Diploma in International Culinary Art ( DICA) | 12 Months International Culinary Arts course | IIAS - Siliguri

Course Overview

The Diploma in International Culinary Art (DICA) 12 months duration course with the curriculum framework exclusively drafted by the Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH), UK. As the leading hotel management college in West Bengal, IIAS is the only licensed and approved teaching centre of CTH in the entire Eastern India region. Realizing the exigency in and around North Bengal, IIAS is offering this globally recognized programme thus opening avenues of career success for students from the region in the hospitality and tourism sector worldwide.

This course is designed for all the aspirants who want to excel in the hotel industry by developing industry-relevant skills as well as gaining an essential grounding in management principles for direct entry to trainee positions in the industry.



About Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality (CTH)

The Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality is the UK’s leading specialist professional awarding body for qualifications in the growing hospitality and tourism sector. Established in the year 1982, CTH is a specialist professional awarding body, which focuses on the training needs of new entrants and existing industry professionals. CTH awards are widely recognized as the Gold standard qualifications for Hospitality, Culinary & Tourism.

CTH is an awarding body approved by Ofqual, DCELLS and CCEA who are the official regulator of qualifications, exams and tests in England, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively.

Course Information

DUAL AWARD: By IIAS and CTH, UK ELIGIBILITY: Class 10 pass with English

The Diploma in International Culinary Art course provides students with the skills and essential knowledge that will enable them to adapt well in any global setting. The CTH Level 2 modules combine practical career-based elements with a number of essential underpinning management disciplines that will be invaluable as the individual career progresses. The course is therefore an ideal preparation for immediate employment in the sector. Combined with IIAS’ rich history of academic excellence in hotel management, students will also learn the relevant hands-on skills unique to Indian hospitality services.

Students achieve the guided learning hours in a combination of face-to-face classroom interactions, attending seminars, visits to hotels, self-study and group study as well as research work.

  • Hands-on learning is emphasized in our state-of-the-art practical labs to ensure students are well-updated regarding the latest developments in the field of global hospitality.
  • Experiential learning is one of the core learning attributes, the students are granted the liberty to innovate and experiment under the guidance of experienced faculty.
  • Realising the need of the hour, the curriculum also includes special English communication sessions which run round the clock during the course duration.
  • To keep our students motivated and confident, students learn from industry experts and trainers who are invited from time to time.

REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE: Students are further provided with an opportunity to refine their skills and experience the real world during their industrial training of four months in leading hotels, resorts, hospitality chains, etc.

Study Plan

The course of study is tailor- made, as it has been assimilated keeping in mind the trends and the various advancements in the field of hotel industry. The curriculum is of global standard and also acts as a catalyst in delivering the curriculum which is in sync with the industry. The module prescribed by CTH is rigorously adopted by the institution and with some value-added modules such as English Communication and IT Skills.


Trimester - I

  • Basics of Food Production
  • Basics of Bakery & Patisserie
  • An introduction to International Cuisine
  • Basics of Computer
  • English Communication
  • Food Production Practical
  • Bakery & Patisserie Practical
  • Computer Skills

Trimester - II

  • Introduction to the catering and hospitality industry
  • Hygiene and Food Safety
  • Kitchen Administration
  • English Communication at Workplace
  • Food Production Practical II
  • Bakery & Patisserie Practical II

Internship Period

  • Internship



    A Diploma in International Culinary Art is basically an introductory program into the hospitality industry. It is ideal for people who seek entry-level jobs in hotels, restaurants and fast-food chains. An entrepreneur who wishes to apply business principles within the hospitality context or gain the ability to ensure the sustainability of a hotel or restaurant business may also be a part of this program. IIAS is especially known for its entrepreneurial alumni.


    Those who wish to continue their studies in order to get a better knowledge of the industry and for better career prospects may go on to do the Bachelors degree program. However, students will have to do all years of the Bachelors Degree and must have cleared their Class 10 exams.


Placement Information

With strong links to the industry, proper guidance and mentorship are provided by the Student Career Services Cell, which is responsible for students placement. CTH qualified students are well placed to build exciting and rewarding careers, whether working with a major global chain, a specialist ‘boutique’ hotel or developing their own hospitality-based private business.

They are provided with an ample number of choices to choose from global, well-reputed properties. If the student desires a global placement, full assistance is extended by the Institution. Some of the prominent recruiters include: