Students who want to become patisserie chefs can enroll in undergraduate programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry management or a closely related field. Associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees and certificates are all available.
10 Schools With Baking and Pastry Programs
The following schools all offer relevant training programs for aspiring patisserie chefs:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees offered*||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Houston Community College System||Houston, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's||$1,632 in-district
|Valencia College||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$2,474 in-state
|Pima Community College||Tucson, AZ||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,974 in-state
|Oakland Community College||Bloomfield Hills, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,745 in-district
|Central New Mexico Community College||Albuquerque, NM||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,448 in-state, $6,704 out-of-state|
|Columbus State Community College||Columbus, OH||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$3,808 in-state
|Johnson County Community College||Overland Park, KS||2-year, Public||Associate's||$2,730 in-district
|Milwaukee Area Technical College||Milwaukee, WI||2-year, Public||Associate's||$4,360 in-state
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$2,664 in-state
|Henry Ford College||Dearborn, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's|| $2,798 in-district
Source: *NCES College Navigator
College Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for a patisserie program:
- It is important to ensure the program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission.
- Students may want to look into the school's training facilities to make sure that they will have access to industry-standard appliances and high quality ingredients.
- Aspiring patisserie chefs may want to find out if the school offers international internships in France so that they can specialize their studies in French pastry.
- Student should look into internship settings, which can include restaurants, hotels, and bakeries, to make sure that they will have the chance to gain experience in the type of establishment where they would like to pursue a career.
Associate's Degree Programs
Some schools offer Associate of Applied Science (AAS) programs specifically in baking and pastry arts, which can help students build the conceptual knowledge and practical skills they need for success as patisserie chefs. There are also broader programs in culinary arts and food service management that allow students to concentrate their studies in the field. Prior to graduation from one of these programs, which typically last for two to three years, students may be required to complete an internship at a bakery, restaurant or hotel. They must also fulfill general education requirements.
General baking and certificate programs include much of the same basic coursework as associate's degree programs, but without general education requirements. There are also specialized certificate programs that allow students to specialize their training in cake artistry, dessert artistry or chocolate and sugar artistry, which can be especially helpful for aspiring patisserie chefs.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Like associate's degree programs, bachelor's degree programs in baking and pastry arts cover fundamental theoretical and technical aspects of food preparation. Because programs last for four years instead of two, students also have the opportunity to take more advanced courses in topics such as modern baking technologies, showpiece creation and sanitation procedures. In addition, the hands-on training is more extensive; students are required to complete one or more internships prior to graduation. Some schools also allow students to study abroad.
It is common to obtain a patisserie education through a program at a 2-year college. These programs focus on dessert preparation, and good schools will have modern facilities and offer hands-on training and work experience in addition to theoretical knowledge.