Well-known cooking schools, such as the Culinary Institute of America, the International Culinary Center and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, offer baking and pastry programs. Depending on the program, completion of coursework can lead to a degree.
Baking and pastry programs vary in length and rigor, depending on the culinary institute. In most cases, participants receive an associates or bachelor's degree upon completion of a baking or pastry program, but culinary schools that are not colleges offer a completion certificate instead. For example, the International Culinary Center provides courses in professional pastry arts for personal enrichment rather than for the procurement of a degree.