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Under the mentorship of our award-winning faculty, you’ll learn the science of baking bread and the art of blowing sugar. You’ll study the artistic principles of dessert decoration, from embellishing cupcakes to designing high-end wedding cakes.

Many of our students dream of owning their own bakery, café or chocolate shop. If you’re like them, you’ll appreciate our classes covering the business side of baking, such as food safety, cost control and food service management. During your internship, you’ll have the chance to work in an off-campus bakery or restaurant setting. This well-rounded A.A.S. in Baking and Pastry program at Kendall College , which also includes general education courses, can give you an advantage over other job candidates and prepare you for more rapid career advancement.


Check out some highlights of the baking and pastry coursework:

  • Advanced Pastry – This course develops student’s hands-on skills and artistry to create desserts, pastries, entremets, plated desserts, mousses, custards, and petit fours. The full dessert repertoire of a professional pastry chef will be learned. Precision techniques such as finishing, piping, plating, and garnishing are emphasized.
  • Chocolate and Confectionary – Students will learn sugar cookery techniques employed in popular candy making and produce a wide variety of chocolate and sugar confections, including: bonbons, pralines, fudge, caramels, nougats and gelled candies.
  • Foundations of Cakes – Learn a variety of cakes, including celebration cakes utilizing mixing methods for all types of cakes as the building blocks of this course. Students also learn decorative piping, inscriptions, border work, color design, floral arrangement and royal icing ornamentation to create contemporary celebration cakes.
  • Professional Growth and Development I, II, III – Designed to achieve two aspects of the industry, professional growth and development. Students will take a practical assessment on skills obtained in their foundational courses and receive feedback to the professional growth of the program compared to industry benchmarks.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    65 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Baking
  • Pastry Techniques
  • Advanced Pastry: Mousses, Doughs, Plating and Sauces
  • Chocolates and Confections
  • Foundations of Cakes
  • Advanced Wedding Cakes and Sugar Artistry
  • Artisan Breads

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:


    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Complete application.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions where you registered and/or attended. In order to be considered official, transcripts must arrive in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution.
  • Applicants with less than 10 semester hours of transferable college credit must submit an official high school transcript, sealed in the original envelope with graduation date posted.
  • Official military transcripts, military certificates (including Army, Navy, Marine Joint Services or CCAS-Air Force transcripts), nationally recognized certificates and CLEP/DANTES test scores may also be submitted for evaluation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8041 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    16082 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8041 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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We are pleased to announce that for all students starting in the Summer 2020 (July) term, NLU is offering brand new, reduced tuition rates for Kendall College programs! The new international tuition rates are listed below:

$8,041 Rack Rate Tuition per Term at 14+ QH Per Term 

  • Reduced from $8,443 Rack Rate Tuition per Term at 14+ QH Per Term
  • Savings of $402 per term, $4,824 lifetime savings when completing 12 terms

Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


10% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All NLU Undergraduate Programs including Hospitality Management
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

25% Automatic Opportunity Scholarship 

  • Applies to All Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Programs
  • Eligible to Freshman and Transfer Students

50% #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

  • Awarded to Two Students Every Fall Term
  • Eligible to Freshman Undergraduate Students Only
  • Deadline is July 1st

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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