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Bachelor of Hotel Management - Culinary Arts (Bruges)

Bachelor of Hotel Management - Specialisation Culinary Arts - English Programme at VIVES Noord

As Bachelor Hotel Management, you are a professional who feels perfectly at home in the fascinating world of hospitality and the restaurant business. At the start of your studies, you choose one of two specialisations: Culinary Arts or Hospitality Management. Both specialisations offer a firm basis in management, ICT, communication and teamwork. On top of that, you will get specific practical and theoretical courses that will lead to a bright future as a manager in a hotel or resort, or as a chef in a renowned restaurant.You can also opt to build your own business in the future. Our graduates’ versatility, language skills and social skills are also higly appreciated by other industries.

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You are a professional who is perfectly at home in the fascinating world of the restaurant business. Our programme offers a firm base of classes in management, ICT, communication and teamwork. On top of that, you will get specific practical and theoretical courses that will lead to a bright future as a chef in a renowned restaurant.

If you have a passion for restaurants and cooking, the Culinary Arts-specialisation of the Bachelor in Hotel Management is something right up your alley. If you don’t have a degree in cooking, we organise a summer school, to prepare you for all practical kitchen courses. All practical courses take place in the former Michelin 3-star restaurant De Karmeliet, in the centre of the historical city of Bruges. Led by Geert Van Hecke, the renowned chef of De Karmeliet, you will get high level kitchen courses, given by lecturers of Hotelschool Ter Duinen.

Direct contact with people in the field is an essential part of the bachelor programme. In the first and second year of the programme, you will run restaurant De Karmeliet for several months. You will cook for external guests and manage the restaurant on a high level. In your third year, you will do an 18­ weeks traineeship in an internationally renowned gourmet restaurant.

The Culinary Arts specialization is an initiative of the Flanders Culinary Arts Centre (FCAC), a collaboration between VIVES University of Applied Sciences and Hotel School Ter Duinen. All info about FCAC and the Culinary Arts specialization can also be found here.

Study a Bachelor of Hotel Management - Culinary Arts

This study in short

Study type

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Why enrol for this programme?

We have deliberately opted for a semester system of twelve course weeks per semester rather than shorter modules. We believe this gives students more time to process certain topics and avoids continuous exam pressure.

The training has a strong practical focus and therefore fits in seamlessly with professional life. The development of social skills also receives a lot of attention through group work and presentations. Very interesting are the projects in which you will participate. In the project "Café CuiZien" you will design a hospitality business around a certain theme. In this project both economic and hospitality subjects are put into practice. You will work in groups and present your work to a jury consisting of teachers and various hospitalitymanagers, who are part of the advisory board of the program.

A special feature of these projects is that the hospitality specific, business economic and linguistic aspects are integrated. In other words, you bring all aspects of the program together into one whole, just like in reality.

There is a structured offer of differentiation activities for many subjects. This ranges from introductory tests or non-binding trial exams to differentiation sessions before or after the lesson in smaller groups. Besides following various sessions about the right study method, an individual appointment with the tutor to discuss your study method is also possible. During the inspection, the course in the field of tutoring scored a seldom seen "Excellent".

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How long does this programme take?

The entire programme consists of six semesters, which together add up to 180 credits. Throughout your Hotel Management course programme, you will be taught in small groups. Our differentiated approach and (individual) tutor support have gained us an excellent reputation.

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Traineeship

Direct contact with people in the field is an essential part of the programme. Running The Restaurant: in the first and second year, you will run restaurant De Karmeliet for several periods of time during the course of the year. You will cook for external guests and manage the restaurant. In your third year, you will do an eighteen week traineeship in an internationally renowned restaurant.

Extra costs

The practical lessons in the Karmeliet obviously require raw materials which add costs. The first year you pay €324, the second year €450 and the third year €270. If necessary, kitchen clothing and knives can also be purchased.

