Floral Design Program: Professional Training for Careers in Floral Design

Our famed six-week program is the best way to quickly enter the floral design industry.  Learn from top florists in the nation, to prepare for a professional careers and be immersed our simulated environment filled with flowers! At the culmination of the program students will have the foundation skills, techniques and design aptitude to work in or open their own professional flower shop or design studio.

The Floral Design Program is the only licensed floral program in the State of New York  by the New York State Education DepartmentLicensure under the State recognizes the school as a high quality and career oriented school. 

Why FlowerSchool?

  • Only licensed floral design school in New York by NYSED BPSS
  • Our curriculum and faculty is State reviewed and licensed by the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision
  • Students receive vital work experience and resume building opportunities
  • Use premier blooms and varieties of flowers for hands-on work
  • Our faculty includes some of the best designers in the business
  • We offer flexible payment plans 
  • Access to job placement and alumni assistance after graduation

The Floral Design Program is a total cost of $8,150. Learn about our various payment plans, please email flowerschool@flowerschoolny.com

Included in your enrollment is:

  • Six-weeks of instruction
  • Hand-guide and additional hand outs
  • All flowers, materials & container per class
  • Floristry tool kit: apron, floral knife, floral clipper
  • Access to alumni opportunities & outreach

To enroll in the Floral Design Program students must submit:

  1. the completed Enrollment Form
  2. a copy of High School Diploma or equivalent
  3. $600 Down Payment & Registration Fee. All students must be at least 18 years old

Floral Design Program Curriculum

The comprehensive Floral Design Program course requirements.

The Floral Design Program is comprised of multiple series and individual classes that focus on subject matter that is critical to succeeding in the floral design industry.  The curriculum is outlined below, with approximations of the hours required to complete each series. From this specific curriculum students not only learn the best practices and skills, but also build confidence in their abilities to find success in the industry. 

The Floral Design Program also requires a 50 hr internship after completing the 84 hours of curriculum.

Introductory Series

9 Total Hours

This series of classes starts at the very beginning of floral design and teaches the foundation level skills in floral design. Skills include how to correctly handle and care for flowers, how to use a floral knife and clippers, and the conditioning of flowers for optimal vase-life longevity. This series teaches simple, high-end designs that highlight the flowers’ most beautiful and unique characteristics. Once learned, these designs can be recreated at home again and again.

Learn about the hybrid tea roses and other varieties. How are they grown and where. How are they shipped and how does this process effect the price and quality of the product. What characteristics can you expect from the different shipping and growing countries including longevity and flower conditions. Techniques to help hydrate roses and other hard stemmed flowers after shipping. How to use floral equipment safely and effectively. Students complete “Rose Twist” design using the knowledge and skills taught during the session .

Learn about about soft-stemmed flowers; how they grow and who grows the best varieties. How to get them to hydrate and last. Methods of conditioning soft-stemmed flowers. Learn a set of general designs to help soft stemmed flowers keep their shape including manipulating the stems so their best face is always shows and using other materials as aids to hold designs together. Student complete a graphic twisit design using only soft-stemmed flowers as a test of student knowledge.

Learn to start mixing different flowers and textures. How to achieve a chic seemingly garden look while keeping to a strict set of design instructions. Students will learn how to condition hydrangea and the other seasonal elements. The positives & negatives of floral foam and how to use it correctly. The techniques of building a composition so it can be consistent in design and travel well. Each student is responsible to build on arrangement using the above-demonstrated method as a test of student knowledge.

Traditional Dutch method where bouquet is made in the hand. This style and look is reminiscent of classic Dutch still life paintings. Students will learn the methodical construction of making bouquets by having all the stems going in the same direction and evenly distributed. Students will all build Dutch hand tied bouquet of their own as a test of student knowledge.

Intermediate Series

11 Hours Total

After learning the basic floristry techniques in the Introduction Series, the Intermediate Series will introduce the next level of floral design skills and techniques including purchasing flowers and building recipes.

Learn what the wholesale market is and what advantages & disadvantages it provides. Sellers insure competitive prices, larger selection of different flower varieties and consistency  of product. Students will learn about how to purchase from a variety of sources. Learn how to work with local flower farmer’s and wholesalers workflow and how to manage expectations. How to buy flowers based on cost, quality and location. Students will price out the designs made in the class using actual prices from the day’s purchase as a test of student knowledge.

