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    Floral Design

Program Code:FDN
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

Designed in co–operation with the floral industry, this program provides you with the knowledge, skills and professional expertise required for a successful career as a Retail Florist and Designer.

You’ll benefit from the integration of theory and practice in the floral laboratory, and you’ll gain on–the–job experience in related field work.

Field Work

Throughout your studies, and in addition to the daily floral design practicum, you’ll gain on–the–job experience by working in related industry for approximately 200 hours.

Learning Outcomes

As a student of Floral Design, you’ll learn to:

  1. Communicate effectively with customers, supervisors, peers and suppliers
  2. Demonstrate the ability to make suitable bouquets and floral arrangements for any occasion, in keeping with the customer’s request and established tradition, using available materials within cost constraints
  3. Offer appropriate information on the care and handling of various flowers and foliages, indoor plants and other items available for sale at an employer’s establishment
  4. Acquire knowledge of most front–office duties associated with an employer’s establishment, such as correct handling of wire service orders, correct selling techniques, handling of charge card orders and operation of a cash register
  5. Apply and understand public relations, advertising and merchandising techniques.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


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Your Career

Prepare for your career as a Retail Florist or Floral Designer. Our two-semester Floral Design certificate program equips you with the practical skills and business knowledge to succeed as a floral designer, sales consultant/advisor or management trainee in retail flower shops, department stores, garden centres, interior landscape businesses, wire service organizations, wholesale and distribution outlets, gift shops and floral event companies.


  • American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD)
  • Canadian Academy of Floral Art (CAFA)
  • World Flower Council (WFC)

Wire Services:

  • Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD)
  • Teleflora Canada

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
RTF164 Principles of Design 2
RTF167 Customer Service - Floral 3
RTF169 Floral Design Lab I 6
RTF170 Field Work Experience (approximately 100 hours)
RTF172 Design Development I 4
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
FDP100 Floral Design Portfolio 3
FSH330 Evolution of Design 3
RTF262 Botany 3
RTF264 Floristry Theory 2
RTF269 Floral Design Lab II 6
RTF270 Field Work Experience II (approximately 100 hours)
RTF275 Floral Artistry 3
RTF277 Design Development II 4


2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Principles of Design
Customer Service - Floral
Floral Design Lab I
Field Work Experience (approximately 100 hours)
Design Development I
Semester 2
Floral Design Portfolio
Evolution of Design
Floristry Theory
Floral Design Lab II
Field Work Experience II (appriximately 100 hours)
Floral Artistry
Design Development II

Contact Us

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Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Simona Cojanu
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Eric Kiely
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22465
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Marianne Suess
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 24090
Program Chair: Gitte Hansen
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22160
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Seneca College - Floral Design

Yvonne, a Floral Design graduate, talks about studying at Seneca and her program's mix of design elements and business fundamentals that have helped her succeed. Video


“This program is a wonderfully mastered compilation of the retail florist business. It is designed to provide the tools for employment and ownership of floral shops. Taught by professional designers, it illustrates great insight into all aspects of the floral industry and is superbly delivered.”

Lorin Ellis,

“Seneca’s instructors are well regarded in our industry and my peers recommend its graduates. I have hired graduates because I know the calibre of student the program produces and the work they have accomplished during their training.”

Inta Gugano–Taurins
General Manager, Gardenia 5 Flower
Employer of Retail Florist Graduates

"Seneca's Floral Design Program prepared me for a career surrounded by flowers! After graduation I went on to be a junior designer in a downtown flower shop, then moved up to head designer managing three stores. I now own a flower shop, eco|stems in downtown Toronto, I am the chair of the Seneca Floral Design program Advisory Committee and will be inducted into the Canadian Academy of Floral Art in the fall. Seneca gave me the solid foundation I needed to achieve all of the above."

Joseph Delarge

“Seneca's Floral Design program equipped me with the ideal balance of theory and hands–on practice. The instructors bring to the classroom enthusiasm for their craft and years of reputable experience in floral design as a commercial and art form. I soon realized the reputation this program has in the floral industry. It has provided me with opportunities that extend beyond the classroom.”

Ruth Harrison


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