Baking & Pastry Arts - A.S.

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The Baking & Pastry Arts associate degree program provides students with a practical, skill-based baking and pastry education that explores both traditional and contemporary techniques in the production of breads, pastries, cakes and desserts. The baking and pastry arts students, using the medium of food, progress through a program of study that builds competency in celebration cakes, artisan breads, chocolate confections, plated desserts and classic pastries in state-of-the-art laboratory classrooms.   

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Utilize multiple classical and contemporary cooking and baking techniques to prepare, produce and present baked products, pastries and desserts.

  • Perform the skills and techniques of professional artisanal bread baking and viennoiserie.

  • Apply FDA recommended food safety and sanitation principles to food and beverage products, tools and equipment used throughout the "flow of the food" in food and beverage operations.

  • Implement cost control measures to track goods, services and costs through the cycle of cost control and to evaluate revenue and expenses and their effect on profitability.

  • Communicate professionally and exhibit appropriate decision making skills with respect for individual and team diversity as it applies to the food service industry.

The first-year baking and pastry laboratory focuses on skill development and the combining of ingredients to produce pastries, breads, cakes, frozen desserts and chocolates. The second year focuses on advanced techniques for the production of cakes, entremets, artisan breads and plated desserts. 

Craft-based training is paired with traditional academic courses resulting in a curriculum that is both dynamic and directly aligned with industry needs. Students learn to develop recipes, implement cost controls, apply food safety and achieve a Conference for Food Protection approved Food Safety Manager Certification. General studies courses engage students in critical thinking and communication practices that align with industry expectations. The associate degree includes an internship experience that helps students gain industry experience. Students may engage in the internship experience locally, nationally and internationally if specified requirements are met. 

Graduates of the Baking & Pastry Arts associate degree are eligible or may apply for entrance into the following Bachelor of Science degree programs: Baking & Pastry Arts, Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management, Culinary Science & Product Development, Culinary Arts, Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship, or Business Studies. Certain requirements pertain to each of these bachelor degree programs, which are noted in their respective program descriptions.

Baking & Pastry Arts

A two-year program leading to an associate degree

Major Courses
BPA1010Fundamental Skills and Techniques3
BPA1015Classic Pastry3
BPA1035Chocolates and Confections3
BPA1045Principles of Artisan Bread Baking3
BPA1020Pies and Tarts3
BPA1025Cookies and Petits Fours3
BPA1060How Baking Works3
BPA1710Principles of Cake Production and Design Will be taught in 20/21 AY as 3 semester credits4.5
BPA1720Plated Desserts Will be taught in 20/21 AY as 3 semester credits4.5
BPA2015Entremets and Petits Gâteaux Students following the 2019/20 catalog will take this course in their first year3
BPA2025Advanced Artisan Bread Baking Students following the 2019/20 catalog will take this course in their first year3
Applied/Experiential Learning
COCA2699College of Culinary Arts Intermediate Internship This internship, currently shown in the catalog as 13.5 quarter credits, will be converted in 2020-21 to 12 semester credits, equivalent to 18 quarter credits.18
Related Professional Studies
FSM1065Food Safety and Sanitation Management *1.5
FSM2025Food and Beverage Cost Control4.5
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses 13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning4.5
One ILS course at the 2000 level
A Survey of College Mathematics (or higher, based on student's placement)
A&S Electives4.5
One course with an EASC attribute.
Total Credits94.5

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Basic Mathematics or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.

Four-Year Options:

Please note the following campus considerations when choosing a Four-Year Option:

  • Applied Food Science, Innovation & Technology is only offered at the Charlotte Campus.
  • Baking & Pastry Arts bachelor's degree program is only offered at the Providence Campus for day students.
  • Baking & Pastry Arts and Food Service Management is not available for Denver CE.
  • Business Studies is not available for Denver CE.
  • Food & Beverage Entrepreneurship is only offered Online and at the Charlotte, North Miami and Providence campuses for day students.