Culinary and Baking and Pastry Arts Program

  • Baking and pastry lesson IUP Culinary Arts Academy

    Do you have a desire to learn advanced pastry techniques? Begin your studies in culinary arts and continue on to baking and pastry arts.

    Get a well-rounded education from our combined Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts program

    You will study advanced pastry techniques and a wide range of cooking methods preparing you for employment in (and if you desire, future management of) both the pastry and the savory kitchen. With 240 hours of baking and pastry instruction in the core culinary arts program (more than many baking- and pastry-specific programs) and 750 additional hours of instruction in the baking and pastry program, you will develop your baking skills to an advanced level.

    Learn the cooking and baking techniques that make a great chef

    In Culinary Arts, you'll study classical, contemporary, and international cooking methods; practice professional knife skills; learn to garnish grand buffets; create artistic plates and platters; develop the foundational baking and pastry skills needed to progress to the advanced techniques you will learn in Baking and Pastry Arts; and more.

    In addition to learning culinary theory and methods, you'll sharpen your business know-how.

    You'll learn how to develop a unique menu and design the kitchen to produce it. You'll study management and motivation of employees, leadership and communication skills, purchasing and cost controls, and computer applications in food service. You'll also operate the academy restaurant, serving a menu of gourmet American cuisine to the public.

    The Baking and Pastry curriculum will take the solid baking skills that you developed in Culinary Arts to a whole new level.

    You will study in the Bake Shop laboratory for two semesters. Subjects will 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

    Gain real-world experience in a paid baking externship

    A 450-hour paid baking externship will complete your program in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts. 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.

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