6 Month Baking & Pastry Arts Diploma

Our next intake commences on September 27, 2021. We are also currently accepting applications for the January 4, 2022, April 4, 2022, and July 4, 2022 intakes. 

For more information, please contact our Admissions Department.

6 Month, Full-Time Baking & Pastry Arts Diploma Program (5 days per week / 7 hours per day: on-site and online)
Quarterly intakes (AM and PM schedules)
840 hours
Employment placement support
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Program Details

Baking & Pastry Arts students begin their training with measuring and scaling techniques, kitchen terminology and launch their practical skill training in artisan breads, pastry dough and batters, cookies, cakes, fillings, dessert sauces and chocolate.  

Advanced instruction in our Patisserie and Bread Kitchens allows students to sharpen their practical skills as they produce artisan breads, pastries, desserts and cakes for Blue Hat Bakery and plated desserts for Blue Hat Bistro.



  • Graduation from Grade 12 or equivalent (GED), or mature student (19+)
  • Hepatitis A immunity
  • Copy of Provincial Medical Insurance
  • Government Issued Photo ID (i.e. passport, driver's license)


  • Valid Study Permit 
  • Private Medical Insurance Coverage
  • Hepatitis A immunity
  • Graduation from Grade 12 or equivalent (GED), or mature student (19+)
  • Government Issued Photo ID (i.e. passport)


  • English Language Proficiency: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 65, or
  • High School or Post-Secondary Diploma if English is the language of instruction


  • Domestic: $20,578
  • International: $26,978

Tuition Refund Policy

Course Inclusions

Course Inclussions

  • Food & Beverage Operations Management covering effective menu planning, inventory control, costing and various food operations.

These courses provide students with an in-depth knowledge of hospitality operations beyond the kitchens doors ensuring students gain a more well-rounded education.

Program Topics

Food Safety & Sanitation
Principles of Artisan Bread
Introduction to Professional Kitchens
Naturally Fermented Breads
Ingredient Functions
Sauces, Coulis & Compotes
The Science of Baking
Cremes, Flans & Custards
Croissant, Danish & Puff Pastry
Frozen Desserts
Baked Cakes & Sponges
Modern & Classic Cakes
Mousse Cakes
Pies & Tarts
Celebration Cakes (Intro to Cake Decorating)
Quick Breads
Choux Pastry (Eclairs & Profiteroles)
Chocolate Work
Nutrition & Allergies (GF, Vegan)
Plated Desserts
Sensory & Palate Training
Kitchen Sustainability – Farm to Table
Food Trends
Molecular Gastronomy
Food Photography
Catering Development
Food Costing
Resume Workshops
Industry Liaisoning

Lifetime Job Placement Assistance services for every graduate. Apply today to begin your pastry career.

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At Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts we are passionate about providing expertly trained graduates for the rapidly growing food and hospitality industry worldwide. Along with small class sizes, dedicated Chef Instructors and our eight professional kitchens with Lifetime Employment Placement Assistance, you have the right ingredients for a delicious career.

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Student Testimonials

PICA has been a great stepping stone into the hospitality industry. The Chefs really push for excellence in all of their students. PICA has become a home for the past six months.

David Y. Baking & Pastry Arts

Learning here was a wonderful privilege. I encourage anyone that has any doubts to forget them.

Miki S. Baking & Pastry Arts

Amazing experience, excellent professional Chefs that want to prepare you for the future. I have enjoyed every day of the last six months; thank you PICA!

Andrea P. Baking & Pastry Arts

The biggest lesson at PICA isn’t the technical skills you pick up – although they’re second to none - the biggest lesson is the attitudes the chef instructors inspire in their students; their ability to push you past your limits and leave you with the judgment and discipline to temper your own creativity.

Dave W. 1 Year Culinary/Baking & Pastry Arts