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Floral Design Program Overview

Learn the knowledge and skills that will help you take the first step toward a satisfying and rewarding career as a Floral Designer. ICS Canada’s online Floral Design Career Diploma program includes learning aids and access to an extensive online video library that will help you master the techniques you’re learning. You can complete the Floral Design program in as little as six months! Floral designers can work for floral shops, wedding or party planners, professional nurseries, or marketplace vendors. Some even open their own floral shops.

This program also includes practical hands-on exercises that allow you to apply and practice what you’ve learned. You can develop a diverse professional portfolio that will help you stand out among the competition. Or, if you plan to turn your dream of opening your very own floral shop into a reality, use these projects to develop the practical skill set to put you on a path toward achieving your goal!

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The program goal for the Floral Design program is to gain the knowledge and skills to work as a professional florist or start a floral business.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Recognize a long tradition of design styles, and understand how to use design techniques, including the principles of design, the elements of line, form, space, texture, and color, in addition to observing how these design elements and principles work in actual floral arrangements
  • Differentiate between major styles of floral design and identify the mechanics and techniques involved in designing arrangements in these styles
  • Understand the extensive tradition of design styles and the aspects of design styles in others' interpretive arrangements, and familiarize yourself in how to adapt each design style within your own interpretive work
  • Recognize the floral consultant's role in helping brides prepare for their weddings, including pricing techniques, coordinating the attendants with the bride, decorating of the wedding ceremony and reception, and creating bridal bouquets, corsages, hair wreaths, and lapel boutonnieres using various design techniques
  • Comprehend the use of traditional and innovative funeral arrangement techniques to fulfill clients' requests for personalized casket sprays and wreaths
  • Identify how to successfully create designs in remembrance of the deceased, while presenting appropriate expressions of the feelings of the bereaved, and working within the client's budgets.
  • Recognize the bride's wishes, her budget, and your own ideas of what's appropriate, tasteful, and eye-catching
  • Comprehend plants varieties for different environments, including designing for commercial and home environments, indoor gardens, care and treatment of potted plants, and the diagnosis and treatment of plant infestation in order to suit clients' requests
  • Identify care techniques and uses for artificial flowers, dried flowers, and plants, including using recycling containers in the construction of designs and proper displays, and the benefits of using artificial flowers, dried flowers, and plants in arrangements and wreaths, along with the relationship of floral design to the interior-decorating industry
  • Understand the techniques to care for and use artificial flowers, dried flowers, and plants, and their relationship to decorating
  • Identifying how to prepare for Christmas traditions by combining fresh and artificial materials, flowers, Christmas plants, and Christmas trees, in addition to using floral wire services
  • Identifying how to prepare for the major holidays of Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's day, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, and special occasions, including how to make flowers a part of any festivity, and how to prepare and price gift baskets
  • Comprehend different ways to promote flowers during the quieter times of the year by focusing on pleasing smaller groups of customers with gifts and decorations for special events
  • Understand how to create customer orders for gifts and decorations at holiday times or special occasions
  • Recognize the value of and techniques involved in providing good customer service in a floral design business, including finding the best location, targeting your customers, analyzing your competition, funding sources, insurance, licensing, equipment, supplies, staffing your shop, establishing a business identity, and designing your shop's interior
  • Identify common considerations of owning a floral design business, including understanding the roles of growers, suppliers, and wholesalers while having basic business skills that include hiring temporary and contracted help for seasonal fluctuations
  • Recognize how effective public relations, advertising, merchandising, location, and shop design can boost the sales of a floral design business
  • Understand the basic steps to establish and manage a floral business
  • Demonstrate the skills to create floral arrangements for Weddings, Solemn Occasions, and Holidays using fresh flowers, artificial flowers, and plants

Instruction Set 1

Learning Strategies

The advantages of learning at home; types of study materials; types of examinations; accessing and using the features of our website; determining what kind of learner you are; establishing a study schedule; using study tips; preparing for and taking examinations.

Introduction to Floral Design and Flowers

History of floral design; professional opportunities; selling with unique designs; care and handling of cut flowers.

Instruction Set 2

Basics and Tools of Floral Design

Classification of flowers, plants, and foliage; materials and tools; choosing the right flowers.

Practical Exercise 1

Practical Exercise 1

Additional Material

Learning Aid: Bow Package 1

Instruction Set 3

Principles and Elements of Design

Elements of design: line, space, texture, form, and color; principles of design: composition, scale, and balance.

Introduction to Design Techniques

Descriptions of a variety of design techniques and styles.

Practical Exercise 2

Practical Exercise 2.

Instruction Set 4

Design Styles, Part 1

In-depth discussion of design styles: Ikebana, formal linear, western line, crescent, Mille de Fleur, Biedermeier, and parallel.

