The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.
The Floral Design major prepares students for work in the floral design industry. Flower care and handling, basic design, use of seasonal, dry, silk, or exotic plant materials, floral decoration, and special occasion arrangement are some of the skills and topics covered in the program.
Individuals typically find employment in many areas of the floral industry, such as retail flower shops, large retailers, wholesale suppliers, wineries, growers, and event and party planners.
With the great number of floral related businesses in Sonoma County, the job outlook is good. While the number of retail flower shops has remained constant, flowers are becoming available in many types of stores, such as supermarkets and mass merchandisers. In addition, the growth of the Sonoma County tourism industry is leading to more job opportunities. Flowers used for weddings, special events and conventions are increasing the demand for qualified floral designers.
Students interested in the Certificate of Achievement program can see the Floral Design certificate site. More information about the Floral Design program can be found at the Consumer and Family Studies website.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:
Recommended Sequence of Courses
- Name and properly use the tools and mechanics in floral design;
- demonstrate proper standards of care and handling of fresh floral materials;
- create fresh floral arrangements and distinguish between the different types of design styles; and
- demonstrate an entry level knowledge of retail flower shop operation.
Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.