Florence University of the Arts: Career Certificate
Master Certificate in Culinary Arts 2020/21
Career Certificate

FUA Career Certificate programs are subject-intensive programs offering pre-determined coursework for a full immersion and professional experience in a particular field. Career Certificate programs are open to traditional undergraduate students as well as nontraditional students interested in pursuing a new career path. The Culinary Arts Career Certificate program consists of an introductory Year 1, a specialization Year 2, and this advanced specialization Year 3. This Master Certificate Year 3 program in Culinary Arts offers an advanced specialization in Culinary Arts - Chef de Partie, for students who wish to become true experts in their field. Students gain in-depth knowledge of Italian gastronomy, advanced Italian cooking and menu development, nutrition, and Mediterranean cuisine and ingredients.

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Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
USF student conduct form
Italian privacy consent form
Transcript (if applicable – see Details)
CV/Resume (if applicable – see Details)

Application Deadline
June 15, 2020
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
September 1, 2020 – May 13, 2021
Dates may vary as a result of add-ons or alternate start

Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Subject Experience: To enroll directly into Year 3 (bypassing Year 1 and 2), students must demonstrate previous experience (see Details).

English Language: Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL: 500+ (paper-based), IELTS: 5+, OOPT: 50+, or equivalent.

Academic Year: High school graduate or above.

Program Overview
The advanced specialization program in Culinary Arts – Chef de Partie allows students to progress in the culinary arts field and is structured to give students an understanding of Italian Culture as well as advanced skills in the field of Italian restaurant cooking. The advanced specialization year includes a block set of courses with included workshops and experiential learning projects to bridge theory and practice and allow for full immersion in the courses and culinary arts community.

Program Objectives
The advanced specialization Year 3 program offers a rigorous program combining lectures, labs, and workshops, with a focus on mastery of techniques and direct experience in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Courses advance skills and techniques in creating dishes with pasta, meats and offals, fish and seafood, Italian cakes and tarts, and gourmet vegetables, and develop in-depth understanding of menu development, dietetics and nutrition, Italian ingredients, and professional food and wine pairing.

During the terms, students will experience hands-on learning and immersive experiences within Ganzo, the student and faculty-run restaurant, which is one of the university’s unique CEMI (Community Engagement Member Institutions). These institutions are open to the local community, allowing for students to directly apply skills and knowledge to real-life situations. Students complete shifts and practical experiential learning hours in Ganzo, and are mentored throughout the program by faculty with direct experience in the field.

Career Opportunities
The Year 3 program focuses on both production and individualized skills necessary to advance one’s career in a wide variety of positions within the culinary field, including demi-chef de partie, sous chef, nutritional consultant, food stylist, or private chef.

Duration and Certification
Students enroll for the full academic year of the Year 3 program. Students who complete the full academic year will earn a Master Certificate in Culinary Arts – Chef de Partie. All students receive undergraduate course credit and a US transcript upon successful completion. This is a WASC approved and accredited program.

Students wishing to enroll in this advanced specialization in Culinary Arts program (Year 3) can qualify for Year 3 admission if they have English language fluency and one of the following:

  • Completion of Year 1 & Year 2 programs
  • Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts (requires CV & transcript)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry or Hospitality (requires CV/resume & transcript)
  • 3 years of professional experience (requires CV/resume)

Students who do not meet Year 3 requirements can begin in one of the earlier programs: Food, Wine & Wellness Year 1, or Culinary Arts – Commis Chef Year 2. Please see program pages for full requirements.

Optional Internships (fee applies)
Students who complete a full academic year can supplement their program with either a non-credit 3 week internship or a 3-credit 6 week internship in their field of study. This internship can be added in the summer sessions after the regular program has ended. Contact SAI for more details.

Optional Italian Language (fee applies)
Career Certificate program students can supplement their program with a 3-week, 3 credit intensive Italian Language course that takes place prior to the fall and spring sessions. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of intensive Italian language are offered.

