Baking and Pastry Arts

Associate in Applied Science
Career Degree

Ignite your creativity in baking and pastry arts

Advance your career in the pastry world with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in baking and pastry arts. Showcase the expertise you develop in the Garde Manger reception at the end of each semester.

In our lab classes, you learn the basics of baking. In advanced pastry classes, you'll create, design, implement and serve your pastries with show-stopping presentations.

Your coursework covers:

  • professionalism and teamwork
  • baking techniques and procedures
  • functions of ingredients
  • reading recipes and creating menus
  • knife skills

What can you do with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts?

Many of our graduates have become supervisors and managers within a short time after graduation. Your A.A.S. degree widens your skill set and prepares you for higher-level roles in the industry.

You can progress to work as an owner or in corporate locations. Depending on your current work experience, you may begin at a lead, supervisor or manager level.

Start right away with your certificate in roles such as:

  • baker
  • pastry cook
  • assistant bakery manager

With additional education or experience, you can become:

  • assistant pastry chef
  • pastry chef
  • bakery manager


  • Career Degree

    Earn an associate degree in 2 years and gain in-demand technical and job-ready skills.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.

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Recommended Pathway

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. View degree requirements in the college catalog.

*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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