Students will learn how to build a palette of similarly toned, monochromatic colors using different varieties of flowers. All students will make the design using the above techniques while seeing the different color and texture variations as a test of student knowledge. Learn to construct an arrangement using the crisscross technique using heavier flowers first to form a more stable grid. 

Learn about bridal bouquets and the different popular styles. Condition the seasonal flowers used in this bouquet. Use the skills learned in Class 4 and improve on them to make a more polished, professional, balanced bridal bouquet. All stems need to be arranged going in the same direction while blooms need to be at the appropriate height. This class is a focus on detail, color, texture, wrapping styles and bow styles. All students will make the design using the above techniques while seeing the different color and texture variations as a test of student knowledge.

Learn how to condition large botanical elements for large-scale floral designs including selecting the right clippers and how to use them. How to prune each piece to make sure that it is the right shape for designing and selecting the right vase styles. Students will learn how to Insert stems into the vase in the spiral fashion to easily manipulate the position and look of each branch. Each student will make a large-scale design with branches, flowers and other elements as a test of student knowledge.

Introduction to Tablescaping. In this class students will learn how to coordinate the entire look of a table including the silverware, candles and of course flowers. We will create two different looks or design styles to demonstrate how the flowers and decor can change the environment. Students will learn how to gauge the height and dimension of flower arrangements to work within sight lines, how to keep multiple arrangements similar to achieve a coherent and overall look and to maintain consistency of theme and concept according to the event or client’s request.

Conditioning & Floral Workflow Lab 

 4 Hours Total

The Conditioning Lab is a simulated design studio experience where students spend the entire day conditioning flowers for up and coming projects. Student will learn the best workflow to process flowers including how to check-in materials, prepping containers and conditioning different varieties of flowers depending on their needs and time of use. * Conditioning Lab will end when the project for the day is complete; time can vary.

Advanced Design Series 

9 Hours Total

The Advanced Design Series is a continuation of the Intensive Series where students learn more advanced techniques and develop their own style of floral design. Students will learn four different mechanics of arranging that are commonly used for achieving a specific look. Each student will also be responsible for creating a sketch of the concept and design, picking their own color palette for each instructional technique and selecting their own flowers to best fit their concept.

This class will focus on using chicken wire to help build a grid for floral design. Rather than replicating a design like in earlier classes, students will have to develop their own colors and style based on the class lecture. The instructor will coach each student to insure that they are successful.

This class will focus on building a tape & grid system for large-scale design. Rather than replicating a design like in earlier classes, students will have to develop their own colors and style based on the class lecture. The instructor will coach each student to insure that they are successful.

This class will focus on creating organic containers and how to create cohesive floral compositions. Rather than replicating a design like in earlier classes, students will have to develop their own colors and style based on the class lecture. The instructor will coach each student to insure that they are successful.

Over the last ten years a new standard of design has become prominent and celebrated throughout the floral design community, best demonstrated by designers like Ingrid Carozzi of Tin Can Studios, Sullivan Owen and Summer Robbins Flowers. With origins in Brooklyn, California and Texas, this contemporary aesthetic will feature asymmetry with an emphasis on foliage. Building upon the techniques learned in Class 10, students will create their own interpretation of an asymmetrical design that is both engaging and representative of today’s most exciting arrangements.

Advanced Design Floral Photography & Content Marketing 101 

5 Hours Total

Photographs of floral designs can often be the only record of a beautiful design or concept. In this introductory workshop students will learn the basics of floral photography & content marketing. Students will learn the essential skills to improve their photography practice and  how to better market, generate a brand and reach out to your customer base. In this workshop, students will learn:

  • Marketing & Branding 101 
  • Traditional vs. Content Marketing
  • How to Write a Press Release
  • Social Media Engagement, Strategic Plan & Vision
  • How to take a professional still life photo 
  • How to make a good photo GREAT
  •  

Wiring Wiring Techniques & Methods

6 Hours Total

Wiring flowers is a classic technique of the masters. From head wreaths, to boutonnières to fully wired cascading bouquets, this class aims to make you a pro.  You will learn how to wire 12 different flowers using 3 solid techniques that will enable you to wire everything.  You with then make a head wreath, boutonnière, corsage and cascading bouquet.  

