South Carolina Culinary Arts Colleges with Degree Overviews

There are five public schools in South Carolina that have culinary arts programs. Read an overview of these five schools' programs, requirements and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

South Carolina is home to several two-year public colleges that offer culinary arts certificate and associate degree programs. Undergraduate certificate programs in baking and pastry arts are also available. Certificate programs may require completion of 18-30 credit hours, while associate's degrees may require 70 credits. Two of the colleges maintain culinary institutes under which more comprehensive culinary arts programs are offered. Several programs are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation. Read below for brief overviews of each school, including programs available and tuition.


Denmark Technical College

Located in the city of Denmark, this school offers an 18-credit-hour culinary arts program that provides a foundation in cooking techniques, equipment and dining room operations. Courses include food production principles, bakery production, sanitation, food service management and menu planning. The college awards a Certificate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts upon successful completion the six courses.

  • Program Offered: Culinary Arts Certificate
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,662 in-state; 5,014 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; distant town

Greenville Technical College

Greenville Technical College operates the Culinary Institute of the Carolinas at its Greenville campus. The institute provides students with a baking shop, restaurant kitchen and dining room, as well as features ten faculty members. The school's culinary arts associate's degree program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Educational Foundation (ACFEF) and graduates qualify to become Certified Culinarians. The baking and pastry arts option trains students in baking techniques for breads, cookies and pies. The school also offers certificate programs, including a 30-credit-hour certificate in baking and pastry arts and a 28-credit-hour certificate in culinary education.

  • Programs Offered: Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts,
    Certificate in Culinary Education,
    Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts Technology - Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,866 in-district; $4,190 in-state; $7,910 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; small city

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Horry-Georgetown Technical College's culinary arts technology program is conducted on two campuses, the first year at the Grand Strand campus in Myrtle Beach and the second year at the campus in Conway. The school offers a 70-credit-hour associate's degree program in culinary arts technology that is accredited by ACFEF. Students gain hands-on experience in baking, à la carte foods, food production, sanitation and management within the college's dining facilities.

  • Program Offered: Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts Technology
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,530 in-district; $4,444 in-state; $6,094 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; small city

Spartanburg Community College

Spartanburg Community College offers two certificates and one associate's degree in culinary arts at its campus in Spartanburg. The one-term culinary fundamentals certificate program is a prerequisite for the three-term culinary arts certificate program. Completion of both of these certificates can apply to the college's associate's degree program in culinary arts, which builds upon the culinary arts training with business, accounting and management courses. Coursework covers food production, nutrition, baking, sanitation, food management and dining room operations. Students gain practical experience in Spartanburg Community College's state-of-the-art kitchen facility.

  • Programs Offered: Culinary Fundamentals Certificate,
    Culinary Arts Certificate,
    Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts - General Technology
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,735 in-district; $4,645 in-state; $7,611 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; midsize suburb

Trident Technical College

Trident Technical College in Charleston is the home of the Culinary Institute of Charleston. In addition to facilities like a production kitchen, bakery kitchen and catering kitchen, students have access to ten culinary and pastry arts instructors. This two-year college offers certificate programs in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, as well as associate's degree programs in culinary arts technology. The American Culinary Federation has accredited the degree programs. Students are taught the basics and proceed to advanced baking and culinary techniques through hands-on training in modern laboratories.

  • Programs Offered: Baking and Pastry Certificate,
    Culinary Arts Certificate,
    Advanced Culinary Arts Certificate,
    Advanced Baking and Pastry Certificate,
    Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts Technology,
    Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts Technology - Baking and Pastry
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,710 in-district; $4,114 in-state; $6,998 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Two-year, public; small city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Culinary Arts Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)
Denmark Technical College Two-year, public; distant town Culinary Arts Certificate $2,662 in-state; 5,014 out-of-state*
Greenville Technical College Two-year, public; small city Certificate in Baking and Pastry Arts,
Certificate in Culinary Education,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts Technology - Culinary Arts or Baking and Pastry Arts
$3,866 in-district; $4,190 in-state; $7,910 out-of-state*
Horry-Georgetown Technical College Two-year, public; small city Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts Technology $3,530 in-district; $4,444 in-state; $6,094 out-of-state*
Spartanburg Community College Two-year, public; midsize suburb Culinary Fundamentals Certificate,
Culinary Arts Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts - General Technology
$3,735 in-district; $4,645 in-state; $7,611 out-of-state*
Trident Technical College Two-year, public; small city Baking and Pastry Certificate,
Culinary Arts Certificate,
Advanced Culinary Arts Certificate,
Advanced Baking and Pastry Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts Technology,
Associate in Applied Science in Culinary Arts Technology - Baking and Pastry
$3,710 in-district; $4,114 in-state; $6,998 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES, College Navigator.

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