Baking and Pastry Certificate Programs in Miami with Course Info

Sep 15, 2018

There are three not-for-profit schools within 25 miles of Miami, Florida, that have baking and pastry programs. Read an overview of two of the schools' programs, requirements and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Miami Schools with Baking and Pastry Programs

While there are several schools offering training in the culinary arts in the Miami area, there are only three not-for-profit schools that have dedicated programs in baking and pastry making. The following resource includes a comparison table of two of the schools with important school information, as well as summaries of the schools and their programs and a section about other training options in the extended Miami area.

  • Located almost 12 miles from downtown Miami, Johnson & Wales University - North Miami offers both an associate and bachelor's degree program in baking and pastry arts.
  • McFatter Technical College, located within 25 miles of Miami, offers a specialized certificate program in baking and pastry arts and is a part of the Broward County Public Schools district.

Comparison of Schools

Find out how much it will cost to earn a certificate or a degree in baking and pastry making at the university and technical center highlighted above. Learn how many students return to the two featured schools after their first year of study, among other key institutional facts.

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami McFatter Technical College
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 1,475* 1,043*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees $31,508 per year (2017-2018)* $3,720 for full program (2017-2018)*
% of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 99%* 38%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 78%* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2017) 69% for full-time students* 59% for full-time students*
Graduation Rate 50%* (for students beginning in fall 2011) 66%* (for students beginning in 2014-2015)

Sources: *NCES College Navigator

Johnson & Wales University - North Miami

Students attending Johnson & Wales University (JWU) who are interested in working in baking and pastry arts take their classes through the College of Culinary Arts. Students in this college typically engage in hundreds of credit hours in culinary labs, co-op experiences and coursework, which includes baking and pastry arts courses. The college also offers a combined degree in baking and pastry arts and food service management, which might appeal to people who want to open their own bakery someday.

Associate in Science (A.S.) in Baking and Pastry Arts

The associate degree program in baking and pastry arts at JWU helps students acquire a variety of baking skills, including the crafting of French pastries, wedding cakes and showcase desserts. Required coursework includes the creation of pastries, pies and tarts, chocolate and other confectionary items, as well as plated desserts and Viennoiserie. In addition to core courses like these, students are required to take a course in food safety and sanitation and cost control. The program also includes an intermediate-level internship in a professional baking or pastry-related setting that must be approved by the university.

Bachelor of Science in Baking and Pastry Arts and Food Service Management

This combined degree program is offered jointly by JWU's College of Culinary Arts and the College of Hospitality Management. It's designed to prepare students for management positions within the baking and pastry industry, such as pastry chef, food and beverage director, kitchen manager or sous chef.

The first two years of the curriculum are identical to the A.S. in Baking and Pastry Arts curriculum and are followed by two years of hospitality-related courses. These courses cover topics like hospitality law and marketing, food service management systems, operations management and accounting.

McFatter Technical College

Students in culinary programs at this school learn through lab demonstrations, lectures, videos and online activities. The American Culinary Federation (ACF) accredits this school's culinary programs.

Baking and Pastry Arts Certificate of Completion

Future bakers/pastry artists can complete this 600-contact hour program in six months of full-time attendance. Skills for working with various types of bakery and dessert ingredients and dough are taught, in addition to confectionary and advanced baking techniques and the creation of centerpieces and displays. Training is offered through a combination of on-campus evening and online courses.

Other School Options

Culinary arts and services programs that have courses in baking and pastries are also available at Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center and Miami Lakes Education Center, which are located 2.4 miles and 16.7 miles away from downtown Miami respectively. Other commercial food and culinary arts programs are offered at Robert Morgan Educational Center, Sheridan Technical Center and Atlantic Technical Center. These three schools are located less than 35 miles from downtown Miami.

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