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Field of Study: Floral Design

Introduction

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

 

Overview

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.

Schools
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

 

Resources

Botanical Society of America
http://www.botany.org/

Society of American Florists
http://www.safnow.org/

Schools that offer program

Click on the school name to see a list of their programs related to this field of study.

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