Baking & Decorative Arts


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99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.


Recent Graduates

There are 14 recent graduates of this Madison College program.

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 313141

Credits: 29

Area of Study: Culinary, Hospitality and Fitness

Delivery Method:
Some Online / Some In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,089.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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 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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.


To Apply

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 Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210.


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.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


Madison College Baking & Decorative Arts graduates are prepared to:

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

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

Graduates of this program typically earn $13 to $15 per hour.


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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates111014
    Number of Surveys Sent111014
    Number of Surveys Returned847
    Percent of Surveys Returned72.7%40.0%50.0%
    Available for Employment734
    Percent Available for Employment87.5%100.0%57.1%
    Not in Labor Market113
    Percent Not in Labor Market12.5%33.3%42.9%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed633
    Percent of Graduates Employed85.7%100.0%75.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation512
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation83.3%33.3%66.7%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation111
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation16.7%33.3%33.3%
    Employed - No Response010
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%33.3%0.0%
    Seeking Employment101
    Percent Seeking Employment14.3%0.0%25.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses837
    Very Satisfied (4)315
    Percent Very Satisfied37.5%33.3%71.4%
    Satisfied (3)422
    Percent Satisfied50.0%66.7%28.6%
    Unsatisfied (2)100
    Percent Unsatisfied12.5%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)000
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses847
    Preparation for Getting a Job222
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job25.0%50.0%28.6%
    Career Change301
    Percent Career Change37.5%0.0%14.3%
    Improvement of Existing Skills101
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills12.5%0.0%14.3%
    Preparation for Further Education010
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.0%25.0%0.0%
    Personal Interest213
    Percent Personal Interest25.0%25.0%42.9%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses423
    Before Enrollment101
    Percent Before Enrollment25.0%0.0%33.3%
    While Attending the College301
    Percent While Attending the College75.0%0.0%33.3%
    After Training at the College021
    Percent After Training at the College0.0%100.0%33.3%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses633
    In College District502
    Percent In College District83.3%0.0%66.7%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District121
    Percent of In Wisconsin16.7%66.7%33.3%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown010
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%33.3%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count311
    Average Monthly Wage$2,336$2,236$1,806
    Average Hourly Wage$13.58$13.00$10.50
    Average Work Hours per Week41.240.040.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
    Average Hourly Wage$12.75
    Average Work Hours per Week30.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    The American Club Pastry Cook Kohler

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