|
How much is tuition?
Don’t go deep into debt. Find your affordable education here! Colorado Mountain College tuition is one of the lowest in Colorado, and is lower than in-state tuition in many other states. See more tuition information and net price calculators.
Tuition Rates for this program
per Credit Hour
|See Residency Requirements, District Map
*Based on an estimated 15 credits per semester.
**Colorado residents who own a second home in the six-county CMC District may qualify. See In-district.
***Non-residents who own a second home in the six-county CMC District may qualify for a limited, special rate. See Second Home Owner Rate.
Special Tuition Rates at CMC
You may qualify for a significant tuition discount at Colorado Mountain College.
per Credit Hour
|Vets & Military Families||$103||$1,545|
|CMC Service Area||$103||$1,545|
|Western States (WUE)||$160.50||$2,407.50|
|*Based on an estimated 15 credits per semester
See Residency Requirements
See Second Home Owner Tuition Rate
See District Employer Sponsored Rate