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Online florist school curriculum

There's more to flower arranging than meets the eye. When you enroll in our florist school online, you'll combine design skills with business knowledge, gaining the skill set to succeed as a professional florist.

Curriculum Lessons

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.

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Program Description

Students learn the art of floral design from both a practical and professional perspective. Topics include floral design history; professional organizations and certifications; flower and foliage identification; care, handling, storage, and distribution of flowers and plants; basic and contemporary design techniques; design specialties, including sympathy, wedding, prom, party, holiday, seasonal, and artificial design; and establishing a floral design business.

Program Objectives

After completing the Floral Design program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the skills required to become a floral designer, describe the career opportunities available in the field of floral design, and identify the different kinds of business operations that exist in the retail flower business.
  2. Outline the best care, handling, and construction techniques for plants as well as fresh-cut flowers, in order to create the sturdiest arrangements with the longest shelf lives.
  3. Identify and describe the principles that impact the look and feel of floral arrangements and describe how these elements are applied when designing and producing arrangements for different occasions.
  4. List the basic tools and containers used by floral designers in the construction of arrangements, and describe how and when to use them.
  5. Outline the basic structure of flowers and leaves and describe their parts and characteristics.
  6. Identify the different seasonal and event opportunities available to floral designers throughout the year and describe the most appropriate color schemes and flower choices for each.

We'll help your career bloom

Our program is designed by professionals to be career-relevant, but that's not the only way we help our students achieve their professional goals. As an Ashworth College student, you'll enjoy exclusive access to our full suite of Career Tools. That includes resume writing classes and one-on-one interview training with our expert advisors.

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Advance your career in our online API Program Name program. Call 1-800-957-5412