Floral Design Certificate

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. Learn the basics of designing with fresh flowers including how to care and condition fresh cut flowers to prolong their life to creating various floral arrangements related to the theme of each course. Students will learn various terminology as well as trends in the flower designing industry.
The curriculum includes 96 hours of classroom instruction in 5 core courses and 3 electives of your choice. This certificate must be completed within two years. Attendance at 80% of classes is required.
Classes are offered throughout the year.

Core Classes:

  • Basic Floral Design
  • Intermediate Floral Design
  • Fresh Flowers for Life’s Special Occasions
  • Modern Floral Design
  • The Business of Floral Design

Electives: (choose 3)

Prerequisites: Intro to Basic Floral Design & Intermediate Floral Design

  • Advanced Floral Design
  • Celebrating the Holidays with Fresh Flowers
  • Weddings and Special Occasions
  • Gift Giving with Fresh Flowers & Fruits
  • Centerpieces for a Sensational Summer
  • Tropical Floral Designs

Basic Floral Design

This hands-on course is designed for learners of ages 18+ with or without experience in floral design.  Learn the fundamentals of fresh floral design, how to condition and care for fresh flowers, use floral foam, tape, and wire in basic floral design.  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 take home the arrangements they create in class. Dr. Jessica Kim

Newtown Campus/ $199 (Flower cost $185 paid directly to instructor; $25 optional designer kit that includes tools and supplies)
WSMCE 5125/ C01 & C02
C01/ 4 Mon, 9/21-10/12; 5:30-9:30pm
C02/ 4 Wed, 11/18-12/16 (no class 11/25); 5:30-9:30pm

Intermediate Floral Design

Students will be able to advance their knowledge and skills in floral design, having 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 take home the arrangements they create in class.  Dr. Jessica Kim

Newtown Campus/ $199 (Flower cost $195 paid directly to instructor; $25 optional designer kit that includes tools and supplies)
WSMCE 5126/ C01/ 8 Mon, 10/19-12/14 (no class 11/25), 5:30-7:30pm

The Business of Floral Design: How to Open & Operate a Financiallly 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. Students will also learn everything there is to know about wire services and whether they are a friend or a foe to the floral business owner. Dr. Jessica Kim

Newtown Campus/ $199/ WSMCE 5132/ C01/ 8 Tu, 10/19-12/14 (no class 11/30), 7:35-9:35pm

Celebrating the Holidays with Fresh Flowers I

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. Dr. Jessica Kim

Newtown Campus/ $199 (Flower cost: $225 paid directly to instructor; $25 optional designer kit that includes tools and supplies)WSMCE 5133/ C01/8 Tu,10/20-12/15 (no class 11/10); 5:30-7:30pm

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.  Dr. Jessica Kim

Newtown Campus/ $199 (Flower cost $225 paid directly to instructor; $25 optional designer kit that includes tools and supplies)
WSMCE 5134/ C01/ 8 Tu, 10/20-12/15 (no class 11/10); 7:35-9:35pm

Weddings & Special Occasions

Students will be introduced to the latest trends and styles in designing flowers for weddings and special occasions. Students will learn to create floral designs popular for weddings and other special occasions such as proms and parties. Projects include making boutonnieres and corsages, head wreaths, bridal bouquets, table centerpieces (low and tall), altar arrangements, and more. Dr. Jessica Kim

Newtown Campus/ $199 (Flower cost $185 paid directly to instructor; $25 optional designer kit that includes tools and supplies)
WSMCE 5127/ C01/ 4 Tu, 9/22-10/13; 5:45-9:45pm

Floral Design Boot Camp

This one-day workshop is 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, you will learn everything from how to shop for fresh flowers to conditioning them once you bring the flowers home.  You will be introduced to a variety of containers so that you will know how to arrange your flowers in tall, short, wide, and narrow vases.  Learn to design in fresh water but also with wet floral foam.  Everything you need to create all the floral designs will be provided for you including but not limited to: fresh flowers, all the containers, wet foam, conditioning supplies, ribbons, and more.  Take home a new vocabulary list of all the seasonal flowers and recipes for designs used in class.  You will have the option of purchasing a designer’s kit for an additional $25 if you don’t already have your own designer tools and essentials.  Bring a sack lunch.  Each boot camp will cover a specific theme that resembles those covered in our regular floral design courses.  For those individuals interested in fulfilling the requirements for the floral design certificate, you may take two boot camps in replacement of one regular course.  Dr. Jessica Kim

Newtown Campus/ $159 (Flower cost: $175 paid directly to instructor; $25 optional designer kit that includes tools and supplies)
RFNRT 5128/ C01-C10; Sat, 8:30AM-3:30PM

The following are sections, dates, times and themes for each bootcamp: 

C01/ 9/19     Basic Floral Design: Part A
C02/ 9/26     Basic Floral Design: Part B
C03/ 10/10   Wedding & Special Occasions: Part A
C04/ 10/17   Wedding & Special Occasions: Part B
C05/ 10/24   Celebrating Fall Floral Designs
C06/ 11/7     Intermediate Floral Design: Part A
C07/ 11/14   Intermediate Floral Design: Part B
C08/ 11/21   Centerpieces for All Occasions: Part A
C09/ 12/12   Celebrating Winter Floral Designs
C10/ 12/19   Centerpieces for All Occasions: Part B