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.
Students in the Baking & Decorative Arts program may attend full or part 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 2021-2022 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 ProgramFirst SemesterSecond Semester
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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.
Fall 2021 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2020
- Application completion deadline is August 15, 2021
Fall 2022 Application Dates
- Application available on September 15, 2021
- Application completion deadline is August 15, 2022
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
Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02 or completion of an associate degree or higher is required. Submit official transcripts for one of the following:
- high school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
- GED/HSED score report
- college transcript showing an associate degree or higher
3. Residency Requirement
All applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for admission application review.
- 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.
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.
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 Report Summary Overview
2018 2019 2020 Number of Program Graduates 11 10 14 Number of Surveys Sent 11 10 14 Number of Surveys Returned 8 4 7 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 7 3 4 Percent Available for Employment 87.5% 100.0% 57.1% Not in Labor Market 1 1 3 Percent Not in Labor Market 12.5% 33.3% 42.9% Available for Employment
2018 2019 2020 Graduates Employed 6 3 3 Percent of Graduates Employed 85.7% 100.0% 75.0% Employed in Related Occupation 5 1 2 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 83.3% 33.3% 66.7% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 1 1 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 16.7% 33.3% 33.3% Employed - No Response 0 1 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 33.3% 0.0% Seeking Employment 1 0 1 Percent Seeking Employment 14.3% 0.0% 25.0% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.3 3.3 3.7 Number of Satisfaction Responses 8 3 7 Very Satisfied (4) 3 1 5 Percent Very Satisfied 37.5% 33.3% 71.4% Satisfied (3) 4 2 2 Percent Satisfied 50.0% 66.7% 28.6% Unsatisfied (2) 1 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 12.5% 0.0% 0.0% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Number of Primary Reason Responses 8 4 7 Preparation for Getting a Job 2 2 2 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 25.0% 50.0% 28.6% Career Change 3 0 1 Percent Career Change 37.5% 0.0% 14.3% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 12.5% 0.0% 14.3% Preparation for Further Education 0 1 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.0% 25.0% 0.0% Personal Interest 2 1 3 Percent Personal Interest 25.0% 25.0% 42.9% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% When Employment was Obtained
2018 2019 2020 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 4 2 3 Before Enrollment 1 0 1 Percent Before Enrollment 25.0% 0.0% 33.3% While Attending the College 3 0 1 Percent While Attending the College 75.0% 0.0% 33.3% After Training at the College 0 2 1 Percent After Training at the College 0.0% 100.0% 33.3% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2018 2019 2020 Number of Employment Location Responses 6 3 3 In College District 5 0 2 Percent In College District 83.3% 0.0% 66.7% In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 2 1 Percent of In Wisconsin 16.7% 66.7% 33.3% Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Employer Location Unknown 0 1 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 33.3% 0.0% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 1 1 Average Monthly Wage $2,336 $2,236 $1,806 Average Hourly Wage $13.58 $13.00 $10.50 Average Work Hours per Week 41.2 40.0 40.0 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 Average Hourly Wage $12.75 Average Work Hours per Week 30.0
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Festival Foods Cake Decorator New Glarus Bakery Baker's Assistant New Glarus
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