Baking & Decorative Arts


Student Satisfaction

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


Annual Salary

Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $26,832.


Job Placement

Within six months of graduation.

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 - $4,028.10
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 program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your 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 Graduates101110
    Number of Surveys Sent101110
    Number of Surveys Returned884
    Percent of Surveys Returned80.00%72.70%40.00%
    Available for Employment573
    Percent Available for Employment62.50%87.50%75.00%
    Not in Labor Market311
    Percent Not in Labor Market37.50%12.50%25.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed563
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%85.70%100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation451
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation80.00%83.30%33.30%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation111
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation20.00%16.70%33.30%
    Employed - No Response001
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%33.30%
    Seeking Employment010
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%14.30%0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
    Number of Satisfaction Responses883
    Very Satisfied (4)231
    Percent Very Satisfied25.00%37.50%33.30%
    Satisfied (3)242
    Percent Satisfied25.00%50.00%66.70%
    Unsatisfied (2)210
    Percent Unsatisfied25.00%12.50%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)200
    Percent Very Unsatisfied25.00%0.00%0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses884
    Preparation for Getting a Job522
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job62.50%25.00%50.00%
    Career Change130
    Percent Career Change12.50%37.50%0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills110
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills12.50%12.50%0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education001
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%0.00%25.00%
    Personal Interest121
    Percent Personal Interest12.50%25.00%25.00%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses542
    Before Enrollment110
    Percent Before Enrollment20.00%25.00%0.00%
    While Attending the College030
    Percent While Attending the College0.00%75.00%0.00%
    After Training at the College402
    Percent After Training at the College80.00%0.00%100.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses563
    In College District450
    Percent In College District80.00%83.30%0.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District112
    Percent of In Wisconsin20.00%16.70%66.70%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown001
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%33.30%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count331
    Average Monthly Wage$1,691 $2,336 $2,236
    Average Hourly Wage$9.83 $13.58 $13.00
    Average Work Hours per Week41.341.240
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • 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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