Bachelor of Culinary Arts

Otago Polytechnic Ltd

Subject area

Creative Arts not elsewhere classified

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Entry requirements

NCEA Level 3 14 credits at Level 3 or above in three approved subjects, and Literacy - 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of: 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of: specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects OR package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required). If you do not hold the above qualifications, you must demonstrate equivalent qualifications/experience. Mature applicants with work and life experience are encouraged to apply. A school leaver or an adult applicant who does not meet all of the entry criteria may be given provisional entry to year one at the discretion of the Head of School. See more details below. You must submit a portfolio (please see below for portfolio requirements) and may have to undertake an interview. International students will be individually assessed to ensure you meet degree-level entry requirements. Applicants for whom English is not their first language, must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The aim of the Bachelor of Culinary Arts programme is to facilitate learning by culinary students in a creative, flexible and collaborative environment within a culture that promotes and supports culinary-driven entrepreneurial opportunities. Graduates will be able to demonstrate professional competency, specialised technical knowledge and conceptual skills and make a valuable contribution to the direction and advancement of the culinary industries in New Zealand. Specifically the programme aims to equip students with the tools, techniques and competence required to work in their chosen career path within the extremely broad field of professional culinary art. The whole model is cognisant of the fact that the culinary industry is becoming more complex and collaborative. Bachelor of Culinary Art graduates need to gain a sound understanding of culinary practices while having a broad understanding of other related specialties. For further information refer to

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Other Creative Arts at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2021

Scholarship information

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Quota New Zealand Educational Scholarship

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Quota International of Auckland Inc.



Maximum value of $5,000

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Refugees as Survivors New Zealand - Scholarship Co-ordinator



Course Costs

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Contact details

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