Floral Design Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Floral designers arrange flowers, run floral shops and grow ornamental plants. Floral design certificate programs are available through institutes and associate's degree programs are available at colleges and universities in the United States.

How to Select a Floral Design School

Pursuing a career in floral design does not require a postsecondary degree. However, completing a floral design certificate or degree program can increase professional opportunities.

When selecting a floral design school, keep in mind the following considerations:

  • Opportunities available for experience through internships.
  • Whether or not the school is accredited by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).

Floral Design Program Overviews

Certificate in Floral Design

The most common training program for floral designers lasts one year and leads to a Certificate of Completion. These programs may have as few as four courses that focus on floral design theory. Students also learn about flower choices for special events, such as weddings and funerals. An expanded curriculum may have up to 10 classes with some that touch upon small business management. Students take courses such as:

  • Basic floral design
  • Wedding designs
  • Permanent botanicals
  • Principles of marketing

Associate's Degree in Floral Design

Associate's degree programs in floral design, floristry or horticulture include core classes as well as general education requirements. Students work directly with flowers and the tools of the trade, and they are largely responsible for providing or funding these required materials. The curriculum culminates in an Associate of Arts or Associate of Applied Science. Students learn about:

  • Interior and exterior plant landscaping
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Computer applications
  • Accounting for small businesses

10 Schools with Floral Design Programs

College/University Institution Type
Central Piedmont Community College 2-year, public
Southeast Community College 2-year, public
Golden West College 2-year, public
Spokane Community College 2-year, public
Anne Arundel Community College 2-year, public
Santa Rosa Junior College 2-year, public
Central Lakes College 2-year public
Macomb Community College 2-year, public
Arapahoe Community College 2-year, public
Molloy College 4-year, private

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