The Floral Design Certificate, offered by the Department of Horticultural Sciences, contains 16 hours of concentrated study in the area of floral design for events, parties and weddings. The certificate is designed to provide a knowledge base to those individuals who have an interest in pursuing a career or affiliation that encompasses the many and varied aspects of the floral design industry. The certificate is open to all majors, but students should consult with an academic advisor prior to submitting a Floral Design Certificate program application.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at Texas A&M and, if required, have permission from their departmental advisor to apply for the
- Any major at TAMU can
- An overall TAMU GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for acceptance into the Floral Design Certificate
- Must complete Floral Design Certificate program application (see below).
|Code||Title||Semester Credit Hours|
|HORT 203||Floral Design||3|
|HORT 451||Retail Floristry||3|
|HORT 452||Floral Design: Weddings and Personal Flowers||3|
|HORT 453||Floral Art||2|
|HORT 454||Special Event Design and Production||2|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Understanding Wine: From Vines to Wines and Beyond|
|Floriculture Crop Production|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||16|
HORT 203 Floral Design. (2-2). Credit 3. Principles of design illustrated with the use of floral materials; floral design elements and techniques including color, form, line and texture; history and utilization of floral art in society.
HORT 335 Sociohorticulture. (3-0). Credit 3. Horticulture as it relates to humans through people-plant interactions; use of horticulture to improve quality of life; awareness and appreciation of the economic, environmental, social and health benefits of plants. Prerequisite: Junior classification.
HORT 416 Understanding Wine. From Vines to Wines and Beyond. (3-0). Credit 3. Facets of wine in the United States and around the world; the history of wine, grape growing and winemaking, types of wine, wine etiquette, beer and spirits, sensory evaluation, wine marketing, and winery tasting room and event management. Prerequisites: Must be 21 years of age; junior senior classification.
HORT 429 Floriculture Crop Production. (2-2). Credit 3. Production of floriculture crops in the greenhouse environment; scheduling and controlling crop growth for target market periods; specific flowering crops will be used as models to demonstrate potted flowering plant, cut flower, and garden plant production systems; hands-on crop production experience in lab. Prerequisite: HORT 201 or approval of instructor.
HORT 451 Retail Floristry. (2-3). Credit 3. Principles of floral design in a commercial shop enterprise; aspects of design in vase arrangements, personal flowers, sympathy flowers and flowers for special occasions; production costs and profit analysis, selling techniques and customer relations; term project required. Prerequisite: HORT 203 or approval of instructor.
HORT 452 Floral Design. Weddings and Personal Flowers. (2-3). Credit 3. Basic principles of floral design as applied to wedding work; design principles and mechanics as applied to corsages, headpieces, hand bouquets and ceremony and reception decorations; history of wedding traditions; selling and pricing weddings. Prerequisite: HORT 203 or HORT 451 or approval of instructor.
HORT 453 Floral Art. (1-2). Credit 2. Advanced study of floral design as an art form in contrast to a commercial florist operation; interpretive expression of design principles and color stressed along with international design styles. Prerequisites: HORT 203.
HORT 454 Special Event Design and Production. (1-2). Credit 2. Role of event planners, production managers, designers, and decorators within traditional event management practices; analyze how artistic components are used in visual styling to achieve a specific purpose; impact of collaborative planning, effective research, and strong communication skills, social psychological and economic influences as they relate to event planning. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
Floral Design Certificate Application Process
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program at Texas A&M University, and if required, have permission from their departmental advisor to apply for the program. Any major at Texas A&M University can apply. An overall Texas A&M University GPA of 2.0 or higher is required for acceptance into the program. *If there is an excess in applications, preference will be given to HORT majors, then minors, and PEMC students.
Satisfactory completion of courses:
To be awarded the Certificate in Floral Design, students must be accepted into the program and complete the required courses.
Per University guidelines, the student’s home college or major department is responsible for advising students pursuing a Certificate in Floral Design. Students may contact the Department of Horticulture at (979) 845-5341 if they have questions about course content.
Steps to take to declare for the Certificate in Floral Design:
- Meet with your departmental academic advisor to discuss certificate options and how these courses may apply to your specific degree plan.
- You may wish to meet with an academic advisor from the Horticulture Department to discuss courses and proper course sequence.
- You will officially apply for the certificate using the following link. Once approved, you will receive an email from the department stating you have been accepted into the Floral Certificate Program.