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Baking & Decorative Arts
Program Number: 313141
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
28 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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$4,016.60 Tuition
$1,541.36 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$446.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    In the Baking & Decorative Arts technical diploma program at Madison College, you'll gain wide-ranging, hands-on experiences in baking and pastry arts. You will receive practical and theoretical training on producing bakery products from scratch (like pastries, tortes and hearth breads) cake decorating, sugar and chocolate work, and plated dessert presentations. You will also learn real-world merchandising and sales training by working in the bakery on campus. 

    The Baking & Decorative Arts program at Madison College is approved by the Retail Bakers of America (RBA) and the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Upon completion of the program combined with 1,000 hours of work experience in the baking industry, students can take the RBA’s Certified Journey Baker written exam. This is the beginning level of certification leading up to a Master Baker qualification. The purpose of RBA certification is to raise the professional standards and verify the work, skill and knowledge professional bakers bring to the marketplace and improve job opportunities and income for certified bakers and decorators.

    Program Details

    Students in the Baking & Decorative Arts program attend full time.

    Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

    Baking & Decorative Arts classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax


    Earning your technical diploma in the Baking & Decorative Arts program at Madison College prepares you for valuable work as a bakery worker/assistant pastry chef in a variety of commercial environments such as: 

    • Retail bakeries
    • Supermarket bakeries
    • Restaurants or hotels
    • Hospitals or nursing homes
    • Catering operations
    • Specialty shops

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • Bakery Manager
    • Commercial Cake Decorator
    • Bakery Owner
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Prior to Start of Program
    1 credit
    First Semester
    3 credits
    1 credit
    2 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    1 credit
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!
    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2023

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2023

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Students must submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, complete the Next Steps after Program Acceptance to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.


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  • Career Outcomes

    Madison College Baking & Decorative Arts graduates are prepared to:

    • Read and follow written and oral directions in preparing bakery products.
    • Produce a variety of saleable scratch bakery items in a timely manner.
    • Work effectively with others to achieve production goals.
    • Calculate formulas to production size.
    • Practice proper state and federal safety and sanitation procedures.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates10148
      Number of Surveys Sent10148
      Number of Surveys Returned477
      Percent of Surveys Returned40.00%50.00%87.50%
      Available for Employment346
      Percent Available for Employment100.00%57.10%85.70%
      Not in Labor Market131
      Percent Not in Labor Market33.30%42.90%14.30%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed336
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%75.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation124
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation33.30%66.70%66.70%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation112
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation33.30%33.30%33.30%
      Employed - No Response100
      Percent Employed - No Response33.30%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment010
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%25.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses377
      Very Satisfied (4)154
      Percent Very Satisfied33.30%71.40%57.10%
      Satisfied (3)223
      Percent Satisfied66.70%28.60%42.90%
      Unsatisfied (2)000
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses477
      Preparation for Getting a Job225
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job50.00%28.60%71.40%
      Career Change010
      Percent Career Change0.00%14.30%0.00%
      Improvement of Existing Skills010
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%14.30%0.00%
      Preparation for Further Education100
      Percent Preparation for Further Education25.00%0.00%0.00%
      Personal Interest132
      Percent Personal Interest25.00%42.90%28.60%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses236
      Before Enrollment011
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%33.30%16.70%
      While Attending the College010
      Percent While Attending the College0.00%33.30%0.00%
      After Training at the College215
      Percent After Training at the College100.00%33.30%83.30%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses336
      In College District024
      Percent In College District0.00%66.70%66.70%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District210
      Percent of In Wisconsin66.70%33.30%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin002
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%33.30%
      Employer Location Unknown100
      Percent Location Unknown33.30%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend201920202021
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count112
      Average Monthly Wage$2,236$1,806$2,537
      Average Hourly Wage$13.00$10.50$14.75
      Average Work Hours per Week404048.3
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count11
      Average Hourly Wage$12.75$11.00
      Average Work Hours per Week3030
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2021
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Madison SourdoughBaker
      Nothing Bundt CakesBaking Assistant

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1701 Wright Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704
608.246.6003 (Ext. 8)


Summer Service Hours

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  • Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm Virtual Only
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