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Baking and Pastry Arts Management

VIU International, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

August 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 15,751

Course Accredited By


  • 2 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Diploma

The Baking and Pastry Arts Diploma (BPAM) program at Vancouver Island University provides students with a Diploma in bakery training and management skills, giving graduates a leading edge for advancement in the baking profession. Upon entering the program, baking students are registered as apprentices, gaining technical training while accruing apprentice hours and also participate in two ten-week paid co-operative work placements. 

The BPAM program prepares students for careers in baking, baking management, and entrepreneurship. This full-time, cohort program provides rigorous hands-on technical baking training combined with theoretical management courses. Utilizing current baking trends and the most up-to-date curriculum, the BPAM program develops a student’s technical baking skills, as well as skills in leadership, communication, human resources, business planning, and financial management to satisfy industry demands for well-rounded, highly employable graduates.

Students in the first year Baking and Pastry Arts Diploma program learn basic and advanced techniques in yeasted products, pastry, sugar, chocolate, and wedding cakes. Students also learn to bake in our wood-fired brick oven. The first year culminates in a ten-week paid co-operative work placement. The second year is designed to teach baking students the advanced skills they will need for a management position in the baking industry. It is delivered over two semesters, followed by a 10-week paid co-operative work placement. Students will take two advanced pastry courses, learn basic culinary techniques, plan and open a pop-up bakery, and take several management courses through VIU’s Department of Hospitality Management. Completion of VIU’s BPAM diploma provides students with advanced credit when applying to the VIU Bachelor of Hospitality Management degree.

Enrollment Cycles

  • August 2023

General trades admission requirements for VIU apply.

  • English 12 with a minimum "C " grade or equivalent. 
  • A minimum “C ” grade in Foundations of Mathematics and Pre-Calculus 10 or Workplace Mathematics 10 or equivalent.
  • Successful completion of assessment testing. 
  • Submission of copy of Foodsafe Level I certificate.
  • Interview with department chair.
  • Personal Profile

Year 1 – Fall Semester

  • Preparation for Bake Certificate Co-op
  • Pastry 1 Basic
  • Yeasted 1 Basic

Year 1 – Spring Semester

  • Bakery Professional Capstone Module
  • Pastry 2 Advanced
  • Yeasted 2 Advanced

Year 1 - Intersession

  • Bake Certificate Co-op

Year 2 – Fall Semester

  • Preparation for Bake Diploma Co-op
  • Introduction to Culinary
  • Advanced Pastry Part 1
  • Principles of Services Management
  • Leadership Skills for Hospitality Professionals
  • Principles of Services Marketing

Year 2 – Spring Semester

  • Advanced Pastry Part 2
  • University Writing and Research
  • Accounting Principles
  • Designing a Baking Business
  • Human Resource Management
  • Fees for Year 1 Amount Tuition (10 months x $470.40 per month 1 academic credit x $156.80) 4,860.80
  •  Lab fee 450.64
  • Student Activity fee (4% of tuition and lab fee) 212.46 
  • Student Services fee (4.42% of tuition) 214.85
  •  VIU Students' Union fee (13 months x $20.90 per month) 271.70 
  • Co-operative Placement ($681.00 per term) 681.00
  •  Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Books and supplies (approximate costs) 200.00 
  • Baking Kit (approximate costs) 200.00 Total 7,366.45 
  • Fees for Year 2 Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00
  •  Lab fee 450.64 Student Activity fee (4% of tuition and lab fee) 206.19 
  • Student Services fee (4.42% of tuition) 207.92 
  • VIU Students' Union fee (11 months x $20.90 per month) 229.90 
  • Co-operative Placement ($681.00 per term) 681.00 
  • Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 
  • Books and supplies (approximate costs) 200.00
  •  Total 6,954.65

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