Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long is the Pastry Arts program?

    The diploma in Pastry Arts program is 32 weeks at our Boulder, CO campus and the diploma in Pastry Arts is 30 weeks at our Austin, TX campus. Both programs include a 6 weeks industry externship.

    The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Pastry Arts at our Austin, TX campus is 60 weeks, and includes 12 weeks of industry externship in order to gain functional knowledge by working in an approved industry setting.

  • Who is your typical student?

    We enroll students from all backgrounds and from all parts of the country and the world. Ages range from 18-55 and beyond, but our average student age is 28 years old. A typical student is passionate about pastry arts and baking, mature and focused. Roughly, students fall into three categories: individuals already pursuing a career in the hospitality industry who seek to hone their skills, career changers and students beginning their first career. Hear what our students have to say by reading their stories.

  • What are the characteristics of a successful pastry student?

    • Passion for pastry and baking
    • Team player
    • Creative
    • Achieve goals
    • Meet deadlines
    • Works well under pressure
    • Likes a challenge
    • Takes responsibility
    • Takes charge
    • Willing to try new things
    • Follows orders
    • Organized
    • Good communicator
    • Entrepreneurial

    Looking for more? Learn what other skills are necessary for success.

  • How do I arrange a visit of a Pastry Arts class and tour your school?

    If you’re thinking about earning your diploma in pastry arts at our Boulder or Austin campuses, we highly recommend paying them a personal visit. During your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to meet our Chef Educators and staff, see our professional kitchens, and chat with our current students. Personal visits (either in person or via the Internet) are available Monday – Sunday by appointment only. Schedule your tour.

  • What do I get when I graduate?

    Graduates from any of the accredited vocational programs receive a diploma or degree* for completing all requirements. We intentionally focus on personalized attention and support dedicated to pastry & baking and palate development. The training you receive in your program will prepare you for a future pastry career and provide skill development to foster growth and success within the field.  

    *only offered at our Austin campus

  • Where are your graduates working?

    Our alumni pursue a variety of career paths. Many are working in fine-dining restaurants; others work in country clubs or hotels around the country. Some students have started their own businesses. Visit Alumni Profiles to find out where some of our Pastry Arts graduates are working. If you are looking to take a different path, discover alternative careers out of culinary school.

  • Can you help me find a job while I’m a student and after I graduate?

    Yes.  Our friendly Career Services staff work closely with students to provide assistance in searching for jobs while they are in school and after they graduate.  Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts does provide lifetime job placement assistance, but does not guarantee employment nor control the hiring decisions of employers.

  • Do you provide housing?

    No, we do not offer any on-campus housing or dormitories. However, if you’re looking for culinary arts programs with housing nearby, Escoffier can help. Our campuses are centrally located and close to a variety of apartment and housing options. We also partner with house-finding services that can help find a place that meets your needs. Find student housing

  • Are financing programs available?

    Yes. Many of our Pastry Arts students (upon qualifying) choose to finance their culinary education through financial aid programs and other resources. We also offer payment plans. View your financing options.

  • Are scholarships available?

    Yes. Many scholarships are available to Pastry Arts students attending the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. View scholarship opportunities.

  • Is your school accredited? Why is that important?

    Yes.  Accreditation means that an outside agency has reviewed all aspects of the school and that the school meets their standards.  When choosing the school that is right for you, it is important to consider programs that have been accredited.  

    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin, Texas is nationally accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE), approved and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission – Career Schools and Colleges, and authorized as an Associate of Applied Science degree–granting institution through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

    Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder, Colorado is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET), approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools, and has been approved by Colorado to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

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