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Associate of Applied Science in Baking and Pastry Arts

Explore Your Culinary Creativity While Learning from Pastry School Industry Masters

Stratford’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Baking and Pastry Arts program is one of our most exciting programs as it takes you beyond mastering culinary skills to tapping into your inner creativity. Through baking school coursework, you will learn how to create delectable desserts and pastry masterpieces that will dazzle private dining and restaurant guests.

Staffed by some of the top professional pastry chefs in the industry, Stratford’s Associate in Baking and Pastry Arts program produces top pastry chefs who are employed at some of the nation’s leading restaurants, hotels and hospitality venues. Under the guidance of these seasoned professionals, you will learn the latest in domestic and international baking techniques while enhancing your skills in professionalism and customer service.

Moreover, you will sharpen important job-related skills—critical thinking, problem solving, nutritional analysis, and food safety techniques—all designed to make you a well-rounded culinary professional.

Credits Required

Number of Classes

Core Component

58.5

13

Electives

9

2

Arts and Sciences

22.5

5

Total Required for Graduation

90

20

A Rewarding Career is Waiting For You

Stratford University produces some of the nation’s top culinary professionals.  Some of our alumni are employed by leading foodservice and hospitality entities, including Marriott, Hyatt, Aramark, Kroger, Sodexo, Westin Hotel, and more.

Here is a sampling of the rewarding career paths waiting for you.

  • Bakers
  • Pastry Chef
  • Executive Pastry Chef
  • Restaurant/Head Cook
  • Food Preparation Professional

Gain Real World Experience

Stratford’s Associate in Advanced Baking and Pastry Arts will help you obtain valuable experience in food preparation and delivery.  By completing a required Culinary Skills Externship, you will become familiar with the daily operations of a food and beverage facility, and gain valuable experience working in a commercial kitchen environment.

Teaching Methods and Distance Learning

During this hands-on learning experience, you will be exposed to a variety of teaching methodologies (i.e. lectures, lab exercises, baking competitions, tastings, and dining events, etc.) designed to expand your culinary creativity and enhance your baking skills. 

For class instruction, you can choose from our Baltimore, Maryland location or one of our Virginia campuses. Our instructional options also include distance learning in which you may complete select courses online. You may also combine online course offerings with classroom instruction to decrease in-class time.

State-of the-Art Learning Environments

Stratford offers state-of-the-art teaching facilities that provide the perfect setting for developing and honing your culinary skills. Our culinary and baking kitchens are equipped with tools and equipment found in commercial facilities and are used for time-tested classical preparations and teaching the trendiest most modern techniques. Our facilities accommodate small, hands-on lab activities and are designed to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing between instructors and students.  

Take the next step towards becoming an executive or pastry chef. Contact us to learn how to get started.

An Associate Program that Fits Your Busy Schedule

Stratford offers the convenience of flexible course schedules as well as full and part-time programs. Residential classes are offered day, evening, and weekends to accommodate your busy schedule. All residential classes are blended with a portion of the course delivered online to reduce the time in the classroom. You can complete a class in five or ten weeks and start your program five times a year (January, March, May, August, and September). 

Scheduling flexibility contributes tremendously to student success. Between 2011 and 2012, 100% of full-time and 100% of part-time Associate in Baking and Pastry Arts students completed the program on time.  

Visit Student Disclosures to obtain tuition and fee information, graduation and employment rates, and other student consumer data on Stratford’s Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Baking and Pastry Arts program.

Code Name Credits
CUL111
Culinary Theory and Sanitation
4.5
CUL160
Fundamentals of Baking
4.5
BAK124
Artisan Bread
4.5
BAK134
Cakes, Custards, and Creams
4.5
BAK144
Culinary Arts for Bakers
4.5
BAK154
Specialty and Wedding Cakes
4.5
BAK164
Plated Desserts
4.5
BAK174
Confectionary Production
4.5
CUL170
Advanced Culinary Theory
4.5
CUL210
Nutrition & Menu Planning
4.5
CUL215
Dining Room Service
4.5
CUL271
Culinary Skills Externship I
4.5
HOS270
Hospitality Supervision
4.5

See the Arts and Sciences Elective Pool Requirements

Code Name Credits