Tennessee has a few 2-year community colleges and 4-year universities that offer certificate and associate's degree programs in the culinary arts field. Programs at each school include baking and pastry career training courses, and one school even offers a concentration in baking and pastry arts.
Students must earn between 23 and 60 credits, and they have opportunities to gain work experience by participating in internships. Each school aims to prepare students for various roles within the culinary field. The program offerings at the four Tennessee schools below include:
- Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with Culinary Arts Concentration
- Culinary Arts Technical Certificate with Emphasis in Baking and Pastry
- Associate of Applied Science in Management with Concentration in Culinary Arts - Baking and Pastry
Nashville State Community College
Nashville State Community College, in Nashville, offers two training programs that equip graduates with the skills necessary to perform entry-level culinary arts jobs.
Students enrolled in the associate degree program in culinary arts must complete 60 credit hours of culinary-specific courses and general education classes as well as two 300-hour paid internships. Multiple baking courses are offered, covering both basic and advanced baking skills as well as the production and presentation of fine desserts.
Students who would just like career training in commercial cooking can choose to complete a culinary arts technical certificate. The coursework in this one-year program covers basic culinary skills. Students take classes in baking, basic and advanced cooking, hospitality and sanitation.
Pellissippi State Community College
Nestled in Knoxville, Pellissippi State Community College offers pastry courses through its associate degree program. The college partners with the University of Tennessee Culinary Institute to provide students a business-oriented associate degree program with a culinary arts concentration. Students complete a total of 60 credit hours of coursework covering general culinary skills, international cuisine, baking, purchasing and marketing.
Two baking courses that cover dough, rolls, muffins, pies and tarts are required. Fillings and basic icings are also covered in these courses. Additionally, students must complete an internship within the culinary field to gain hands-on experience prior to graduation.
University of Tennessee
Located in Knoxville, the University of Tennessee offers students both credit and non-credit courses in baking and pastry. The Culinary Institute at this school offers a certificate program that prepares students for an array of entry-level opportunities in the culinary arts. The program runs for twelve weeks, and students complete a total of 400 hours of training. Students work in various kitchens as well as plan and cater their own event to meet curriculum requirements.
The University of Tennessee also offers numerous non-credit courses specifically in both baking and pastry. The cookie decorating class teaches how to bake sugar cookies and decorate them with icing and special embellishments. Students can learn icing recipes and techniques in an icing from scratch course. After completing the necessary prerequisites, students can advance to courses like cake decorating, where more advanced icing and layering techniques are explored.
Walters State Community College
Through the Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts at the Sevier County Campus in Sevierville, Walters State Community College offers an associate's degree program and a certificate program in culinary arts. Through these programs, students prepare to enter careers in the baking and pastry industry.
The associate's degree program in management with a concentration in baking and pastry includes courses in basic culinary topics, like culinary math, nutrition and baking. Advanced baking and pastry classes are available in chocolate making, cake decoration and artisan breads. Coursework also covers management and business skills such as menu planning and accounting.
Walters State Community College's technical certificate program requires completion of 23 credit hours. Introductory classes cover sanitation procedures, bakery skills and purchasing. During the second half of the program, students can choose the baking and pastry emphasis, which includes classes on dessert creation and presentation. Students also work with chocolate and sugar finishing techniques.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Baking and Pastry Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Nashville State Community College||2-year, public; large city|| Culinary Arts Technical Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
|$4,191 (in-state); $16,479 (out-of-state)*|
|Pellissippi State Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration with Culinary Arts Concentration||$4,276 (in-state); $16,564 (out-of-state)*|
|University of Tennessee||4-year, public; midsize city|| Non-credit Courses,
|$13,006 (in-state); $31,426 (out-of-state)*|
|Walters State Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Culinary Arts Technical Certificate with Emphasis in Baking and Pastry,
Associate of Applied Science in Business with Concentration in Culinary Arts - Baking and Pastry
|$4,224 (in-state); $16,800 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics