Learn to run your own bakery or café, design spectacular cakes, or prepare desserts for high-end catered affairs? If so, the CIA Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) in Baking and Pastry Arts degree program is for you. Our industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that provides you with 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 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!
- Throughout your education, learn to create artisan breads, desserts, pastries, chocolates, and confections.
- Learn the basics of cooking, gastronomy, menu development, food safety, and cost control.
- Study pastry techniques, baking ingredients and technology, hospitality, nutrition, and principles of design.
- Bake simple and complex cakes and tortes using a variety of techniques as well as classical and modern presentations.
- Hone your business skills with courses in management, communications, and finance.
- Gain real-world experience through a 15-week paid internship at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners.
- By working in the CIA’s student-staffed Apple Pie Bakery Café, experience firsthand how a successful bakery café is operated. All CIA restaurants are public-facing, fully operational retail dining establishments that serve more than 333,000 customers annually.
- Interact with more than 130 companies that visit CIA’s campus four times a year to recruit students. Discuss career opportunities with these leaders, which include Bread Alone, Carlo’s Bakery, Hershey Resorts, Magnolia Bakery, Something Natural, and Walt Disney World, among many others.