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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 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 the Madison College Truax campus.
Baking and Decorative Arts Careers
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 2023-2024 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
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 open
- Application completion deadline is August 15, 2024
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
Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:
- High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
- GED/HSED transcript
- College transcript(s) showing:
- Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
- At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
- The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
- Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum
All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.
- 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
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 14 8 13 Number of Surveys Sent 14 8 13 Number of Surveys Returned 7 7 9 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 4 6 8 Percent Available for Employment 57.10% 85.70% 88.90% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 42.90% 14.30% 11.10% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 3 6 8 Percent of Graduates Employed 75.00% 100.00% 100.00% Employed in Related Occupation 2 4 8 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 66.70% 66.70% 100.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 1 2 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 33.30% 33.30% 0.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 1 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 25.00% 0.00% 0.00% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.7 3.6 3.6 Number of Satisfaction Responses 7 7 9 Very Satisfied (4) 5 4 5 Percent Very Satisfied 71.40% 57.10% 55.60% Satisfied (3) 2 3 4 Percent Satisfied 28.60% 42.90% 44.40% Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 7 7 9 Preparation for Getting a Job 2 5 3 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 28.60% 71.40% 33.30% Career Change 1 0 4 Percent Career Change 14.30% 0.00% 44.40% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 0 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 14.30% 0.00% 11.10% Preparation for Further Education 0 0 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Personal Interest 3 2 1 Percent Personal Interest 42.90% 28.60% 11.10% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 3 6 8 Before Enrollment 1 1 2 Percent Before Enrollment 33.30% 16.70% 25.00% While Attending the College 1 0 3 Percent While Attending the College 33.30% 0.00% 37.50% After Training at the College 1 5 3 Percent After Training at the College 33.30% 83.30% 37.50% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 2 6 8 In College District 2 4 8 Percent In College District 100.00% 66.70% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 2 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 33.30% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 2 4 Average Monthly Wage $1,806 $2,537 $3,216 Average Hourly Wage $10.50 $14.75 $18.70 Average Work Hours per Week 40 48.3 42 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1 4 Average Hourly Wage $12.75 $11.00 $16.25 Average Work Hours per Week 30 30 14.3
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Bloom Bake Shop Decorator Cookies by Design Decorator & Baker Monona Cookies by Design Bakery Manager Monona Elegant Foods Baker Lazy Jane's Café and Bakery Bakery Supervisor Madison Area Technical College Food Service Associate Madison Area Technical College Baker
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