In this class students learn how to choose flowers for boutonnieres, head wreaths and corages based on longevity and appropriateness for each application. Hand-wiring techniques will be demonstrated for specific flower types and then applied to each application. Students will take home a head wreath and boutonniere as created in class.

Students will learn how to create a modern, cascading bridal bouquet incorporating hand-wired blossoms with natural blooms. Students will learn how to wire stems to create length, how to manipulate stems and blooms to feature a flower’s best features and how to create a lush, cascading bouquet to produce an overall dramatic effect. Students will take home their romantic bouquets!

Large-Scale Installations for Weddings, Events & Corporate

12 Hours Total

This 2-day series focuses on large scale installations for maximum wow.  The installations program is the closes program we have to large scale sculpture with living materials and includes an elevated centerpiece design, large-scale monumental urn, flowering arch and hanging chandelier.   Each student will make very big things.  The only problem, how to fit them in the cab!

In this class, students will learn how to decorate a ceremony site with large-scale, 180-degree arrangements. A short talk will focus on vessel choice and scale of arrangements. The instructor will demonstrate how to prep a large-scale container with oasis and chicken wire, and create a three-sided arrangement that is structurally balanced as well as stunningly beautiful! Students will work in groups to recreate large-scale arrangements.

This class will feature elevated designs for events or weddings. This style allows for a floral component to be raised at least 24 inches off the table, which greatly changes the direction and viewpoint of the design. Students must concentrate on the viewer’s perspective as well as making a perfectly round design building on Oasis techniques from Class #3.

A brief discussion on the meaning and appropriateness of Chuppahs, arches and canopies for wedding ceremonies. Construction of a canopy or Chuppah will be created and students will learn specific techniques for applying flowers to canopies. The floral canopy will be decorated collectively by the group, weather permitting, in our beautiful outdoor garden space.

In this all-day workshop we will pull back the curtain on large-scale designs discussing real-world logistics, construction, pricing, installation practices and managing client expectations when it comes to over-the-top design.  Students will  create their own hanging chandelier that will teach the best techniques for these ever challenging design concepts.

Sympathy Workshop

4 Hours Total

In this class students  with work through the stages of planning a funeral using flowers as the medium to soothe and comfort the bereaved. Reviewing funeral traditions and treatments from around the world, this class will focus on the meaning of sympathy flowers in a non-cliched approach demonstrating how flowers can send a powerful message during a difficult time. Students will learn how to decorate a funeral wreath and casket spray using seasonal flowers.

Flower Shop Series

9 Hours Total

The Flower Shop Series is a four part series that will teach the class the workflow of owning a flower shop and will cover the following subjects. This class is for students with floral design experience who plan to open a retail shop or people who have shops who are looking to expand and redefine their businesses.

Understanding the type of business that you wish to have is the first task in preparing to open a shop. Do you want to have a shop that focuses on events (wedding and corporate) or gifts (retail) or a combination of the two? We will provide three working models so that you can visualize the type of business that would a best fit. Upfront costs will be discussed.

Section two focuses on preparation for daily orders. Students will be tasked with designing a variety of common requests, ordering the flowers for those designs and making sure they are within budget. Here, we will go over standard pricing practices, presentation, customer expectations and vendor relationships.

In the morning of day two, students will start their day operating as they were in a flower shop. The flowers will be conditioned; orders will be filled for specific clients with specific requirements. Finally, we will learn different wrapping styles and demonstrate successful working methods for each.

Part four will concentrate on the branding of the business, building a clientele creating a dynamic website and merchandising

Wedding Design Series

15 Hours Total

In this three-day course, students learn the full process of creating the overall floral design for a wedding. Students begin with creating storyboards, receive instruction in conducting consultations and creating proposals, how to purchase floral product and finally, creating the mock-execution of the event’s designs. Each student is required to develop their own wedding floral designs based on specific client requests and finishes with a mockup table decor and presentation to the “client.” This is a great opportunity for students to practice event production with specific client requests, budgets and of course, flowers. Day Two will focus on flower buying, production and construction of designs. This day will be led by designer Calvert Crary

Internship

50 Hours Total

Providing our students with opportunities in the floral field is an important goal for FlowerSchool NY. We work hard to help our students find real world experiences in order to continue their floral education in the field. We work with several affiliate flower shops and studios throughout the country that offer our students internships ranging from weekends to one month and full year opportunities. Many of our students build upon these experiences to open their own shops or secure a full-time position at an existing studio.

