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    CIA Baking and Pastry Arts Associate Degree

  • Rise to the challenge! Learn to run your own bakery or café, design spectacular cakes, or prepare desserts for high-end catered affairs. If you see yourself in this highly creative profession, the CIA Associate in Baking and Pastry Arts degree program is for you.

    Our expert, industry-proven faculty will ensure you receive the best hands-on learning experience that gives you the foundation for a successful career. After you’ve earned your degree in less than two years, you’ll be trained to craft high-end, delicious artisan breads, chocolates, confections, pastries, and plated desserts. A CIA associate degree is the perfect way to seamlessly enter our bachelor’s-level programs. Or hit the ground running by pursuing a CIA bachelor’s degree in your first year!

    Highlights:

    • Study pastry techniques, baking ingredients and technology, hospitality, nutrition, and principles of design.
    • Learn the basics of cooking, gastronomy, menu development, food safety, and cost control.
    • Bake simple and complex cakes and tortes using a variety of techniques as well as classical and modern presentations.
    • Gain real-world experience through a semester-long paid internship at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners. (If you already have food industry experience, you may be eligible to have your internship waived via our Turbo Option).
    • Hone your business skills with courses in management, communications, and finance.
    • Experience firsthand how a retail bakery operation is run in the CIA’s on-campus bakery café. All CIA restaurants are real-world, live-action classrooms that serve thousands of customers annually.
    • Have access to—and network with—top food industry employers who connect with the CIA throughout the year to recruit students.

    Ready to get started? Apply Today!

    Rise to the Top in Baking and Pastry

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that employment opportunities for chefs, including dessert and pastry chefs, will grow nine percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the national average for other careers. You’ll find plenty of employment opportunities at:

    • Bakeries
    • Bistros
    • Hotels
    • Private clubs
    • Resorts
    • Restaurants

    With so many possibilities, our Career Services staff is ready to help you every step of the way. There’s no network like the CIA network, which includes some of the world’s most renowned culinary, beverage, and hospitality experts.

    The list of celebrated CIA alumni is as diverse as it is extensive. They’ve found success doing what they love. Now it’s your turn.

    Learn about top baking and pastry careers - read CIA's whitepaper

    Curriculum

    New York and California Campuses

    The 69-credit Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Baking and Pastry Arts degree program includes:

    • 55.5 credits in baking and pastry arts requirements
    • 7.5 credits in liberal arts requirements
    • 6 credits in business management requirements

    You will get a hands-on experiential foundation in the baking and pastry arts, including specialty breads, confectionery art, production desserts, design, advanced baking principles, menus, and café savory foods.

    As part of your degree program, you’ll get real-world experience during a semester-long internship at one of more than 2,000 CIA-approved businesses, as well as in the kitchens and dining rooms of the CIA’s award-winning public restaurants.

    Texas Campus

    The 69-credit Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Baking and Pastry Arts degree program includes:

    • 51 credits in baking and pastry arts requirements
    • 12 credits in liberal arts requirements
    • 6 credits in business management requirements

    You will get a hands-on experiential foundation in the baking and pastry arts, including specialty breads, confectionery art, production desserts, design, advanced baking principles, menus, and café savory foods.

    As part of your degree program, you’ll get real-world experience during a semester-long internship at one of more than 2,000 CIA-approved businesses, as well as in the kitchens and dining rooms of the CIA’s award-winning public restaurants.

    See catalog for curriculum details

    Requirements for Admission

    • A high school diploma or GED credential.
    • Recommendation—One character letter of recommendation is required. It should be from an employer, teacher, or professional colleague either within or outside the foodservice industry. The letter should address your commitment to the food world, problem-solving ability, and persistence in either work or academics.

    How to Apply

    Baking & Pastry School Costs

    The CIA is very committed to making your CIA education as affordable as possible. Our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and here’s even better news—more than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

    Don’t let applying for financial assistance keep you from going to the world’s premier culinary college. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will work with you to help make attending the CIA an affordable investment in your future in the world of food.



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    Nov
    22
    Admissions information and open house event for adult & transfer students wishing to apply to The Culinary Institute of America.
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    Dec
    16
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    Nov
    19
    Admissions information and open house event for students wishing to apply to The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio.
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  • Contact Us

    Admissions Office
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
    Phone: 1-800-CULINARY
    Alt. Phone: 845-452-9430
    Fax: 845-451-1068
  • Stephen L. Durfee, CIA Professor—Baking and Pastry Arts, Calfornia campus.

    Faculty Spotlight

    Stephen L. Durfee
    Professor—Baking and Pastry Arts
    Professional Background:
    Pastry Chef, Charles Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA; Wheatleigh Hotel, Lenox, MA; Alison on Dominick Street, NYC. Pastry Chef, Sous Chef, Chef de Partie, The French Laundry, Yountville, CA. Pastry Instructor, Peter Kump's New York Cooking School, NYC.
    Richard Coppedge, CIA Professor—Baking and Pastry Arts

    Faculty Spotlight

    Richard J. Coppedge, Jr.
    Professor—Baking and Pastry Arts
    Awards:
    Marc Sarrazin Cup (CIA team), Salon of Culinary Arts, NYC, 1996, 1997; 1994 CIA Faculty Member of the Year; Diploma-Bread Display, 1994 and 1995, New York Food Show; Diploma, 1993 New York Food Show; Bronze Medal, Individual Pastry Buffet, ACF; First Place: Pastry Grand Buffet Work; Silver Medal: Bread Display; Judges Award: Sugar Display; Boston Food Show; Bread Centerpiece, Salon of Culinary Arts, NYC.
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