Orlando Schools with Baking and Pastry Arts Programs
Students in Orlando planning a career in the baking and pastry arts have two schools from which to choose. An overview of these programs can be found below, along with a handy school comparison table and a paragraph about two technical institutes and universities that offer related programs in commercial food production and culinary arts or restaurant and food service management.
- Valencia College, located right in downtown Orlando, offers a certificate program in baking and pastry management. Valencia also has an associate's degree program in baking and pastry management, which is the only program of its kind in the state of Florida.
- Located about 50 miles from downtown Orlando, Daytona State College has a certificate program in culinary operations with a baking and pastry specialization. At Daytona State, students might consider an associate's degree program in culinary management, which includes baking classes.
Comparison of Schools
According to the table below, both Valencia and Daytona State colleges have open admissions and low undergraduate tuition rates for in-state students. Note that in 2014, the percentage of first-year students receiving financial aid was nearly identical.
|Valencia College||Daytona State College|
|School Type||4-year; primarily associate's, public||4-year; primarily associate's, public|
|Total Enrollment (2011)||43,217*||13,248*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)||$2,474 in-state; $9,383 out-of-state*||$3,282 in-state; $12,352 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Aid (2014)||82%*||80%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - open admission||N/A - open admission|
|Graduation Rate (2014)||41% (47% transfer-out rate)*||37% (36% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Valencia College offers both certificate and associate's degree programs in baking and pastry management. These programs provide students with the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art kitchens under the direction of top chefs and instructors. Being so close to Orlando-area theme parks and tourism could provide an advantage for students looking for career opportunities in the culinary industry.
Certificate in Baking and Pastry Management
The 35-credit baking and pastry management certificate program is designed for immediate employment or career development. The program can be completed in one year or less and includes classes in cookies and tarts, baking ingredients, specialty breads and pastry techniques. Students must also complete an internship in baking and pastry management. The courses in this certificate program can be applied toward the associate's degree in baking and pastry management at Valencia College.
Associate of Science in Baking and Pastry Management
The Associate of Science (A.S.) program in baking and pastry management is for students who plan to become pastry chefs, as well as those already working in the culinary industry who wish to increase their career skills. The program includes courses related to running a food service organization with classes such as food service and beverage management, catering and banquet management. Baking and pastry studies cover classical and contemporary cakes, chocolates and confections, production pastries and desserts, and confectionary art design. Students have the chance to enroll in a culinary competition class, as well as an internship in baking and pastry.
Daytona State College
Daytona State College is located just blocks from Daytona Beach. Programs are offered through the Hosseini College of Hospitality and Culinary Management, and students can gain practical experience in the school-run Café 101 restaurant and coffee shop.
Certificate in Culinary Operations with a Baking and Pastry Specialization
This 20-credit vocational certificate program can prepare students for careers as pastry chefs, bakery managers and wedding cake specialists. Some of the required courses teach skills in cakes and petit fours, pastries, artisan breads, and chocolate and pastillage. Students can choose to earn this certificate along with the associate's degree in culinary management at Daytona State.
Associate of Science in Culinary Management
The A.S. program in culinary management trains students in food and beverage management. Some courses that could be helpful for a career in bakery and pastry arts include catering and buffet management, baking and food production. Students also complete a 9-credit practical hospitality requirement at school-operated restaurants. In addition to culinary classes, students take courses in cost control, purchasing, safety and personnel.
Other School Options
No other schools in the Orlando area have programs dedicated to baking and pastry arts; however, culinary programs can be useful for a career in this industry. Orlando Tech, located five minutes north of downtown Orlando, has a 15-credit certificate program in commercial foods and culinary arts. This program trains students in presentation, cooking and management skills. A bachelor's degree in restaurant and food service management is available at the University of Central Florida, which is about 15 minutes from downtown Orlando. This program focuses on some areas helpful for a bakery and pastry arts career, such as catering, design and food preparation.