Hospitality management seeks to prepare students for employment with leading food companies, master chefs working in top kitchens and other experts in the food and hospitality industry. Graduates will not only learn to create exceptional dishes, but will also be involved in culinary art, food product development, recipe development, food styling, large-scale food production, restaurant management and events management. Various marketing and business modules are also included in the programme. To fit into the vibrant, innovative and creative hospitality world, candidates must be team players who are curious by nature and service oriented, and have a passion for food and the hospitality industry. If you have boundless patience, perseverance and creativity, this degree is perfect for you.
Students are introduced to every aspect of the hospitality and tourism industries through hands-on training and site visits, and are exposed to guest speakers from local and international industries. They are also required to complete experiential training/internships, which allow them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the workplace and gain first-hand experience of the real-world hospitality industry.
This degree is unique as it combines science, creativity, art and business management practices to create a practical hands-on experience that provides students with many possible work opportunities to choose from after graduating. In South Africa, this programme is one of only a few hospitality degrees that is still being offered in a traditional university setting.
Hospitality Management graduates pursue managerial positions such as accommodation managers, catering managers, conference centre managers, events managers, hotel managers, fast food managers, game and lodge managers, restaurant managers (both back- and front-of-house) and public house managers.
This degree also opens up many work opportunities in the culinary world, including chef, food stylist, food photographer, sommelier, menu engineer, recipe and product developer, product marketer, food safety consultant, improvement specialist, culinary idea conceptualisation specialist and entrepreneur. Many graduates also choose to become academics or teachers.
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