Advanced Professional Diploma in Pastry


Program Description

Our programs were developed with your successful future in mind

As each new class in Pastry begins, the previous class prepares for graduation. Graduating students perfect their wedding cakes and chocolate sculpture work for final exams while the new entering students invariably drop their jaws in admiration of the artistry of the graduating class.

Every term, the new students say they can’t imagine themselves with the skills and the talent to create work like that. And every term those same new students become the graduating students preparing work at the same impressively high level.

Our instructors — and, in turn, our students — set a very high standard of performance for each new class. And each new class rises to meet it. You will, too.

Mastering the Art and Science

Among culinarians, we refer to cuisine as 'art' and the bake shop as 'science.' Both the sweet and the savory kitchens demand both art and science, but there is some truth in the idea that the bake shop relies more on science.

There is some truth to this, but like many truisms it only describes half the story. Bakers and patissiers (pastry Chefs) must execute their creations with a great deal of precision; a dollop too much flour or a pinch too little of yeast will completely alter the chemistry of your bread or cake. At SDCI, we will teach you the science you need to know to make it taste perfect, as well as the art you need to make it look stunning.

Take a look at the photos on our Facebook site of the work our prior students have done. You will agree: our students achieve a high degree of mastery of both the art and the science.

Learn the Ins and Outs of Sweets

The artistry of the bake shop comes in decoration and plate presentations. Learn the skills you need to create spectacular wedding cakes. Discover the secrets of chocolate, making fine candies, and how to mold it into a little Chef, a box to hold truffles, and much more.

The Pastry Program incorporates the same concepts of the Commis Method of study as we have introduced into our Cuisine Program. Students of this intensive program in baking and pastry emerge with the skills to create an astounding array of candies, desserts, wedding cakes, breads, plated desserts — and others essential to the bake shop.

Our students have gone on to win medals in sanctioned competition even while still in school.

The process for admission to San Diego Culinary Institute is stringent. We designed it to ensure that only the most committed students attend our programs — and thereby ensures that your classmates will be as committed to their studies as you are to yours.

As for the admissions criteria:

  • Demonstrate your passion for your culinary studies and your commitment to the business.
  • Demonstrate your desire to complete the program.

We will learn these things about you by reading your resume, your letters of reference, and your mission statement — but most importantly, we will learn about you in your Chef Interview. This interview is your opportunity to tell us who you are and to express why you want to attend our institute.

Last updated December 2017

About the School

SDCI is fairly unique when it comes to culinary schools. We've only been around for 12 years, which is fairly young. We are family owned and have only one campus location.

SDCI is fairly unique when it comes to culinary schools. We've only been around for 12 years, which is fairly young. We are family owned and have only one campus location. Read less