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Contextual studies

In addition to practical training, students complete classes in the context of today’s food landscape. In recent years there has been a growing interest and demand for artisan food. The Advanced Diploma in Artisan Baking allows students to develop a special appreciation of the significance of artisan food in today’s world and prepares them for rewarding career in artisan baking.

At the heart of the renaissance in artisan food are micro start-up businesses. From traditional artisan bakeries to pop-up stalls, farmers markets, online services and cooperatives, producers can now service customers like never before.

The Creating an Artisan Business modules provides students with:

  • the key principles of establishing a food business
  • an appreciation of various business concepts
  • an understanding of key drivers influencing the food industry
  • small-business finance and marketing guidance.

This contextual studies element of the Advanced Diploma is led by our Head of Business and Enterprise Yvonne O’Donovan and a number of guest speakers, and delivered as a series of presentations, lectures and practical workshops including live-trading at local markets.

Students benefit from developing their own comprehensive business plan as they work through the multiple steps to start-up, mapping milestones and designing a route to a successful launch.

A number of additional classes, seminars and activities are available to support students in their training and development.

Find out more - download our Advanced Diploma brochure.

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