Design Styles, Part 2

In-depth discussion of vegetative, landscape, new convention, abstract, new wave, interpretive, waterfall, and hand-tied.

Practical Exercise 3

Practical Exercise 3

Additional Material

Equipment: Floral Designer's Kit

Instruction Set 5

Weddings, Part 1

Conducting the bridal consultation; working within a wedding budget; coordinating fabrics with floral design; bridal bouquet design methods and styles; coordinating the attendants with the bride.

Weddings, Part 2

Wedding body flowers: corsages, wristlets, hair accessories, wreaths, lapel boutonnieres; decorating for the ceremony; floral arrangements for the reception; head, guest, and buffet tables; floral cake decorations.

Solemn Occasions

The funeral consultation; the variety of arrangements used; history and uses of carnations and roses.

Practical Exercise 4

Practical Exercise 4

Additional Material

Learning Aid: Bow Package 2

Instruction Set 6

Plants and Their Care

Selecting the right plant; caring for potted plants; designing commercial and home plant displays; diagnosing and treating common plant problems.

Artificial and Dried Flowers, Part 1

Working with artificial flowers and plants; using dried flowers; creating dried flower displays and potpourri.

Artificial and Dried Flowers, Part 2

Advanced artificial and dried designs; working with dried, wax, and other artificial accessories.

Practical Exercise 5

Practical Exercise 5

Instruction Set 7

Christmas

Traditions; working with evergreens; creating wreaths; working with artificial Christmas materials; poinsettias and their care.

Major Holidays

Designs for major holidays: Valentine's Day, Easter, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, innovative party designs and gift baskets.

Theme Arrangements

Promoting and planning for minor holidays; creating holiday theme arrangements; accessory and theme ideas; arrangements for minor holidays: Secretaries' Day, Father's Day, Halloween.

Practical Exercise 6

Practical Exercise 6.

Instruction Set 8

Establishing a Business

Establishing your identity; examining the competition; securing funds; determining location, size, and shop layout; finding and keeping productive employees.

Managing a Business

The wholesale market; seasonal availability; purchasing nonfloral items; pricing strategy; security.

Marketing and Merchandising

Maintaining positive public relations; promoting your business; creating window displays; opening commercial accounts.

Practical Exercise 7

Practical Exercise 7.

Final Exam Project

Final exam project with camera. Exam critiqued by outside industry expert.


Computer Specifications
You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer running Windows® XP or later (Mac OS X® or later) and high-speed Internet to complete your program with ICS Canada.

We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
In order to further enhance your performance in this field, ICS has researched and recommended specific practical activities designed to complement your coursework.
To ensure that you acquire the manual skills which are important in this program area, we encourage you to follow all of the course instruction.

Sample Lesson

To view a Floral Design sample lesson, click here.

Floral Design Course Details

In the ICS Canada Floral Design Program, you'll cover topics such as:

  • Elements and principles of design: line, space, texture, form, color, composition, scale, and balance
  • Coordination and design of arrangements for weddings
  • Promotion and planning of arrangements for holidays and theme parties
Online floral design courses

Florists design and arrange a variety of flowers for events and special occasions. They also understand how to care for potted plants, design home plant displays, and treat common plant problems. Here are a few qualities that effective floral designers have in common:

  • Independent: You set your own schedule and can work well on your own.
  • Creative: In design, you need to think outside of the box and bring in fresh ideas.
  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and remember even small details that will set your designs apart.

"I chose to further my education and accounting knowledge with ICS Canada while working as an accounting clerk, which allowed me to move up within the company at which I am currently working. Studying with ICS Canada was a great experience, and the instructors were very helpful when it came to resolving any issues I had while studying."

- Sean S., ICS Canada graduate

"I have taken three diploma courses with ICS Canada. It has been very rewarding and challenging. I love to increase my knowledge level and share experiences. ICS Canada is great. Enrol! The contact with them is always very pleasant. You feel like a part of the ICS team."

- Connie K., ICS Canada graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Books and learning aids including a Floral Designer’s kit, Christmas wreath and boutonniere/corsage kits, bow packages, a color wheel, and wedding order forms
  • Study Planner App to customize your study plans and keep track of your progress
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Exclusive access to ICS Canada’s Student and Alumni Facebook Group
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

What is the Floral Design Program like? Are there just books or also online guides?

The Floral Design Program uses online guides to teach students proper techniques for arranging flowers, how to care for potted plants, and how to treat common plant problems. Equipment such as floral wire, tape and cutters, and artificial flowers and wreaths are included in the program. There is also an extensive video collection available on the student pages.

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