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  • CIA Baking and Pastry Arts Associate Degree

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  • Sweet Dreams

    Have you had a desire to run your own bakery or caf辿 as far back as you can remember? Or to design spectacular cakes or prepare desserts for elegant catered affairs? The CIA Associate in Baking and Pastry Arts degree program is where you can make these dreams happen! In less than two years, youll be well on your way to a successful career in this creative profession thanks to the best hands-on learning experience with our expert, industry-proven faculty.

    Highlights:

    • Learn how to craft delicious high-end products like chocolates, confections, pastries, artisan breads, cakes, and plated desserts.
    • Study pastry techniques, baking ingredients and technology, and principles of design.
    • Gain real-world experience through a paid internship semester at one of the CIAs 2,000+ food industry partners. (Already have experience? Check out our Turbo Option.)
    • Hone your business skills with study in management, communications, and finance.
    • Discover how a retail bakery operation is runhands-on in CIAs bakery caf辿, one of our that serve thousands of customers annually.
    • Network with top baking and pastry employers who recruit at CIA throughout the year.

    Ready to get started? Apply Today!

    Earning a CIA associate degree is also a perfect way to seamlessly enter one of our bachelors degree programs.

    Rise to the Top in Baking and Pastry

    Explore all your career options at exciting venues such as:

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

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

    is as diverse as it is extensive. Theyve found success doing what they love. Now its your turn.

    Curriculum

    New York and California Campuses

    The 66-credit Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Baking and Pastry Arts degree program includes:

    • 52.5 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 caf辿 savory foods.

    As part of your degree program, youll 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 CIAs award-winning public restaurants.

    Texas Campus

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

    • 52.5 credits in baking and pastry arts requirements
    • 10.5 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 caf辿 savory foods.

    As part of your degree program, youll 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 CIAs award-winning public restaurants.

    Requirements for Admission

    • A high school diploma or GED credential.
    • This program is offered for in-person, full-time study at all three of CIAs domestic campuses: New York, California, and Texas.

    How to Apply

    Baking and Pastry School Costs

    CIA is very committed to making your CIA education as affordable as possible. Our costs are comparable to similar colleges, and heres even better newsmore than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid.

    Dont let applying for financial assistance keep you from going to the worlds premier culinary college. No matter what your individual circumstances are, we will work with you to help make attending CIA an affordable investment in your future in the world of food.

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  • School of Baking and Pastry Arts Gonfalon

    School of Baking and Pastry Arts

    The School of Baking and Pastry Arts advances baking and pastry skills in state-of-the-art bakeshops, classrooms, and restaurants on campus. Through the colleges vital industry partnerships and gift-in-kind program, students work in spectacular facilities such as the public-facing Apple Pie Bakery Caf辿 and have access to premium products like Ghirardelli chocolates. They also explore contemporary methods and concepts, such as baking for vegan, gluten-free, no-sugar, and dairy-free diets. The facultys expertise and extensive industry experience bring vibrant creativity and inspiration to learning. Learn more about our faculty >
  • Cool Courses Youll Take...

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    • Richard J. Coppedge, Jr.

      Faculty Spotlight

      Richard J. Coppedge, Jr.
      ProfessorBaking 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.
      Zachary Bryant, CIA New York Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts student.

      Student Spotlight

      Zachary Bryant
      Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts
      Every single chef Ive met has changed my life for the better. Each provided extensive and wise knowledge of the kitchen and life in general. Ill never forget what my chefs have taught me.
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