Turn your passion for food into a career. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Culinary Arts diploma program is hands on, fast paced and cutting edge—and the only two-year advanced culinary training program in Saskatchewan.
Get the professional training you need to launch a career in cooking, whether you’re interested in a career in restaurants, hotels, resorts, private clubs, catering, institutional settings or running your own restaurant.
Culinary Arts is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, Idylwyld Dr. Your instructors include both Red Seal cooks and certified chefs de cuisine. They’ll introduce you to cooking principles and practices, everything from baking to breakfasts, garde manger to a la carte, and meats, seafood and poultry to vegetables, starches and pasta. Sharpen your knowledge and skills in:
From food prep to short order cooking to fine dining, you’ll learn what it’s really like to work in a commercial kitchen—you’ll spend 75% of your time practicing new skills and applying new knowledge in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped kitchen. You’ll also participate in a work experience and prepare foods for le Bistro coffee shop and Corner Café on campus at the Idylwyld Dr. location.
Your diploma gives you credit for all three levels of apprentice cook technical training. When you graduate, start building your hours and in three years you could become a journeyperson cook—the first step toward becoming a Red Seal cook. Red Seal certification will open doors to career opportunities across Canada.
On graduation, you’ll be qualified to work as a sous chef, pastry chef, chef de partie, banquet chef, garde manger, chef or kitchen supervisor in many different settings. Build your career resume as you work your way up in restaurants, hotels, resorts, catering and private clubs. Look for career opportunities in institutional and corporate settings or use what you’ve learned to start your own business.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Kitchen Supervisor||Food Service Supervisors (6212)||$22,400 - $42,000|
|Chef||Chefs (6241)||$24,000 - $55,000|
|Sous Chef||Chefs (6241)||$24,000 - $55,000|
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The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Year 1 - $7,600
Year 2 - $5,700
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Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.