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Baking and Pastry Arts Program

Pastry students

If you have successfully completed the Culinary Arts curriculum at IUP or have graduated from an ACF-accredited Culinary Arts program elsewhere, you may be eligible to apply to the Baking and Pastry Arts major.

Expand your baking expertise in this second-year baking and pastry arts program!

For an industry in demand for baking professionals with advanced technical skills, you’ll be sure to leave our program prepared to step out into a professional career. Our second-year Baking and Pastry Arts program continues the comprehensive baking instruction that students receive in the Culinary Arts program at IUP or another accredited culinary program. The advanced-level program provides some of the most premier pastry training available in the country to new culinarians. Fifteen-student class sizes allow a personal approach to instruction by veteran ACF-certified executive pastry chefs and culinary educators.

Take your current baking skills to a whole new level

Our “one of a kind” curriculum, according to the American Culinary Federation, has received the highest level of accreditation. As a part of our curriculum, you will study in the Bake Shop laboratory for two semesters, fall and spring. Each semester consists of five three-week courses, for a total of 10 courses.

The subjects you will study include an expanded curriculum in:

  • quick breads, laminated dough
  • basic and artisanal breads
  • pies, tarts, pastries
  • cookies, petit four, cakes
  • advanced cake decorating and wedding cakes
  • custards and mousse
  • plated desserts
  • chocolate and candies
  • ice cream and sorbet
  • pastillage, chocolate, and sugar showpieces

Read more about the courses you will take in our Baking and Pastry Arts program.

Gain real-world experience at a paid baking externship

Your final semester will be a 450-hour paid baking externship. You will apply and further develop the skills that you have learned in the classroom as you work with experienced industry chefs in the field. Your externship not only completes your education; it may well develop into a permanent position or a valuable reference for future employment.

  • Academy of Culinary Arts
  • 1012 Winslow Street
    Punxsutawney, PA 15767
  • Phone: 800-438-6424
  • Fax: 814-938-1158
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.