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Cultivate creativity in a blossoming industry.

Turn your green thumb into a growing career that brightens lives and enhances events. In JCCC’s multidisciplinary Floral Design program, you’ll use your creative passion to master the business acumen needed to achieve success in the multibillion-dollar floral design industry.

What will I learn in JCCC's Floral Design program?

Get immediate, practical experience exclusively found at JCCC. We take you through the beginning of floral arrangement to engaging customers and making the sale. In our JCCC greenhouse, you will learn to grow, care for and create your own stunning designs.

Diverse classroom learning experiences provide a well-rounded education in the business side of floral design. Form connections with local wholesale florists during experiential class trips. Apply the skills taught in the classroom in real-world scenarios, including creating arrangements for highly attended community events.

In two semesters, develop sought-after skills that translate into a variety of careers in floral design. As a JCCC student, you’ll learn to:

  • Create, arrange and stage designs for high profile events, weddings and corporate functions
  • Prepare large-scale floral designs within a budget
  • Manage your own small business, including finances and nurturing customer relationships
  • Work with a variety of materials, including popular dried and silk arrangements
  • Understand the principles of design, compositions, scale, proportion, balance, unity, harmony, rhythm and focal emphasis

Why study Floral Design at JCCC?

Our comprehensive program prepares you for the varied career paths you can take in floral design. When you enroll in the Floral Design program, you’ll experience:

  • Stellar reputation: JCCC's Floral Design Certificate is the only one of its kind in the Kansas City area and the state of Kansas. You’ll receive a one-of-kind education that employers locally and regionally recognize and respect.
  • Expert faculty: Our floral design instructors have more than 30 years of combined experience in the industry. As a result, we’ve built lasting connections with local floral businesses, providing you with learning and networking opportunities.
  • Practical skills: Roll up your sleeves and work on designs for special events at JCCC, off-site special events, important holidays and on-campus flower sales. These experiences mean you’ll graduate with an impressive portfolio that showcases your work in various settings to potential clients and employers.
  • Multidisciplinary learning: Go beyond the basics of floral arrangement and learn to grow and care for the plants you’ll use in your designs. Gain a complete understanding of each and every flower as you grow plants in JCCC’s very own greenhouse, an opportunity no other regional program offers.
  • Outside involvement: Practice your entrepreneurial skills outside of the classroom. Join the Floral Design Club to gain experience in marketing, merchandising, buying and designing floral products.
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Floral design continues to be a multibillion-dollar industry, with arrangements and styles for every occasion. In 2020, the National Retail Federation estimated Americans spent $2.3 billion on Valentine’s Day flowers. In addition, the wedding industry, a major market for floral designers, reached a market size of $61.9 billion in 2022, according to a report by IBIS World.

With an ever-expanding industry, the only question is where you will choose to work! Floral design is a fun and flexible field. Demand continues to grow in retail and specialty event stores looking for creative and talented designers. Area business seek out JCCC graduates because they know students like you receive a hands-on education from industry professionals.

If a certain aspect of the industry interests you, take your JCCC education and start your own floral design business! Cater to weddings, corporate events or other special occasions where beautiful flowers can put a smile on someone’s face.

You can complete the Floral Design Certificate and join the workforce within a year. If you’d like to continue your studies, consider earning an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Interior Design. You can also transfer to a four-year school to pursue a degree, such as a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture at Kansas State University. 

Download the Floral Design Program Outlook (PDF) for employment projections and salary information.

If you’re worried about the cost associated with the floral design courses at JCCC, we are here to help. At Johnson County Community College, we strive to make tuition more affordable for all of our students. When the stress of paying for college is put to the wayside, you can focus more on performing well in your courses. 

Here’s what JCCC has to offer for Floral Design students:

Depending on your specific courses, supplies and textbooks may be an additional cost.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Additionally, the Gardeners of America Scholarship is for students enrolled in horticulture or floriculture. Other scholarships especially for interior design students include:

  • Janet Alholm Memorial Interior Design Scholarship
  • Bill and June Bailey Interior Design Scholarship
  • IDSA Design Merit Award
  • Harris Polsky Interior Design Scholarship
  • Jack Harris Interior Design Scholarship

Resources at JCCC

In addition to tutoring and small class sizes, JCCC offers several resources in the Floral Design program. 

If you are looking for information about scholarships, student loans or other ways to pay for your schooling, our Financial Aid office is here to assist you. 

The Career Development Center and our Academic Counseling services ensure your certificate in floral design will align with any long-term goals or dreams you may have for your career. 

You may also decide to transfer your credits to a university now or later. Transferring is an easy way to further your education elsewhere without worrying about retaking core credit courses at higher costs.