Floral Design School Overview
NYIAD's online floral design course will introduce you to the world of floral arrangements and build up your skills en route to a career as a professional floral designer. Starting with the basics, you will learn the history of floral design and how it impacts modern design practices. You will gain a solid understanding of the principles of floral design, allowing you to explore and develop your own design style.
Expert floral designers will provide inspiration and instruction via HD video lessons, in one of the most effective floral design classes available anywhere. They will teach you the business skills you need to find and work with clients, designing floral arrangements for weddings, funerals, and the many different types of events that call for flowers. And you will complete a series of design projects that will put your skills to the test and help you master the art of floral design.
Benefits of a Floral Design Certificate
If you want a career as a floral designer, it’s important to understand that the field is a competitive one, with hundreds of people joining the industry each year. A floral design certificate will help you stand out from the crowd. While you don’t need a floral design degree to get started, it is a fact that a proven understanding of how to cut and arrange flowers like a pro will help you find success in the field.
What you'll learn
After completing the Floral Design course, students will be able to:
- Master the world of floral arrangements and build up his or her skills en route to a career as a professional florist or floral designer.
- State the history of floral design and how it impacts modern design practices.
- Describe the principles of floral design.
- Explore and develop their own style as a professional floral designer.
- Explain the different tools, supplies, and workspace requirements needed to be an organized floral designer.
- Design beautiful arrangements for weddings, funerals, romantic occasions and more.
- Demonstrate the business skills needed to succeed as a professional florist or floral designer.
- Utilize mood boards and online media to share work and gain inspiration.
What you get
- 24/7 access to expertly prepared online course materials — lessons and HD video
- One-to-one feedback from a professional floral designer as your mentor— there to help you improve
- Access to a team of advisors — available by phone and email to answer all your questions
- Up to 18 months to complete the floral design training course at your own pace
- Access to our student forum — an online community to discuss courses, get answers to your questions, and share your work
- 14 days to review the course risk-free — full refunds offered in first two weeks after enrollment
- NYIAD Certificate in Floral Design delivered upon graduation
Become a Floral Designer
NYIAD's floral design training program will help you become a professional floral designer. Browse our course outline below to find out how this course will benefit you. Get in-depth lessons in the history of floral design, learn flower arranging through various exercises, find out how to establish your own business, and much more.
- Unit 1
- Unit 2
- Unit 3
- Unit 4
- Unit 5
- Unit 6
Unit 1 Getting Started in Floral Design
Lesson 1.1 Fundamentals of Floral Design
In Lesson 1.1: Fundamentals of Floral Design, we teach you how to care for flowers, how flowers are categorized for an arrangement, and advise you on building a toolkit. With online resources to supplement the resources your local area, you'll be able to obtain all of the materials you need for your work as a floral designer.
Lesson 1.2 Principles of Floral Design
In Lesson 1.2: Principles of Floral Design, it is our intention to help you become fluent in both the language of design and the principles. We see it as our responsibility to develop your ability as a floral designer. This includes building your knowledge and skills in handling flowers and ability to create not just replicate.
Lesson 1.3 History of Floral Design
In Lesson 1.3: History of Floral Design, we will look into the great styling of the past for inspiration and details to create specialized looks for different occasions and locations. This brief history will help you think about the origins of great floral design work.
Lesson 1.4 Design Exercise: A Basic Arrangement
In Lesson 1.4: Design Exercise: A Basic Arrangement, we're going to be focused on creating a basic arrangement. Basic does not mean boring, but rather a design that utilizes the principle of pairing a focal flower with accent flowers, fillers, and greens. If an element doesn't add visual value it should be reconsidered.
Unit 2 Developing Your Online Presence
Lesson 2.1 Setting Up Your Online Workspace
In Lesson 2.1: Setting Up Your Online Workspace, we go over using mood boards to express a design idea. Organizing your boards by subject or theme is helpful for communicating ideas to others, and an excellent way in determining your own style.
Lesson 2.2 From Inspiration to Execution
In Lesson 2.2: From Inspiration to Execution, we bring elements from inspiring images into your arrangement without directly imitating. You'll take your design ideas, work through the process of honoring them, and problem solve as necessary, regardless of the challenge.
Lesson 2.3 Focus on Photography
In Lesson 2.3: Focus on Photography, we go over the importance of building a photo library that highlights your work as a floral designer. A good working sense of the principles of photography is a useful skill to have. Additionally, we instruct you how to create a consistent aesthetic in your photos and how to use image-editing software.
