Baking and Pastry Arts

Baking and Pastry Arts

Baked goods and pastries offer culinary professionals the chance to blend their cooking skills with a dash of creativity and a pinch of artistry. If creating sumptuous tarts and clever cakes sounds like a recipe for your future, consider Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV), ECPI University’s School of Culinary Arts. Here, award-winning chefs with “real-world” experience are prepared to help you enter this dynamic segment of the food service industry.

Through our hands-on program, you can earn a diploma in Baking and Pastry Arts in as little as 40 weeks. Our experienced chef instructors will guide you as you work with industry-standard equipment and prepare for an intensive but exciting externship.

An Associate of Applied Science Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts is also available and can be earned in less than 15 months.

For more information about this program, please see the program description in the University Catalog. Baking and Pastry Arts Program Description

The Baking and Pastry Arts Diploma program combines both the theory and science of baking with practical applications, allowing students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to compete for employment in the baking and pastry profession. After training in our well-equipped professional kitchens, graduates should be able to:

  • Apply sound judgment and ethical practices in the professional baking and pastry environment.
  • Ensure a safe and sanitary bake shop.
  • Apply learned baking and pastry techniques and proper professional equipment use.
  • Collaborate effectively with team members to achieve success.
  • Develop and execute recipes for small and large production levels.
  • Utilize alternative baking techniques to accommodate specialty diets and allergies.

Bakers and pastry artists work in a wide variety of work settings including bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels/resorts, manufacturing and contract dining facilities. Retail bakers produce smaller quantities of baked goods. Some own bakery shops or other types of businesses which means they also oversee the entire baking process, including hiring, training, and supervising staff. They also handle financial matters such as budgeting, purchasing and estimating.

Commercial baking positions are also available in manufacturing facilities which produce breads and pastries in large quantities for distribution using high-volume mixers, large, automated machines, industrial ovens and conveyors. They follow daily instructions for production schedules and recipes, and also may develop new recipes.*

* Derived from U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

Future Possible Careers For This Program

12.0505 Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant
35-2012.00 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
35-2013.00 Cooks, Private Household
35-2019.00 Cooks, All Other


Time frame: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 Award Year 2012-13


How long will it take to complete this program?


The program is designed to take 10 months to complete.
--% of graduates from this program finish in this time.*
The median time for graduates to complete this program is -- months.*

*For the period June 2012 to June 2013, there were no graduates from this program.



What is the total cost of this program for me?


At ECPI University, programs are competitively priced and are designed to help you achieve your goals. That can give you the edge over students at other colleges who might still be attending class.

Program Cost/Tuition Chart
Books & Supplies $1,046.00
Tuition and Fees $20,019.00
Total Tuition $21,065.00

Foundation course requirements can result in additional costs and increase the time to graduation. Actual cost may vary depending on actual time to graduate, and subject to any necessary tuition increases. (for all programs and schools)


Time frame: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 Award Year 2012-13.


What are my financing options to pay for the program?


In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, graduates used loans to finance their education. The median debt for program graduates is:

Loan Type Amount
Federal Median Loans $---
Private Median Loans $---
Institutional Median Loans $---

*This is a newer program. No graduates reported for this period.