Otago Polytechnic

 Food Design and Culinary Arts

Embrace and explore the concept of multisensory food design in your career as a chef, artisan food producer or entrepreneur.



Culinary Arts

Apply design-thinking principles in the production and delivery of food and beverage experiences. The Bachelor of Culinary Arts could lead you to a career as a chef, artisan food producer, food writer, teacher, entrepreneur, promoter and much more!






Bachelor of Culinary Arts

  • Dunedin
  • Three years full-time
  • Level 7
  • Starts February
  • Apply by 30 November. Late applications are accepted based on the availability of places in the programme.

Embark on a qualification – the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – that will equip you for a career as a chef, artisan food producer, food writer, teacher, entrepreneur, promoter and much more! An option is available for those with relevant work experience through the assessment of prior learning facilitation process.

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Studying Culinary Arts gave me the confidence to follow a career I truly love.

Penelope Baldwin
Bachelor of Culinary Arts

Want your skills formally recognised?

If you have experience working in the hospitality industry, you may be able to gain recognition for your skills and knowledge – and stay in work while you study!

Using our Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) process, we can measure your existing knowledge against the Bachelor of Culinary Arts and give you academic credit towards this degree. 

This option is a one-year, distance programme with optional workshops in Dunedin – meaning that if you're employed, you don't have to leave your job to achieve a qualification.


Not sure where to start your learning journey?


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Located on Harbour Terrace, Manaaki offers a diverse menu, excellent service and a cosy, ambient environment for lunchtime and evening dining.

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Food Truck

Inspired food experiences from our talented Bachelor of Culinary Art students during the warmer seasons! From tacos, nachos, Korean noodles to Chinese buns to challenge your taste buds!

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Eden Markets

In conjunction with the weekly Eden markets, students within the Eden Incubator design food experiences for external clients. This allows students to take a real-world approach to their studies, while being mentored by industry professionals.


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Richard Mitchell

Food Design

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Adrian Woodhouse

Principal Lecturer 
Food Design