Lesson 2.4 Image Sharing
In Lesson 2.4: Image Sharing, we look into using Instagram as an outlet to present your work. We give you detailed step-by-step instructions to create your own account and how to use the social media platform to your advantage to present your work and share with others.
Lesson 2.5 Design Exercise: Inspired Arrangement
In Lesson 2.5: Design Exercise: Inspired Arrangement, we challenge you to create a simple arrangement to display in your home based on an image you find inspiring. This will test your ability to source and design an arrangement based on the image you select.
Unit 3 Day-to-Day Design
Lesson 3.1 Dinner Party Decor
In Lesson 3.1: Dinner Party Décor, we focus on designing tablescapes. Yo'll also consider areas such as an entry table, bathrooms, and bar cart. We also go over what necessary details are needed from your client to prepare the appropriate decor.
Lesson 3.2 Design Exercise: Dinner Tablescape
In Lesson 3.2: Dinner Exercise: Dinner Tablescape, we experiment aspects and interaction of color across different arrangements. The goal is to work with a set color scheme and explore how various colors can be distributed and feel cohesive.
Lesson 3.3 Working as Part of a Creative Team
In Lesson 3.3: Working as Part of a Creative Team, we explore creative teamwork. When working with a creative team for an event, you will be required to function as just one part of a whole. You will learn how everyone has their own talent and everyone has their role.
Lesson 3.4 Design Exercise: Designing for a Photo Shoot
In Lesson 3.4: Design Exercise: Designing for a Photo Shoot, we will teach you how to create two different floral pieces, a headpiece and a hand-tied bundle. Additionally, we will go over techniques that will help you when working under tight time constraints.
Lesson 3.5 Customer Orders
In Lesson 3.5: Customer Orders, we go over how to communicate and handle clients when taking orders. We also go over how to handle creative direction from clients and when to use your design sense to make suggestions to their vision.
Lesson 3.6 Design Exercise: Three Arrangements with Various Requirements
In Lesson 3.6: Design Exercise: Three Arrangements with Various Requirements, we consider requests that pertain to three separate orders. We show how you can make the most of the flowers you'll purchase and how to structure and schedule your day.
Unit 4 Weddings and Events
Lesson 4.1 Designing for Events
In Lesson 4.1: Designing for Events, we go over how to keep good relations with your clients. We also discuss other responsibilities a floral designer may have such as, directly communicating with vendors, budgets, schedules, purchasing, hiring, etc.
Lesson 4.2 Developing a Concept and Proposal
In Lesson 4.3: Developing a Concept and Proposal, we go over how to create a proposal for your client. We also discuss what necessary materials are needed to best present your concept and get your vision across to your client.
Lesson 4.3 Wedding Client Relations
In Lesson 4.3: Wedding Client Relations, we go over the various steps that you will need to take when designing floral arrangements for a wedding. We also go over how to properly mark up the flowers and appropriately arranging payments.
Lesson 4.4 Designing for the Wedding Party
In Lesson 4.4: Designing for the Wedding Party, we discuss flowers for everyone in the bridal party everything from how to construct exquisite, fairy-tale bridal bouquets to garlands for the flower girl's hair.
Lesson 4.5 Creating a Romantic Environment
In Lesson 4.5: Creating a Romantic Environment, we discuss how to plan the flowers for a wedding ceremony and reception. We cover table centerpieces and decorating the place card table, the buffet table, and how to adorn the wedding cake.
Lesson 4.6 Design Exercise: Wedding Arrangements
In Lesson 4.6: Design Exercise: Wedding Arrangements, we go over some of the most common elements including a large branch-based arrangement, bud vase arrangements, a bridesmaid bouquet, a boutonniere, and a corsage.
Unit 5 Advanced Floral Design
Lesson 5.1 Design Exercise: Flowers Under Glass
In Lesson 5.1: Design Exercise: Flowers Under Glass, we show you how to properly design an arrangement that will be displayed under a glass bell jar. We go over what flowers would be the best choice for this particular arrangement, and we discuss different ways to promote airflow inside the glass jar.
Lesson 5.2 Design Exercise: Constructing a Garland
In Lesson 5.2: Design Exercise: Constructing a Garland, we show you how to hand-make a garland or greens and flowers. We go over important elements that will help the garland hold up without water and how to lengthen its lifespan. Additionally, we explain how to properly hang and display your finished garland.
Lesson 5.3 Design Exercise: Exploring Minimalist Design
In lesson 5.3: Design Exercise: Exploring Minimalist Design, we introduce you to the art of Ikebana. We dive into the origins of Ikebana and its meaning, and discuss the process of designing a minimalist arrangement.
