Fall 2016 Continuing Education

Floral Design Certificate Program
Dr. Jessica Kim

The Floral Design Certificate Program is designed for students of ages 18+ with or without experience designing with fresh flowers. All that is required is a shared love of flowers and design and the belief that they have the talent to pursue a career in floral design.  The curriculum includes 160 hours of classroom instruction in 7 core courses and 3 electives of your choice. There is a written and practice exam that is required at the end of the program.  This certificate must be completed within two years.  Attendance at 80% of classes is required.  Classes are offered throughout the year.  Must register at least two weeks prior to the first day of class.

$25 optional designer kit which includes tools and supplies may be purchased through the Registration Office.

Core Classes

  • Basic Floral Design
  • Intermediate Floral Design
  • Weddings and Special Occasions I
  • Sympathy and Funeral Flowers
  • Modern Floral Design
  • Fresh Flowers for Life’s Special Occasions
  • The Business of Floral Design

Electives:  (choose 3)

Prerequisite: Basic Floral Design

  • Advanced Floral Design
  • The Business of Floral Design II
  • Celebrating the Holidays with Fresh Flowers I
  • Celebrating the Holidays with Fresh Flowers II
  • Centerpieces for a Sensational Summer
  • Tropical Floral Designs
  • Weddings & Special Occasions I
  • Designing with Succlents

*New Elective courses are added each year to meet the growing trends in floral design.

Basic Floral Design

Learn the fundamentals of fresh floral design, how to condition and care for fresh flowers. Create beautiful arrangements for yourself or a friend in many styles including a hand-tied bouquet, a basket design, and small square centerpiece. Students will create two arrangements per session that they can take home.

Newtown Campus/$384 (includes flower cost of $185)
WSMCE 5125 C014
Mon, 9/12 - 10/10 (no class 10/3); 6 - 10 pm

Intermediate Floral Design

Students will have opportunities to design larger arrangements using more complex techniques. Students will learn to use some of the most common design techniques including mille de fleur, Biedermeier, phoenix, and waterfall designs.  Students will create two arrangements per session that they can take home.

Newtown Campus/$424 (includes flower cost of $225)
WSMCE 5126 C014
Mon, 10/17 - 11/14 (no class 11/7); 6 - 10 pm

Floral Design Boot Camps

These one-day workshops are designed especially for those individuals who are interested in taking our floral design courses but cannot fit weekly classes into their busy schedule.  Intended for learners with little or no prior design experience.

  • Newtown Campus/$344 (includes flower cost of $185)
    WSMCE 5128 C01 - C08
  • C01 Life’s Special Occasions Part A
    Sat. 9/10, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • C02 Life’s Special Occasions Part B
    Sat. 9/24, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • C03 Basic Floral Design Part A
    Sat. 10/15, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • C04 Basic Floral Design Part B
    Sat. 10/22, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • C05 Modern Floral Design Part A
    Sat. 10/29, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • C06 Modern Floral Design Part B
    Sat. 11/19, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • C07 Wedding Flowers Part A
  • Sat. 12/3, 8:30am - 3:30pm
  • C08 Wedding Flowers Part B
    Sat. 12/10, 8:30am - 3:30pm

Business of Floral Design: How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Floral Business

This class is for anyone who is interested in working in the floral design industry or owning their own floral business.  Everything you need to know to start and operate your own business will be discussed.  Students will learn how to put together a business plan, how to design their storefront to attract customers yet be efficient with daily operations, the types of tools and equipment they’ll need to be successful, how to maximize design skills and customer service for profits, and the most popular ways of marketing and advertising such a business, as well as discussing pricing and profitability.

Newtown Campus/$199
WSMCE 5132 C016
Wed, 9/7 - 10/19 (no class 10/5); 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Business of Floral Design II: Designing for Profit

This class is intended to be a sequel to Business of Floral Design: How to Open and Operate a Financially Successful Floral Business. Students will learn how to design, keeping in mind how to decrease the cost of goods sold while increasing profits for each arrangement.  Students will have opportunities to design a variety of arrangements in class to discuss pricing and profitability.

Newtown Campus/$424 (includes flower cost of $225)
WSMCE 5144 C016
Wed, 10/26 - 12/14 (no class 11/9 & 11/23); 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Celebrating the Holidays with Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers can brighten up any holiday throughout the year.  Students will learn to create fall floral designs in pumpkins, dinner centerpieces for Thanksgiving and winter holidays, holiday wreaths, and much more.

Newtown Campus/$424 (includes flower cost of $225)
WSMCE 5133 C018
Tue, 10/18 - 12/13 (no class 11/8); 5:45 - 7:45 pm

Celebrating the Holidays with Fresh Flowers II

In this course, students will have opportunities to create more complex designs than those presented in Celebrating the Holidays with Fresh Flowers I.  Students will create fall and winter floral designs in both traditional and modern styles using seasonal flowers and materials.  Designs will include those for the home as well as for dinners and parties.
Newtown Campus/$424 (includes flower cost of $225)
WSMCE 5134 C018
Tue, 10/18 - 12/13 (no class 11/8); 7:55 - 9:55pm

Sympathy and Funeral Flowers

In this course, you will be introduced to some of the most popular sympathy and funeral arrangements.  Using a wide range of flowers and foliage as well as foam structures and tools, you will have the opportunity to design eight distinct arrangements for the home, office, and service.

Newtown Campus/$434 (includes flower cost of $235)
WSMCE 5135 C014
Thu, 9/8 - 9/29; 6 - 10 pm

Designing with Succulents

In this class, you will not only learn to use succulents in various arrangements but also learn to properly take care of them (and propagate them too!) once they have outlived their fresh floral designs.  Students will take home two arrangements per session.

Newtown Campus/$424 (includes flower cost of $225)
WSMCE 5145 C014
Tue, 9/13 - 10/11 (no class 10/4); 6 - 10 pm

Floral Design Certificate Examination

This examination serves as the final step in completing the requirements for the floral design certificate program. Those taking this exam will be asked to demonstrate their floral design knowledge and skills through a written test as well as 5 design tasks.  Be sure to have taken all the required and elective courses before registering to take this exam.  Please bring to the exam all your floral design tools and supplies.  Fresh flowers, foliage, and containers will be provided.
Newtown Campus/$214 (includes flower cost of $135)
ATEST 3001 C01 & C02
C01/Mon, 10/3, 6-10 pm
C02/Mon, 12/5, 6-10 pm

For more information, contact: Continuing Education Department at 215-968-8409 (option #1) or email at or coned@bucks.edu