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Floral Design Classes

Career Diploma in
Floral Design

Turn your passion for arranging flowers into a career in our Floral Design course. Learn how to become a florist with our step-by-step floral design classes from the comfort of your own home. Graduate from our professional Floral Design training program ready to let your dreams blossom.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: eBook (Online Lessons & Exams)
  • Program Length: As few as 6 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Our Floral Design classes consist of practical, in-depth lessons. We’ll guide you from flower arranging basics through more complex design techniques, with fun and exciting practice exercises pertaining to key concepts such as how to...

  • Identify flowers and plants by their botanical and common names
  • Work with wholesalers, direct suppliers and local growers
  • Process, clean and preserve fresh-cut flowers
  • Create contemporary floral arrangements for weddings, funerals, parties, holidays and other occasions
  • Establish a new and thriving floral design business

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Lesson 1: Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Lesson 2: Concepts in Small Business and Self-Employment  

Evaluating your business idea; setting yourself apart from the competition; market testing; investment funding and donation funding; qualities of an entrepreneur; crowdfunding and angel investors.

Lesson 3: Introduction to the Floral Design Industry  

Career opportunities in floral design; professional organizations and certifications; national shows and exhibits; working with wholesalers, direct suppliers, and local growers.

Lesson 4: The History of Floral Design  

An examination of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine influences on floral design; major aspects of the European period, from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and the Victorian era; Japanese, Chinese, and Korean design techniques, including the fundamentals of ikebana.

Lesson 5: Flower Identification  

Identifying flowers by their Latin/botanical names and their common names; characteristics and variations of popular types of cut flowers; common flower forms and their uses in arrangements.

Lesson 6: Foliage and Flowering Plants  

Common houseplants sold to consumers; identifying plants for specific occasions; current trends in plant sales; basic care techniques for foliage and flowering plants.

Lesson 7: Care, Handling, and Storage  

Procedures for processing and cleaning fresh-cut flowers; applying chemical solutions to preserve vase life; identifying the tools necessary for proper flower care; specialized care and handling techniques outside of general practices; preservation and transportation techniques for floral arrangements, including temperature and stability control.

Lesson 8: Basic Design Techniques  

Elements and principles of floral design; basic wiring and taping techniques; identifying and using common design tools; basic bow construction; applying decorative accessories.

Lesson 9: Contemporary Design Techniques  

Advanced classic styles; botanical, vegetative, and landscape designs; linear styles; modernistic trends; basing and uniting techniques.

Lesson 10: Sympathy Design  

The meaning of sympathy flowers; religious customs; casket sprays, lid insets, standing easels, and garlands; grave bouquets; pedestal arrangements; working with families and funeral directors.

Lesson 11: Wedding Design  

Components of the wedding floral package; centerpieces; ceremonial flowers for rituals and celebrations in churches, cathedrals, chapels, and synagogues; altars; canopies; pews; bridal bouquets; floral headpieces and jewelry; bridesmaids’ bouquets; flower girls’ baskets; ushers’ boutonnieres; corsages for relatives; cake flowers; reception flowers; rental agreements; delivery and pickup schedules.

Lesson 12: Prom and Party Design  

Prom bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages; birthday and other theme arrangements; party props, room décor, and table treatments.

Lesson 13: Holiday and Seasonal Design  

Preparing for floral holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Passover, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and other holidays; seasonal design arrangements.

Lesson 14: Permanent (Artificial) Design  

Types of artificial flowers; designing permanent arrangements with artificial, dried, and silk flowers; complementing interiors with silk flowers; drying, freeze-drying and pressing flowers; using plastic flowers; using glue, foam, wire, and tape; cleaning and maintaining artificial flowers.

Lesson 15: Getting Started in the Floral Design Business  

Researching your market; identifying an ideal location; marketing and advertising opportunities; merchandising your store; networking, promotion, and building goodwill within the community; identifying suppliers; wire services and order gatherers.

Lesson 16: Floral Design Business Basics  

Customer service basics; maintaining a professional appearance; setting prices; managing turnover; hiring employees; accounting practices; legal aspects of owning a business.

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  What You Get

Begin our online Floral Design classes on your terms. Study at your own pace and get assistance when you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can move ahead fast!

Our Floral Design classes have carefully selected content that ensures a balance of theoretical information and useful application. Your tuition covers:

  • Beautifully illustrated floral design learning guides
  • Floral design supply kit
  • Online, open-book exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
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Graduates of our Floral Design course receive a personalized diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. With a career diploma from our accredited Floral Design course you’ll achieve your dreams fast.

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We’ve cleared the way. Start your Floral Design classes today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.