Patisserie Science Degree Programs
Patisserie is the art of French baking and confection making. Find out about certificate and degree programs, the skills you'll learn, and what your options are for online training.
What Programs Are Available in Patisserie Arts?
You can learn about French baking, pastries and confections though a patisserie certificate program; however, such programs aren't common. More often, patisserie arts is studied through a course or courses in a certificate, associate's degree or bachelor's degree program in baking and pastry arts. These programs are offered through a number of technical schools, community colleges and cooking schools.
|Education Programs||Certificate, associate's, bachelor's degree; baking and pastry arts programs are more common than patisserie programs|
|Common Courses||Baking bread, sanitation, bakery operations, cake decorating, confectionery arts|
|Online Availability||Hybrid programs are available, full programs are rare, but exist|
|Median Annual Salary (May 2020)*||$29,400 (for all Bakers)|
|Job Growth (2019-2029)*||5% (for all Bakers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
What Will I Study?
On the certificate level, you'll typically find that programs are focused on baking breads and creating and decorating pastries in preparation for work in the hospitality industry. In contrast, an associate's degree program will go beyond baking, addressing topics such as sanitation, purchasing, planning, bakery operations, profits and nutrition.
Through hands-on courses in your associate's degree program in baking and pastry arts, you'll likely learn to make artisan breads, tarts, teacakes, wedding cakes, hearth breads, mignardises and frozen delicacies. You'll also study, and experiment with, cake decorating and confectionery arts. Some programs will provide an opportunity to practice your craft in an on-campus restaurant.
Bachelor's programs in baking and pastry arts are uncommon. If you are accepted into such a program, however, you'll likely explore advanced decorating, sugar molding and pulling techniques, in addition to learning to prepare special holiday breads. You also might look at food and baking on an interdisciplinary level with studies of food in film and culture, as well as studying food science, food writing and food microbiology.
Are These Programs Offered Online?
Because of the hands-on nature of baking and pastry arts programs, online options aren't common, and most of those that are available are offered by for-profit schools. Additionally, these programs typically aren't fully online. Students generally are required to complete some courses on campus to gain practical experience.