FLORISTRY DESIGN DIPLOMA
Learn floristry design skills for both business and pleasure through this diploma program.
Students may receive credit for courses taken at other institutions upon presentation of proof of successful completion. Course supply fees are extra.
The full diploma program consists of the following courses:
- Floristry Design – Level 1
- Floristry Design – Level 2
- Celebrations & Solemn Occasions
- Special Occasions & Gifts
- Christmas Basic Designs
- Weddings Basic
- The Business of Floristry Design
FLORISTRY DESIGN – LEVEL 1
Floristry design involves many facets including science, design and business. Students in Level 1 will learn the important components in the care and handling of perishable flowers, design principles, design mechanics and design styles. Learn to construct basic floral designs (round, horizontal, bud vase, symmetrical, traditional dozen in a vase, and basic hand-tied bouquets). Includes flowers and supplies for the first session. For each of the remaining sessions, a $45 supply fee is payable to the instructor one week in advance.
Note: Students must purchase a tool kit from the instructor at the first class ($90 cash). The tool kit is a one-time purchase and can be used for all the Floral Arranging courses
FLORISTRY DESIGN – LEVEL 2
Students will dive deeper into the elements and principles of floral design and learn how to incorporate them into their designs. Applying the basic skills learned in level 1, students will expand by adding more elaborate designs, containers, and flowers with an emphasis on control of materials and speed. (asymmetrical, gridded vase, crescent and different handtied bouquets). Prerequisite: Level 1. A supply fee of $45 per session (payable one week in advance) will cover flowers and materials. The course fee includes a manual and flowers for first session.
CELEBRATIONS & SOLEMN OCCASIONS
Learn to create unique floral arrangements used for celebrations of life, corporate parties, and gala events. Students will be introduced to traditional and modern mechanics, objects, materials and gadgets in order to secure materials and create stability in modern large scale floral designs. Learn about various traditional sympathy designs used in funeral, corporate or gala events (standing sprays, wreaths, tributes and casket designs). A cost of $60 per session (payable one week in advance) will cover flowers. The course fee includes a manual and flowers for first night. Prerequisite: Floral Level 1 & 2.
SPECIAL OCCASIONS & GIFTS
Students will advance their personal design style concepts with the use of textures, dried materials, and application and construction of decorations. By exploring European design trends, spiraling handtied bouquets, traditional oriental practices and current design in the retail industry, students will learn to create floral design for special occasions, seasons and holidays (wreaths, indoor plants, tropical flowers). A cost of $60 per session (payable one week in advance) will cover flowers and other materials. Course fee includes manual and flowers for the first session. Prerequisite: Floral Level 1 and 2.
CHRISTMAS BASIC DESIGNS
The holiday season comes to life with fragrant, long lasting decorations for both inside and outside homes and business. Explore working with fresh pine, fir, cedar, boxwood, and juniper. Cones and berries will add seasonal interest. A cost of $50 per session payable one week in advance will cover flowers and other materials. Course fee includes manual and flowers for the first session. Prerequisite: Level 1 and 2.
Building on skills learned in level 1, 2 and Special Occasions, students will explore more complex designs, with emphasis on industry standards. Receive theory and practical instruction on 3 different bridal hand-held bouquets, bridal party flowers, flowers-to-wear, and use of wedding design equipment. Identify traditional and contemporary design styles using knowledge of geometric designs common to weddings and the mechanical techniques used to execute those designs. Discuss current trends, colour theory and selection of wedding flowers for each season. There is a cost of $60 per week (payable one week in advance) for flowers and other materials. Course fee includes a manual and supplies for first night. Prerequisite: Level 1 and 2 and Special Occasions.
THE BUSINESS OF FLORISTRY
This course introduces the business aspects of purchasing and marketing for the floral design industry and includes local/import floral production, wholesale buying of flowers, effective sales techniques, pricing with integrity, floral industry management, retail and entrepreneurial skills, and behind the scenes information. Students use the principles & techniques learned in the previous 6 courses, and will demonstrate their ability to create retail trend designs including ordering, pricing, and final delivery to the client. Six different projects (written & practical) will be graded in order to receive the Floristry Design diploma. Supply fee: $50 per session. The course fee includes the supply fee for the first session. Prerequisite: completion of the other 6 Floral courses.
The courses below are not required for the diploma. They are specialized courses for experienced Floristry Designers or graduates of the Floristry Design program:
Learn the advanced skills to take wedding floral design to the next level. Topics covered include composite bouquets, flower girl pomanders, garlands, hand tied bridal bouquets, wrist and glued corsages, and a wired and taped bridal bouquet. The course fee includes the cost of flowers and supplies for the first session. For each of the remaining sessions, a $60 supply fee is payable to the instructor one week in advance. Prerequisites: Successful completion of our course Weddings (Basic), or equivalent knowledge & experience.
An in-depth look at how the floristry industry can incorporate the 5 R’s (rethink, responsible, repurpose, reduce, reuse, & recycle) to help create sustainable business practices and design, including locally and sustainably sourcing, foam-free floral design, how to ethically & sustainably forage, reuse of materials, cutting down on waste and giving back to the community. A cost of $60 per session (payable one week in advance) will cover flowers and other materials. Course fee includes manual and flowers for the first session. Prerequisite: Graduate of Floristry Design program or 500 hours working in the industry.