Floral designers provide a variety of products and services to the public. Products include floral arrangements for all occasions, blooming and foliage plants, and accessory gift items. Services include the care of plants and flowers, interior decorating, and providing consultation for weddings and other special occasion. People who enjoy art, working with and serving others, as well as those who enjoy growing and working with living plants and flowers will benefit from the Floral Design Program.
The Floral Design Program prepares students for a wide variety of challenging and profitable careers. Students will learn to design traditional and contemporary flower arrangements; work with fresh, silk, and dried flowers; and identify and care for flowering plants, foliage plants, and fresh flowers and greens.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Identify and practice safe use of tools, equipment and supplies used in horticulture careers
2. Identify regional and Minnesota plants by common name, genus and species
3. Identify and prescribe sustainable options in horticulture which benefit the environment while maintaining productivity and economic viability
4. Design and apply principles of design and color theory to create floral arrangements used in retail floral trade such as wedding decor, sympathy tributes, window display, permanent botanicals and event designs.
5. Apply effective communication and interpersonal skills with co-workers, supervisors, suppliers and customers
The Floral Design Program is offered as a full-time day program. Because of the sequencing of courses, it is best to begin this program Fall semester.
Many horticulture courses can be transferred to a variety of four-year colleges and universities. Because each college has its own requirements, always check with an advisor or counselor about transferability of specific courses to these other colleges.
This program will help students prepare for a wide range of careers, including floral designer, flower shop sales, wholesale flower sales, flower broker, flower shop owner/manager, plant rental, interior plant maintenance, free-lance designer, and floral supply representative.
Job opportunities include employment in retail flower shops, wholesale floral supply companies, and interior plantscaping firms.