Registration & Requirements

Enrollment, Total Cost & Hours, Payment Schedule, Tuition Refund & Cancellation Policy

Enrollment Form & Policy

Registration for all classes is limited. Students are advised to register as soon as possible to ensure their enrollment in the Floral Design Program. Registrations are processed upon receipt and a letter of confirmation is e-mailed by the Registration Office. Students without access to e-mail will receive a confirmation letter in the mail within a week of registration. If the letter is not received within a week, students should call the School at 212.661.8074 to confirm registration. Course dates, times, and classrooms are subject to change—students with questions should check with the Registration Office. Students must notify the Registration Office of changes in their student information. Changes can be submitted at any time via phone, fax, e-mail, U.S. mail, or in person.

Students must:

  • provide a high school degree, (or GED or equivalent) 
  • be at least 18 years of age at the time of entrance in the school. 

Total Cost & Hours

The Floral Design Program is a total cost cost of $8,150 and requires a total of 134 hours which includes class time and internship hours.  To reserve your spot in an upcoming session, please provide a $600 Down Payment & Registration Fee.

Please see below for payment schedule. Classes can also be accrued individually to work toward the total number of required hours for the program.

Payment Schedule & Methods

WINTER SESSION ’21 (BEGINNING MONDAY, JANUARY 6TH)
Non-Refundable Registration Fee $100 and $500 deposit dueDecember 11
50% of balance due ($3,625)January 11
Remaining balance due ($3,625)February 1
SPRING SESSION ’21 (BEGINNING MONDAY, MARCH 2ND)
Non-Refundable Registration Fee $100 and $500 deposit dueFebruary 1
50% of balance due ($3,625)March 1
Remaining balance due ($3,625)March 22
SUMMER SESSION ’21 (BEGINNING MONDAY, May 3RD)
Non-Refundable Registration Fee $100 and $500 deposit dueApril 3
50% of balance due ($3,625)May 3
Remaining balance due ($3,625)May 24
SUMMER II SESSION ’21 (BEGINNING MONDAY, June 7TH)
Non-Refundable Registration Fee $100 and $500 deposit dueMay 7
50% of balance due ($3,625)June 7 
Remaining balance due ($3,625)June 28

FALL I SESSION ’21 (BEGINNING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH)

Non-Refundable Registration Fee $100 and $500 deposit dueAugust 13
50% of balance due ($3,625)September 13
Remaining balance due ($3,625)October 4
FALL II SESSION ’21 (BEGINNING MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH)
Non-Refundable Registration Fee $100 and $500 deposit dueSeptember 18
50% of balance due ($3,625) October 18
Remaining balance due ($3,625)November 8

Tuition Refund & Cancellation Policy

A student who cancels within 7 days of signing the enrollment agreement but before instruction begins receives all monies returned with the exception of the non-refundable $500 registration fee. Thereafter, a student will be liable for:

  1. The non-refundable registration fee plus
  2. The cost of any textbooks, supplies accepted plus
  3. tuition liability as of the student’s last date of physical attendance. Tuition liability is determined by the percentage of the program offered to the student.
IF TERMINATION OCCURS THE SCHOOL MAY KEEP:
0 – 15% of the program35%
16 – 35% of the program66%
36 – 50% of the program80%
After 51% of the program

100%

Student Tuition Liability Chart

PERCENTAGE COMPLETEDCOMPLETED PORTION OF PROGRAMTOTAL AMOUNT THE SCHOOL MAY KEEP
0 – 15%Day One – Day Five                     $2,852.50
16 – 35% Day Six – Day Ten                     $5,379
36% – 50%Day Eleven – Day Fifteen                     $6,520
After 51%Day Sixteen – End of Program

                     $8,150

If an applicant accepted by the School cancels prior to the start of scheduled classes or never attends class, the School will refund all monies paid, less the registration fee ($100). The School retains an additional $150 when a student is recruited from outside the United States or its territories and possesses a visa to enter the country for study.The refund due will be calculated using the last date of attendance and be paid within thirty (30) calendar days from the documented date of determination. The date of determination is the date the student gives written or verbal notice of withdrawal to the School or the date the School terminates the student, by applying the School’s attendance, conduct, or Satisfactory Academic Progress policy.

