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 at colleges and universities in the United States.

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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.

Schools with Floral Design Programs

These programs teach students the skills needed to be floral designers, and some also provide business courses.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC 2-year, public Certificate $2,664 in-state, $8,808 out-of-state (school tuition)
Golden West College Huntington Beach, CA 2-year, public Certificate, Associate's $1,176 in-state, $5,616 out-of-state (school tuition)
Spokane Community College Spokane, WA 2-year, public Certificate, Associate's $3,896.90 (certificate), $8,165.90 (associate's) (program cost)
Anne Arundel Community College Arnold, MD 2-year, public Certificate $4,464 in-district, $7,374 in-state, $12,024 out-of-state (school tuition)
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa, CA 2-year, public Associate's $1,318 in-state, $6,637 out-of-state
Central Lakes College Brainerd, MN 2-year public Diploma $5,384 (school tuition)
Macomb Community College Warren, MI 2-year, public Certificate $3,169 in-district, $4,945 in-state, $6,641 out-of-state (school tuition)
Arapahoe Community College Littleton, CO 2-year, public Certificate $351 (program cost)

Sources: *School websites and National Center for Educational Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

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

  • Check whether schools offers opportunities for experience via internships in flower shops.
  • Students should look for schools accredited by the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).
  • Students who wish to have their own floral business should seek programs that offer business and entrepreneurship classes.

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.

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.

Floral design programs at the certificate and associate's degree levels prepare students to arrange flowers for businesses and special events. Students should look for programs accredited through AIFD and may also wish to look for programs that offer business courses and internships.

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