Pastry Arts Diploma

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Full – time | Duration: 39 weeks / 195 days / 1 year | Credential: Diploma

The Pastry Arts Diploma is the most in-depth programme offered at Bonnie Gordon College. Blend your love for art and design with your passion for baking and creating high quality pastries in this comprehensive one year diploma. This programme will enhance your skills and fully prepare you for a career in the culinary industry.

As part of the Pastry Arts Diploma Programme students will study theories of classic pastry and cake design, and explore current trends and modern practices emerging within the industry. Students will work in our state-of-the-art classrooms, learning how to use high quality ingredients and materials to produce superior artisanal products that are both esthetically and palatably pleasing. Taught by leading industry professionals, each student will receive an educational experience unlike any of its kind, utilizing instructor demos, hands-on practical labs, and seminars with industry experts.

At Bonnie Gordon College we are devoted to student success and are continually striving for excellence. We encourage individual creativity in a stimulating and supportive environment. Let us help you turn your dream into an exciting new career at Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts.


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Baking & Bread

  • Cakes/Cupcakes
  • Bakery-style finishes
  • Cookies
  • Pastry fillings
  • Baking and Ingredient Theory
  • Pies & Tarts
  • Eclairs
  • Macarons
  • Breads & Viennoisserie
  • Specialty Baking (allergies)


  • Eclairs & profiteroles
  • French macarons
  • Petit-fours
  • Ice Cream & sorbets
  • Custards
  • Plated desserts

Chocolate & Confections

  • Chocolate theory
  • Dipped & moulded chocolates
  • Chocolate decorations
  • Ganache & praline fillings
  • Sugar cooking theory
  • Hand-crafted confections and chocolate bars

Cake Decorating Skills

  • Royal icing piping techniques
  • Design and decorate cakes with fondant and gumpaste
  • Level and dowel cake tiers
  • Colour theory and covering cakes with fondant
  • Cutting-edge cake decorating techniques
  • Painting techniques with edible food colours

Cake Design Skills

  • Modelling Chocolate
  • Sculpted Cakes
  • Multi-tiered wedding cakes
  • Haute Couture

Specialty Skills

  • Gumpaste Flowers
  • Figure Modelling
  • Sugar work
  • Advanced piping techniques

Business Essentials

  • Develop marketing and branding strategies
  • How to open a bake shop or small business, and essential procedures and permits required
  • Business insurance requirements
  • Tax rules, regulations, and business structures
  • Food labelling, packaging

Costing Cakes, Staging & Production

  • High volume baking strategies and how to adjust recipes
  • Effectively plan, create and display a range of baked goods for special events
  • How to give accurate quotes to clients
  • Sourcing quality ingredients

Costing Cakes

  • How to give accurate quotes to clients
  • Complete purchase orders and source quality ingredients
  • Accurately measure time to calculate labour, including preparation of ingredients

Cake Photography

  • Introduction to photographing cakes using natural and artificial light

Tuition Fees

(All costs are in Canadian Dollars)

Tuition $ 32,000
Application Processing Fee $ 100
Uniforms & Equipment $ 1,261.33
Book Fee $ 300
International Student Fee $ 4,000
HST (13% Harmonized Sales Tax) * $ 163.97
Total (Canadian Citizens & Permanent Residents) $ 33,825.30
Total (International Students) $ 37,825.30

All rates are in Canadian Dollars.
*Only applicable to uniforms & equipment.

The Pastry Arts Diploma is approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

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