If the School cancels or discontinues its program, the School will make a full refund of all tuition paid for that period

Schedules

Class Schedules, Program Hours, Enrollment Deadlines, Holidays

2020/21 Class Schedules

Dates & Times may vary slightly to include holidays and take advantage of special opportunities that come up during the program.

Program Hours in Detail

SIX WEEK PROGRAMCOURSES ACCOMPLISHED# OF INSTRUCTIONAL HRS. PER WEEK

Week One

Introductory Series

Intermediate Series

                       

                 20

Week Two

Conditioning & Floral Workflow Lab

Advanced Design Series

Floral Photography & Content Marketing 101

                       

                  18

Week Three

Wiring Techniques & Methods 

Large-Scale Installations Series For

Events, Wedding & Corporate 

Sympathy Workshop

                       

                  22

Week Four

Consultation to Execution: Wedding Design Series

Flower Shop Series

                       

                 24

Week FiveFlower Shop Internship                 25
Week SixFlower Shop Internship                25

Sessions & Enrollment Deadlines

The FlowerSchool New York Floral Design Program is a six-week program offered five times a year. FlowerSchool New York accepts a Rolling Enrollment; first come, first served until the program reaches capacity.

PROGRAMDURATIONENROLLMENT DEADLINEGRADUATION DATE
Spring Session ’21March 1 – April 10Rolling Enrollment Deadline: Feb. 1April 9
Summer Session ’21 May 3 – June 12Rolling Enrollment Deadline: April 3June 11
Summer Session ’21June 7 – July 17Rolling Enrollment Deadline: May 7July 16
Fall Session I ’21Sept. 13 – Oct. 23Rolling Enrollment Deadline: August 13Oct 22
Fall Session II ’21Oct. 18 – Nov. 27Rolling Enrollment Deadline: Sept. 18

Nov 29

2021 Holiday Schedule

  • New Year’s Day – Fri, Jan 1, 2021
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Mon, Jan 18, 2021
  • President’s Day – Mon, February, 15, 2021
  • Memorial Day – Mon, May 31, 2021
  • Independence Day – Mon, Jul 5, 2021
  • Labor Day – Mon, Sep 6, 2021
  • Columbus Day – Mon, Oct 11, 2021
  • Veteran’s Day – Thu, Nov 11, 2021
  • Thanksgiving – Thu, Nov 25, 2021
  • Christmas – Fri, Dec 25, 2021

Internship Programs

Our Internship Program

FlowerSchool partners will several of the best flower shops and studios in New York to provide a 50- hour internship experience as apart of the Floral Design program. These internship provide vital opportunities for students to practice their skills and techniques in real-world studio settings. Students assist will all aspects of the floral business from weddings, events, weeklies, conditioning & flower prep, deliveries and more. These internships have the potential to grow into longer opportunities outside the school ranging from weekends, to one month and full year positions. Many of our students build upon these experiences to open their own shops or secure a full-time employment at an existing studio. FlowerSchool works hard to help our students find real world experiences to continue their floral education and use their skills

FlowerSchool also offers an online Alumni Group where like-minded graduates can connect with each other, ask questions and even help each other on independent events. FlowerSchool posts all job opportunities and external internships on this group.

Affiliate Flower Shops & Studios

A list of the flower shops that participate in our Internship Program.

Rachel Cho Floral Design

633 West 27th St

New York, NY

Contact: Rachel Cho & Peter Hein

Alexander Florals

1186 Madison Ave. 

New York, NY 10028

(212) 744-0100

Contact: Nick Alexander

Belle Fleur

134 5th Ave,

New York, NY 10011

(212) 254-8703

Supervisor: Meredith Perez

Villanueva Designs

120 W. 28th St, 3rd Floor 3X

New York, NY

Contact: Juan Villanueva

Primrose

2922 Ave M

Brooklyn, NY 11210

(347) 371-9263

Site Supervisor: Raquel Goldish

Floratorium

194 Hackensack St.

Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075 

(636) 656-1741

Site Supervisor: Carlos Franqui

Designs by Ahn

242 5th Ave, #2

New York, NY

Contact: Victoria Ahn

Élan Flowers

26 Grand St,

New York, NY

Contact:  Patrick & Christine

East Olivia

New York, NY

Contact:  Kristine LaForgia