• Home
  • Course Catalog
  • Contact Us
Loading... Loading... Please wait...
Request info
Contact Us
First Name*
Last Name*
Lead Status
Lead Source*
External Referrer
Partner SMEC ID
Enter text from the pic*

Floral Design (HSG-FD-01)


Course Description

Our Floral Design course prepares students for a career designing floral arrangements and running a successful florist business. The course balances theory with practice, covering the history of design, artistic elements, floral anatomy, and nomenclature, along with techniques, tools, and specialties. Students will be prepared for the real business world with discussions on distribution, marketing, advertising, and the other industry-specific issues needed for success in the field.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

• Identify steps for setting career targets and searching for jobs that align
• Comprehend the importance of researching careers and building a network
• Identify strategies for writing successful resumes and cover letters
• Identify strategies for marketing yourself during a job interview
• Identify methods for negotiating job offers and managing your career


Floral Design Module 1
Harvesting and Care
• Harvest Distribution
• Flower Retailing
• Product Presentation
• Shop Layout
• Careers
• Continuing Education
• Flower Nomenclature
• Inflorescence Patterns
• Postharvest Physiology
• Metabolic Processes
• Care and Handling
• Refrigeration

Floral Design Module 2
Design and Composition

• Design and Style
• Harmony and Unity
• Color Schemes
• Physiological Effects of Color
• Balance
• Proportion
• Scale
• Focal Point and Rhythm
• Line and Form
• Space and Depth
• Texture
• Fragrance

Floral Design Module 3
Tools and Containers
• Mechanics of Arrangement
• Foundation
• Wiring
• Flower and Foliage Forms
• Flower Shape Groups
• Mixing Forms
• Shapes of Floral Arrangements
• Oriental Style
• European Style
• Geometric Design
• Western Line Design
• Knives and Clippers
Floral Design Module 4
Special Occasions
• Holidays
• Expressing Sentiments
• Seasonal Themes
• Novelty Designs
• Flowers to Wear
• Corsages
• Boutonnieres
• Accessorizing Designs
• Everlasting Design
• Artificial Flowers and Foliage
• Silk Flowers
• Dried and Preserved Plant Material
Floral Design Module 5
Oriental Style of Design

• History of Floral Design
• Flower Art in Ancient Civilizations
• Egyptian Period
• Greek Period
• Sacred Lotus Flower
• European Periods
• Clean Lines of Nature
• Simplicity
• Symbolism
• Careful Placement
• Symbolic of Nature

Floral Design Module 6
Weddings and Funeral Flowers

• Contemporary Designs and Techniques
• Classic-Mass Design
• Traditional European Period Style
• Mille Fleurs Design
• Wedding Flowers
• Floral Romance
• Promotion and Advertising
• Wedding Consultation
• Sympathy Flowers
• Trends and Regional Differences
• Casket Sprays
• Easel Sprays

Floral Design Module 7
Flowers and Foliage

• Cut Flowers
• Plant Nomenclature
• Hybrids
• Cultivar
• Pronunciation
• Common Names
• Techniques to Increase Vase Life
• Conifer Greens
• Grasses
• Herbs
• Bamboo
• Leafy Stems


12 months




There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Students will need access to both a computer and the internet. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.

The intended audience for this program is individuals that are seeking to gain employment as a Floral Designer and/or to prepare for the CFDA exam.


Upon successful completion this course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in the field and to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Floral Design Associate (CFDA).




This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


Internet Access
• Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
• Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

• Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
• Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
• 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
• Operating Systems
-Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
• Web Browsers
-Google Chrome is highly recommended
-Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Kindle Reader App
• Adobe PDF Reader
• Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
• Adobe Flash Player
• Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
• PowerPoint Viewer

The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:

• The Art of Floral Design by Norah T. Hunter

Find Similar Courses by Category