Lesson 5.4 Design Exercise: The Art of Lei Making
In Lesson 5.4: Design Exercise: The Art of Lei Making, we show you how to string orchid lei. We discuss the history of lei and what it means to wear and receive one. Additionally, we give you two step-by-step instructions to create two different kinds of lei.
Unit 6 Designing as a Professional
Lesson 6.1 Selling to Businesses
In Lesson 6.1: Selling to Businesses, we go over how to take all of the floral design skills you have learned and market you. We share tips about how to sell floral design to different types of customers. We also share with you the eight rules for selling and different tactics to help you sell.
Lesson 6.2 Setting Up Your Own Business
In Lesson 6.2: Setting Up Your Own Business, we share the advantages to starting your own business and the realities that come with it. We also share resources about starting and running a successful small business. Additionally, we share tips on how to prepare your own business plan.
Lesson 6.3 Developing Your Online Presence
In Lesson 6.3: Developing Your Online Presence, we go over how to create your own website. We also discuss what to look for when hiring a professional web designer. We also give you a step-by-step breakdown on what standard pages are needed for a website.
Lesson 6.4 Marketing Yourself
In Lesson 6.4: Marketing Yourself, we go over how to bring the people who want you to design their flowers right to you. We'll help you simplify the approach so that it feels more organic. We also go over how to best present yourself to potential employers, give some thought to the ideal work situation.
Lesson 6.5 Design Exercise: Publishing an Online Portfolio
In Lesson 6.5: Design Exercise: Publishing an Online Portfolio, we discuss how to take your collection of photographs you've taken throughout this course, we'll teach you how to thoughtfully put them together to take your brand live, via an online portfolio.
Floral Design Course Tuition
NYIAD's Floral Design course costs far less than the tuition at a residential school. Our mission is to make Floral Design training both affordable and accessible for students everywhere.
Two Payment Plans to Choose From
Save 25% when you enroll in more than one program
NYIAD now allows you to enroll in more than one course and save money on the tuition of each! This applies to single students enrolling in two courses at the same time or multiple people enrolling in the same course together. The 25% discount is off the list price and supersedes any other discount.
Try it risk-free!
Our refund policy gives you up to 14 days to review the course with no risk. If during that time you decide the program is not right for you for any reason, simply notify us and we'll refund every penny. No questions asked.
After 14 days, you can cancel at any time and you may be entitled to a refund based on how much you've completed.
That means there's no reason to hesitate.
Learn Flower Arranging from Professional Floral Designers
NYIAD is the only school that pairs its students with professional floral designers and florists. You will learn flower arranging from experienced professionals, who you have access to via phone or email.
Kelly Cobb is the owner of 2h flowers, an NYC East Village based home floral studio. Kelly has had the opportunity to work with many amazing clients and friends and be featured in Bergdorf Goodman, J Brand, Gant Rugger, Conde Nast, Pamela Love, KiDs Creative, SHoP architects, Pink Olive, Alice Gao, VICINUS Project, Shoptiques, Garance Doré, New York Times, Paper Magazine, and Good Morning America Live.
David M. Handy is an established, dynamic, and trendsetting event and floral designer. DMH Events has been featured in top industry publications such as Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, Southern New England Weddings, Simply Elegant Platinum Wedding New England and Bliss Celebrations. David's work is also a favorite pick on many wedding blogs including The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Wire and Well Wed.
Stellar Style Events, Floral & Event Design was established in 2007, led by Jacqueline Elfe. Starting her career in planning events for over 12 years, she found designing events more intriguing and fulfilling to her artistic senses. Stellar Style Events floral pieces have been published in: It's All About The Dress and featured in New York Weddings, Ceci Style, Munaluchi Bride, and more.
Holly is the creative visionary behind Holly Heider Chapple Flowers, Chapel Designers, and Loudon Weddings. With over 20 years of successful business experience behind her, Her work has been published in Martha Stewart, Southern Living Weddings, Weddings Unveiled, Brides, The Knot, Washingtonian, Southern Weddings, Virginia Living, In Touch Weekly Magazine, Elegant Bride, Engaged Magazine.
About Our Mentor Program
The New York Institute of Art and Design is the only online school that gives you access to a professional designer who will act as your teacher and mentor.
You will benefit from a personal relationship just like you would get in the classroom. Our mentors are there to answer your questions via phone or email at every turn.
In addition, you will submit projects throughout the course which will be evaluated by your teacher. They are there to help you improve as you master the craft.