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Insurance and enrolment

Belgium is a very safe travel destination, but you are advised to look into the insurance you will need, so you arrive well prepared. These are things you should take care of before travelling to Belgium ands to start your classes here with us at VIVES. Check our page about insurance to read more about it.

When applying, check with your home coordinator whether you are coming for a semester or a whole academic year. This implies that you have a grant for that period or have sufficient means of subsistence. Leaving before the time agreed upon can only be accepted in exceptional cases such as illness or family emergencies and has no influence on the obligation of paying rent.

We stress that the housing contract is binding. Exams or tests at distance (for those exceptional cases) can be set up if necessary, as long as this has the consent of the home institution. If students decide to leave us without an official notification or justification by their international coordinator, we decline all responsibility and will not issue a Transcript of Records.

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The wide range of interesting subjects and projects taught me the tricks of the trade and the current trends in hospitality. The lecturers are extremely passionate about what they do. They live for their students. They show an interest in each and every student, which creates a great atmosphere.

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Course material

The course material includes books, courses and digital learning materials that you need to for the successful completion of the programme.

Course material

This study material can be offered in paper form (printed course texts, readers, learning and workbooks, reference books) or in electronic form (e-books, PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations, online tutorials, audio and video). Our electronic learning environment, Toledo, plays a central role in your education. There, you will find all information on your courses, teachers, and course materials.

Subjects and contents

Are you curious about the subjects you will be taught during your studies? Check below for a concise overview below or look at the complete ECTS-sheet. 

Subjects and contents

The joint programme offers a high level of professional knowledge and skills, two foreign languages, a strong economic foundation, teamwork and international experiences.

If you are a teamplayer, who always puts the guests first, the specialisation Hospitality Management is the specialisation for you. You will get a thorough insight into the hotel, restaurant and catering business, as well as talent development and projects to detect the trends in the industry.

You will also learn one extra foreign language, and you will get a lot of input from the sector through guest lecturers and company visits.

If you have a passion for restaurants and cooking, then the specialisation to go for is Culinary Arts. If you don’t have a degree in cooking, we organise a summer school, to prepare you for all practical kitchen courses. All practical courses take place in for- mer 3 Michelin star restaurant “De Karmeliet”, in the city centre of his- torical Bruges. Under the patronage of Geert Van Hecke, the renownedchef of “De Karmeliet”, you will get high level culinary courses, given by lecturers of Hotelschool Ter Duinen.

Here you will find the ECTS-sheet of this programme. ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System and is the European system for the transfer and accumulation of study credits. 1 study point equals 25 to 30 hours of work.

Timetable

Below is an example of what your weekly schedule could look like.

Timetable

On the ECTS sheet, under subjects and contents, you can click on each course unit to get more information. Through this link you can also consult the timetable of our current students (top left).

Course material

This study material can be offered in paper form (printed course texts, readers, learning and workbooks, reference books) or in electronic form (e-books, PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations, online tutorials, audio and video). Our electronic learning environment, Toledo, plays a central role in your education. There, you will find all information on your courses, teachers, and course materials.

What's the next step after graduating?
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Continue studying

Further training programmes available for those with a Hotel Management-degree:

  • Master in Tourism
  • Master in Business Administration
  • Master in Management and Organisation
  • Master in Communication
  • Bachelor Programme in Event Management,
  • Tourism and Recreation Management
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Get down to work

With this diploma you are guaranteed to find a nice job in sectors such as Restaurant & Catering, Gastronomy Consultancy, the Food Industry, Hospitality and Tourism.

A selection of the many possible positions: Chef, Director of Food & Beverage, Restaurant & Catering Manager, Gastronomy Consultant, Events and Gastronomic Activities Manager, Food Sector Research and Innovation Manager, Food Quality and Safety Officer, Culinary Operations and Project Manager or General Manager.

With the necessary dedication and talent, top management is certainly one of the possibilities. Possibility to build your own business, whether or not in the hospitality Industry. Numerous other sectors also appreciate the know-how of our graduates.

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