Starting in the Fall, the Year 3 advanced specialization comprises two academic terms. Each term features a core set of four, 3-credit courses and one 6-credit course, with a 1-credit Food, Health and Safety seminar at the start of the Fall semester. In addition, students complete a non-credit experiential learning project during the January intersession, and non-credit workshops during the semester intersessions.

The Year 3 advanced specialization in Culinary Arts courses are:

Optional intensive Italian language (August intersession)

Fall Semester
Cold Kitchen and the Art of Plating: Contemporary Garde Manger I (Entire Fall Term, All sessions)
Menu Development and HAACP seminar (Session I)
Intersession Week: Project I – Meats and Offals Workshop
Italian Gastronomy: Food and Culture (Session II)
Intersession Week: Project II – Special Dietary Requirements
Italian Classical Cakes and Tarts (Session III)
Intersession Week: Project III – Pasta Workshop I: Traditional Recipes Workshop
Advanced Italian Restaurant Cooking I: Experiential Learning (Session IV)

January Intersession
Advanced Italian Restaurant Cooking II Experiential Learning
Cold Kitchen and the Art of Plating: Contemporary Garde Manager II

Project I: Pasta Workshop II: Specialty Fresh Pasta and Dumplings Workshop

Spring Semester
Cold Kitchen and the Art of Plating: Contemporary Garde Manager II (Entire Spring Term, All Sessions)
Professional Pairing Food and Wine (Session I)
Intersession Week: Project II- Fish Filleting Techniques and Traditional Seafood Dishes Workshop
Italian Product Knowledge (Session III)
Interpersonal Communication (Session III)
Intersession Week: Project III- Italian Gourmet Vegetables Workshop
Dietetics and Nutrition in the Mediterranean (Session III)
Intersession Week: Project IV- Italian Classical Tarts and Cakes Workshop
Mediterranean Cuisine and Experiential Learning (Session IV)

For the full detailed course descriptions please contact us.

This professional program includes SAI Select Services, designed for more independent students.

  • Program tuition, with US academic credit
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

Pre-Departure Calendar
June 15 2020*
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (per term, applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
May 1 2020*
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
June 1 2020*
SAI Scholarship Application Deadline
Students wishing to apply for an SAI scholarship must have all application items submitted by 11:59pm Pacific Time on this date.
July 1 2020*
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
September 1 2020*
Program Check-in
Students arrive in Florence independently prior to this date and must check in with on-site staff by this day.
September 2 2020
SAI Orientation
SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
September 3 – 4 2020
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to meet other students and professors.
September 8 2020
Classes Begin: Session I
September 24 2020
Classes End: Session I
Sept 28 – Oct 2 2020
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
October 6 2020
Classes Begin: Session II
October 22 2020
Classes End: Session II
October 26 – 30 2020
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
November 3 2020
Classes Begin: Session III
November 19 2020
Classes End: Session III
November 23 – 27 2020
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
December 1 2020
Classes Begin: Session IV
December 16 2020
Classes End: Session IV
Dec 13 2020 – Jan 29 2021
Winter Intersession
February 2 2021
Spring Classes Begin: Session I
February 18 2021
Classes End: Session I
February 22 – 26 2021
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
March 2 2021
Classes Begin: Session II
March 18 2021
Classes End: Session II
March 22 – 26 2020
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
March 30 2021
Classes Begin: Session III
April 15 2021
Classes End: Session III
April 19 – 23 2021
Intersession Week
Students are required to attend their projects/ shifts during intersession weeks.
April 27 2021
Classes Begin: Session IV
May 12 2021
Classes End: Session IV
May 13 2021
Program Graduation

*Please note: Arrival dates differ if Optional Italian Language course is added; students selecting this option arrive by Sunday, August 9, 2020

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
Program Fee
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included). (see What’s Included).
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course
Before regular term, no housing included.
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks)
After regular term, no housing included.
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks)
After regular term, no housing included.
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.

*prices are subject to change

Housing is not included in SAI Select Services programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for housing agencies, dormitories, and rentals in Florence. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible.

Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law students studying in Italy for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at the Italian Consulate to present their student visa application. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for the appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.