Certificate or Diploma programs offer those who are already working in business, foodservice, or agencies an opportunity to broaden and deepen their skills or to learn the basic skills needed to change careers. Except for Culinary Arts, these programs do not include general education classes. At The Art Institute of Atlanta, diploma programs are intended for students who have graduated from high school at least two years before the date of application. This policy varies at the branch campuses.Diploma in Culinary Arts
Students have the opportunity to obtain a foundational knowledge and skills in the fundamental techniques and theories of the culinary arts and in industry practices. Through applied coursework and hands-on experiences students will have the opportunity to build the necessary skills and abilities to confidently meet the challenges of the food-service industry. The curriculum is based on classical principles emphasizing modern techniques and trends in both the classroom and the kitchen. Students are prepared to seek entry-level employment in the culinary industry such as entry-level prep cooks, line attendants, and entry-level pastry assistants.