Sullivan’s Baking & Pastry Arts program prepares those with a passion for baking to make their mark on an industry that demands both creativity and skill.

Our program provides you with hands-on training in baking theory and technique, as well as opportunities to test your skills in regional, national and international competitions.

Under Sullivan’s world-renowned chef-instructors, you will learn how to create both modern and traditional breads, pastries, candies and desserts. Best of all, Baking & Pastry Arts students complete practicums and externships at restaurants and bakeries around Louisville, including Sullivan’s on-campus retail bakery, in order to gain experience.

  • To provide the finest foundational knowledge, skills and experiential learning to students entering into the hospitality industry by teaching both practical and knowledge-based industry standards.
  • To teach students classic methods needed to produce essential pastry items—from artisan bread baking to advanced sugar making to chocolate work—while also introducing you to necessary ingredient functionality and a working knowledge of how ingredients react to each other to produce certain beneficial results for successful baked goods.
  • Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies (NCHS) has long set the standard for hospitality education, earning a reputation over the past three decades as one of the top hospitality schools in the U.S.
  • Baking & Pastry Arts students can complete externships and practicums at Sullivan’s fine-dining training restaurant as well as our retail pastry shop The Bakery, both located on-campus and staffed by NCHS students.
  • Sullivan’s Baking and Pastry Arts student competition team holds an impressive winning record. Sullivan recently sent four members of the team to the Internationale Kockkunst Ausstellung Culinary Olympics in Germany. Since there is no student category in the Culinary Olympics, the team competed against the very best chefs from 45 nations—and still all but swept the competition. The team brought home one silver medal, two bronze medals and a diploma, proving that a baking and pastry arts education from Sullivan is truly world-class.
  • Thanks to Sullivan’s streamlined approach to education and year-round 11-week quarters, you can complete your degree in just 18 months.

96 Credit Hours
Length: 18 months
Time length for program completion will vary depending upon the number of courses taken per term, developmental courses when required, transfer credit accepted, lack of continuous enrollment, etc.

CourseTitlesCredit Hours
BFS 104Basic Culinary Theory4
BFS 106Basic Culinary Skills Laboratory6
CAM 134Food Service Sanitation4
CAM 174Basic Nutrition4
CAM 284Food and Beverage Control4
COM 214Public Speaking4
ENG 101Composition I4
FYE 101Information Literacy4
HRM 164Hospitality Management and Supervision4
MTH 115Principles of Mathematics4
PBA 124Baking Science4
PBA 126Baking Fundamentals6
PBA 134Artisan Theory4
PBA 136Advanced Techniques in Bread6
PBA 216Modern Pastry Techniques6
PBA 244Baking & Pastry Entrepreneurship4
PBA 246Global Pastry Arts & Design6
PBA 266Baking Practicum6
General Studies Electives (12 Additional Credit Hours)12
Students must choose three additional General Education classes, including one from the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category, one from the Social/Behavioral Sciences Category, and one from the Humanities/Fine Arts category. These classes are in addition to the required General Education classes listed in the program.
Total Credit Hours96

Where will a degree from Sullivan take you?

With an Associate Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts from Sullivan University, you’ll gain the skills and experience you need to work as a pastry chef or baker at places such as

  • Fine restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Cruise lines
  • Catering businesses
  • Specialty shops, such as a chocolatier, boulangerie or confectionary
  • Research and development kitchens
  • Your own business

Quincy’s Day at NCHS Chef Spendlove Named Certified Master Pastry Chef

Associate of Science in Baking & Pastry Arts

Start Your Career in as Little as 18 Months.

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