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.


  • The program levels offered by the school of your choice
  • Opportunities 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/UniversityInstitution Type
Milwaukee School of Flower Design Certificate, Private
FlowerSchool New York Certificate, Private
Floral Design Institute Certificate, Private
Auburn University 4-year, Public
Clemson University 4-year, Public
Green Mountain College 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Lee College 2-year, Public
Montana State University 4-year, Public
Otis College of Art and Design 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Pitzer College 4-year, Private not-for-profit

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