Asian Culinary Arts

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Get professional training for an entry-level career cooking Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Thai, Singaporean, Vietnamese, and fusion cuisine.

Tuition: 12159*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 5 0 months
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-asian-culinary-art.pdf
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Feb, Sep

What you will learn

  • Health, sanitation, safety
  • Use of kitchen equipment and utensils
  • History and principles of Asian cuisines
  • Knife skills
  • Preparing, cutting, seasoning, and marinating meat, poultry, and seafood
  • Stir frying and deep frying
  • Asian cooking methods including boiling, braising, and steaming
  • Asian barbecue
  • Soups and sauces
  • Spices and specialty ingredients
  • Sushi and sashimi
  • Dim sum and Asian hors d’oeuvres
  • Selection, preparation, and storage of vegetables
  • Rice and noodles
  • Wok methods
  • Garnishes and accompaniments
  • Kitchen preparation
  • Food purchasing, receiving, and inventory control
  • Professional etiquette
  • Menu design

What to expect

  • 20 weeks of full-time study in two blocks      
  • Classes Monday to Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (subject to change)
  • Purchase of textbooks, tools, uniform, and footwear
  • Purchase of professional knives
  • A fully equipped commercial kitchen
  • Daily work experience in VCC’s public cafeteria
  • Hands-on learning
  • Theoretical study
  • Practical assignments
  • Written exams
  • Required attendance

Admission requirements


  • Valid Food Safe Level 1 Certificate (certification must remain valid throughout the program)
  • Entrance Interview with Department Head


  • VCC Professional Cook 1 Certificate


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • A standard of personal hygiene, grooming and appearance compatible with employment in a public food service industry
  • Physical condition and stamina to meet the demands of the food service industry

Courses *

Classes are generally run on Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Class times are subject to change.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

12900 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 12159
Student union142
College initiative61
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource122
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 0
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 230
Program-specific extra fees0
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

Apply now

Feb 2025
(Winter term)
February 01, 2024
Sep 2024
(Fall term)
October 01, 2023


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
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