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Field of Study: Floral Design


Programs in floral design prepare people to run businesses that provide flowers to customers.



This program includes topics such as:

  • Flower and plant arrangement
  • Buying, storing, and delivering plants
  • Plant science and care
  • Business management

Some programs include studying the growth and development of flowers on a scientific basis. This is called floriculture.

Studying floral design prepares students to own a floral business, whether that may be a florist, a greenhouse, or a nursery.

A few community colleges and independent schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in floral design. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years to complete.


College preparation

You can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school degree or getting a GED.

  • Retail Marketing
  • Principles of Advertising
  • Principles of Selling
  • Business Math
  • Horticulture
  • Art
  • Crafts


Typical course work

In this undergraduate program, you typically take courses such as the following:

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Floral Design and Arranging
  • Greenhouse Operations
  • Indoor Plants
  • Math
  • Plant Pathology
  • Principles of Horticulture
  • Small Business Management
  • Soil Management
  • Special Occasions Floral Design


Things to know

If your program does not offer any resources for getting an internship or a practicum, consider finding one yourself. Internships or other types of supervised work experience can lead to employment or better job prospects and recommendations.

Earning a certificate or associate degree in this program of study typically prepares you to work in entry-level positions in floral design.


Similar fields of study

Careers you may qualify for

Floral Designers
Retail Salespersons
Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers



Botanical Society of America

Society of American Florists

Schools that offer program

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Central Lakes College - Brainerd , Located in Northwest
Central Lakes College - Online - Brainerd, Located in Northwest
Central Lakes College - Staples , Located in Northwest
Hennepin Technical College - Brooklyn Park , Located in Metro
Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie , Located in Metro
Hennepin Technical College - Online - Brooklyn Park, Located in Metro