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What Are the Core Courses in Online Floral Design Programs?

Online floral design programs are difficult to find; however, there are on-campus and distance learning floral design programs available. Read on for details about the core courses offered in most floral design programs.

Floral Design Program Overview

Online programs in floral design are not common, but a few exist. More numerous are programs offered in a traditional classroom setting through college continuing education programs or floral design schools. If convenience is a concern, a few distance learning programs are also available in which students are mailed lessons of DVDs and submit completed quizzes and photos of projects through the mail. All of these programs include similar core floral design courses which usually involve both lecture and hands-on practice.

Important Facts About Floral Design Programs

Fields of Study Basic floral design, advanced floral design, wedding floral specialist
Prerequisites High school diploma or equivalent
Degree/Certificate Levels Diploma, certificate
Possible Careers Wedding or party planners; professional nursery and marketplace vendors; business owners or florists in floral shops, hospital gift shops, cruise ships, resorts or hotels
Median Salary (2018) $27,200*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 6% decline*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Basic Floral Design

All floral design programs offer a basic course. Students learn the basic principles and elements of floral design, including color theory, flower care and flower identification.

Floral Arrangements

Floral design programs include a course on the theory and techniques of arranging flowers. Students learn the basic shapes of flower arrangements and how to use foliage, ribbons and planters.

Flowers for Weddings

Weddings are a big source of revenue for floral designers. Floral design programs typically include a course that covers traditional and contemporary design for wedding floral arrangements, bridal bouquets and corsages.

Flowers for Funerals

A course on funeral arrangements covers the current designs used for funerals. This course focuses on the design and creation of sympathy arrangements, including easel sprays and casket pieces. Floral design students also learn how to work professionally with both the grieving family and the funeral home.

Advanced Floral Design

This course teaches students more advanced techniques. Topics covered may include contemporary, European and experimental designs.

Operating a Flower Shop

Instruction on how to manage and run a flower shop is often covered in a floral design program. Topics include buying flowers, marketing and advertising, flower delivery and employee management.