Baking & Pastry Arts

Baking & Pastry Arts

Learning By Doing, A Recipe For Success.

Baking is an art to enjoy with all the senses. Combine your natural talents with hands-on experience in Kirkwood’s Baking and Pastry Arts program.

Gain incredible skills while creating edible masterpieces in our state-of-the-art bakery lab. You’ll even prepare exquisite desserts for guests at the four-diamond rated Hotel at Kirkwood Center and The Class Act Restaurant.

Learn from passionate instructors and industry professionals.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, and there are many specifically for students enrolled in baking & pastry arts and other hospitality programs.

In just one year, you’ll develop technical baking and artistic decorating skills. Plus, you'll learn essential business savvy to succeed in the hospitality industry.

  • Science of Baking
  • International Breads
  • Wedding Cake Decorating
  • Baking for Dietary Restrictions
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Cost Control and Merchandising
  • Sanitation and Safety

All new students are required to attend a program conference. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and get answers about the Baking & Pastry Arts program, including specific admissions requirements.

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Educate and develop future leaders for the baking and pastry profession.

Graduates of the Bakery and Pastry Arts program will be able to:

  • Identify, safely operate, and maintain a variety of commercial hand tools and equipment used in a professional bakery.
  • Accurately measure ingredients in accordance with standardized recipes using weights, measures, and conversions.
  • Determine differences between fundamental ingredients and explain how they interact during the baking process.
  • Demonstrate proficient use of classical baking methods and cake decorating techniques to produce a variety of saleable bakery products.
  • Employ appropriate sanitation and safety measures in order to minimize the risks associated with food borne illness.
  • Calculate and interpret fundamental production mathematical and cost bases including food cost percentages, yield analysis, recipe conversions, and costs associated with inventory management.

Kirkwood students who want to pursue a four-year degree can transfer seamlessly to many colleges and universities. Talk to the Advising & Transfer Center to discover where your Kirkwood education can take you!

Kirkwood grads work as:

  • Pastry chefs
  • Production bakers
  • Cake decorators
  • Baker’s assistants

Learn more about gainful employment information, including graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other information.

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Kirkwood’s hospitality department includes industry-seasoned instructors and faculty members, all with valuable real-world experience. They know what employers need right now – and they're ready to teach you today. 

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Hospitality Arts
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
319-848-8770
hospitalityarts@kirkwood.edu

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