What Top Schools Have Baking and Pastry Arts Associate's Degrees?

An associate's degree in baking and pastry arts could lead to a career as a baker, pastry chef, restaurant owner or caterer. Learn about three schools where you can earn an associate's degree in baking and pastry arts. Schools offering Baking & Pastry degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

How to Choose a Baking and Pastry Arts School

The best baking and pastry arts degree programs combine professional staff with rigorous training. The top programs typically offer extensive hands-on kitchen experience to prepare students to enter the workforce quickly upon graduation.

Three Baking and Pastry Arts Associate Degree Programs

Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport

Pennsylvania College of Technology offers an Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts that is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission. The college offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares graduates for certification by the American Culinary Federation. Students complete a summer internship, 250 hours of practical experience along with courses in sugar art, chocolate works, facilities planning, nutrition, purchasing and sanitation. The official degree offered is:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

Clark College in Vancouver, Washington

Clark College offers an associate's degrees in baking and pastry arts with facilities that come equipped with a simulated retail bakery. Its program options include an Associate of Applied Science and an Associate of Applied Technology in Baking and Bakery Management. Students receive hands-on training in five specialties, including breads, cookies, pies, cakes, cake decorating, wedding cakes, custards, sauces, holiday desserts and candies. Finished products are sold on campus. Available degrees include:

  • Associate of Applied Technology in Baking and Bakery Management
  • Associate of Applied Science in Bakery Management

Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania

Through the Bucks County Community College chef apprenticeship program, you can earn an Associate of Arts with a pastry emphasis from the College and Journeymen Cooks. The pastry apprenticeship prepares students to immediately enter the workforce upon graduation. Students take classes in baking, nutrition, food preparation, buffet planning, sanitary practices and baking and decorating techniques. Students work as apprentices to professional bakers to complete the 6,000 hours of supervised experience required to earn the following degree:

  • Associate of Arts - Culinary Apprenticeship: Pastry Emphasis

More Schools with Baking and Pastry Arts Programs

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College2-year, PublicAsheville, NC
Baker College4-year, PrivateFlint, MI
Atlantic Cape Community College2-year, PublicMays Landing, NJ
Bunker Hill Community College2-year, PublicBoston, MA
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College2-year, PublicCincinnati, OH
City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College2-year, PublicChicago, IL
Culinary Institute of America4-year, PrivateHyde Park, NY
Del Mar College2-year, PublicCorpus Christi, TX
Delgado Community College2-year, PublicNew Orleans, LA
Johnson & Wales University-Denver4-year, PrivateDenver, CO

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