Baking and Pastry Arts – Artisan Baking

CREDENTIAL: Certificate
Tuition: 25971*
Credential: Certificate
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-artisan-baking.pdf
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: May
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What you will learn

  • Health, sanitation, and safety
  • Use of bakery equipment including scales, mixers, proofers, and ovens
  • Knife skills
  • Theoretical baking principles and processes
  • Ingredients and methodology
  • Biscuits and muffins
  • Pie dough and straight dough
  • Aeration and emulsification
  • Cookies, pies, tarts
  • Croissant, Danish, and puff dough lamination
  • Cakes, cookies, sponges
  • Buttercreams, glazes, ganaches
  • Dessert plating and presentation
  • Composition, use of colours and textures
  • Pastries, slices, and squares
  • Quickbreads and loaf cakes
  • Deep-fat frying
  • Yeast doughnuts, cake doughnuts, French crullers
  • Fermentation, leavening, gluten development
  • Wild yeast, sourdough starters, biga, poolish
  • Hearth baking
  • Grains and flours
  • Shaping and molding
  • Mixing and portioning
  • Gluten-free baking and ingredients
  • Meat and vegetable pies
  • Sausage rolls, Cornish pasties, calzones
  • Asian buns and tarts
  • Pita breads and flatbreads
  • Sandwiches
  • Consistency and accuracy
  • Environmental conditions
  • Daily production planning
  • Standard math functions
  • Retail bakeshop management
  • Professional etiquette and personal hygiene
  • Troubleshooting and problem solving
  • Ingredient and equipment suppliers
  • Merchandising, inventory, and cost control
  • Waste management
  • Catering
  • Effective communication

What to expect

  • Eleven months of full-time study over four terms:    
    • Introduction to Baking
    • Applied Baking
    • Artisan Baking
    • Capstone
  • Classes Monday to Friday - a.m. or p.m. (one option will be available each term; times are subject to change)
  • Purchase of textbooks and baking tools (available at the VCC Bookstore)
  • Purchase of closed-top, non-slip footwear
  • A fully operational kitchen and bakeshop environment
  • Direct instruction
  • Interactive instruction
  • Demonstrations
  • Problem-solving
  • Cooperative learning
  • Active participation
  • Self-directed learning
  • Three weeks of industry work experience
  • Capstone project
  • Opportunity to take exams for ITA Level 1 certification

Admission requirements



  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

  • ?Basic computer and word processing skills

  • Organizational and time management skills

  • Enjoys working independently and in a team

  • Physical condition and stamina to meet the demands of the program, including good motor skills and hand-eye coordination

  • Creativity is an asset

  • Applicants must be able to physically handle all wheat, dairy, egg, and nut products and all associated by-products required to meet the program outcomes. Any other known food allergies must be disclosed.

Courses *

Program general hours

Classes are generally run on Monday to Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The work experience at the end of the program is scheduled by the employer. Class times are subject to change.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

15800 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 25971
Student union256
College initiative130
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource260
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 487
Program-specific extra fees262
Textbooks or other supplies may be required for this program. For information and prices, visit the VCC Bookstore.

Apply now

May 2024
(Spring/Summer term)
June 01, 2023


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
Apply to VCC international programs online. Check the application availability status for your desired program and intake before applying.
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