Advanced French Patisserie (Postgraduate) Program (H413)

Advanced French Patisserie (Postgraduate)
Chef School
St James Campus
3 semesters
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Our mission: the delivery of passionate and service-obsessed industry professionals for the urban hospitality and culinary experience. We are anchored in the heart of the Canadian hospitality and culinary industry but with global reach and influence. This is the place for discovering unmatched opportunities for exceptional graduates. Acquire the techniques that make French pastries famous around the world. Experience the special connection between food and life in France. Embrace the patisserie experiences and courses in French art and culture that will deepen your understanding of this great tradition. The Advanced French Patisserie postgraduate program delivers this and more.

Full Program Descriptions


H413 students standing infront of baked goods

Do you want to learn French patisserie? Join this specialized French food and culture program, learn from the experts here in Canada and then live, learn and get work experience in France!

Acquire the techniques that make French pastries famous around the world. Experience the special connection between food and life in France. Embrace the patisserie experiences and courses in French art and culture that will deepen your understanding of this great tradition. The Advanced French Patisserie postgraduate program delivers this and more.

Through this program, you will:

  1. Experience hands-on learning in both Canada and France with the pre-eminent French chef professors in the country.
  2. Build your knowledge of French pastry and culinary traditions and embrace emerging trends in French pastry.
  3. Benefit from our partnership with Ecole National Superieure de la Patisserie (ENSP), the world-famous Ducasse school, near Le Puy en Velay and Lyon, France, which is one of France’s finest pastry chef schools.
  4. Experience the vineyards, cheese producers and local markets of France as your open-air classroom.
  5. Study in some of the best patisseries, bakeries, restaurants and hotels, where you will get attention, training and an inspiring experience.

You will put theory into practice as you are showcased alongside French top talent and serve discerning urban diners in the heart of Toronto’s culinary scene.

After your experiences in France, demonstrate what you’ve learned through events, placements and showcasing your newly acquired skills back at George Brown College. Our faculty already have a reputation for excellence among French patisseries in Toronto and beyond and this program and its unique opportunities will make you a sought-after employee when you graduate. "A bientot!"

Program Schedule
The schedule for Advanced French Patisserie (Post Graduate) program currently operates from Monday to Friday. In addition, some classes could begin at 7 a.m. and run until 10 p.m. Note that there may be overnight classes (10:30 p.m – 5:30 a.m.) scheduled in the 3rd semester.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

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Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF4021 Advanced French Pastry – Theory & Practical (* Part 1)
HOSF4025 French Language
HOSF4027 Gastronomy
HOSF4031 Advanced French Pastry II (* IN FRANCE)


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF4031 Advanced French Pastry II
HOSF4032 Externship


semester courses
Code Course Name
HOSF4041 Integrated Marketing Management
HOSF4042 Patisserie Capstone

*Third semester hours will be representative of standard industry hours of operation.

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

H413 student holding certificate

A knowledge of French patisserie techniques opens up an abundance of opportunities in Toronto, and around the world. All these options mean you’ll have a dynamic and varied career. This program prepares students for a global workplace, and offers a unique pathway for international education and work experience.

After students complete their studies and placements in France they will return to Canada with much stronger skills, a richer understanding of local and sustainable ways of working, and the international experience much sought after by industry.

Tuition and Fees


13,862.00* ‡

Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, ancillary fees, student service and materials (includes accommodation at Ecole National Superieure de la Patisserie†) for the three semesters of programs starting in fall 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

‡ Additional Cost 

Other fees
Description Cost
Uniform $250
Black safety shoes $80- $150
Knives and small wares $300–$600
Airfare to France †(approximate) $1,300–$1,600

†(approximate) (based on exchange rate, applicable taxes

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • College Diploma or Bachelor's Degree in Baking, Pastry Arts or Culinary Management


  • One-year Certificate in Baking, Pastry Arts, Patisserie Apprenticeship AND a minimum one-year of relevant work experience (resume required)

English Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Health Policy  

Students should be aware that various allergens including nuts, dairy and shellfish are routinely used in practical labs. Students should also note that George Brown College is sensitive to religious observances; however, while products purchased for production and consumption meet all provincial and federal regulations, they may not meet specific dietary laws related to Halal and Kosher foods.

Student Success

Success Stories  

George Brown College Baking Student creating a high end pastry dish

"The trip to France was a once in a lifetime opportunity! During the professional demonstration it felt like I was in the movie Kings of Pastry! To be in France and get to taste the quality of ingredients they use is phenomenal! ENSP is a fantastic school to learn at!"

Sara McGregor (Graduate 2016, Advanced French Patisserie; Graduate 2015, Baking and Pastry Arts Management)

"The French pastry trip with George Brown was the best decision I have ever made. It was very hard work to save up for the trip, but it was more than worth it. The two weeks at the ENSP were so much fun, and in only a short time, I learned so many new techniques, and accumulated a lot of amazing French pastry recipes that I'll be sure to use in the future."

Darcy Leyes (Graduate, Baking and Pastry Arts Management)

Contact Us

Contact Us  

Contact Christophe Measson, Program Co-ordinator, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at 416-415-5000, ext. 3288 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m 

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George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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