Instruction in retail floristry is offered in cooperation with the American Institute of Floral Designers, San Francisco Bay Area Retail Florists Association and California State Florists Association. The two-year course of study is designed to give students thorough and well-balanced training in buying flowers, the art of arranging and selling them to the public, and operating a retail flower shop. Students who complete the curriculum satisfactorily are qualified for employment as designers and salespersons in the retail floral industry. The course of study includes instruction in the following: beginning, intermediate and advanced floral design, flower shop procedures, “hands-on” floral work experience, flower shop management, merchandising, marketing, basic business arithmetic, and record keeping. Students who complete the curriculum and other graduation requirements receive the Associate in Science in Floristry.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
Assuming students start this AS with transfer‐level math and English eligibility, the minimum time for completion is 4 semesters. Completion time will vary based on student preparation and number of units completed per semester.
Historically Courses have enrollments of 15-30 in each section. Students achieving Associates Degrees are usually 3-5 per year. The certificate is more popular and is in progress.
|Course number||Course Title||Annual Sections||Annual Enrollment/ Completions|
|R F 80A||Flower Shop Procedures and Basic Designs||3||60/60|
|R F 80B||Intermediate Floral Design||2||30/30|
|R F 80C||Advanced Floral Design||2||60/60|
|R F 81A||Fall and Winter Flower and Foliage Identification/Culture and Care||1||25/25|
|R F 81B||Spring and Summer Flower and Foliage Identification/Culture and Care||1||25/25|
|R F 82||Interior Plant Identification||2||60/60|
Students who complete the curriculum satisfactorily are qualified for employment as designers, salespersons, and buyers in a variety of retail floral businesses. Students may earn an Associate of Science Degree (A.S.) and an Award of Achievement in Retail Floristry or design their own course work, tailored to their individual needs.
Successful graduates work in public as well as private institutions, which may include running their own floral business, wholesaling to the retailer, or working as an independent freelance floral designer for hotels and special events. CCSF floristry graduates and alumni are in demand by such companies such as FTD, Teleflora, and 1-800-Flowers.
Consistent with City College of San Francisco vision and mission and with our Advisory Committee, the EnvironmentalHorticulture/Floristry Department provides unique educational programs that promote student achievement and life-long learning to meet the needs of our diverse community in San Francisco in areas of Horticulture and Floristry.
Our primary mission is to provide programs and services leading to
In addition, our department programs course offerings as resources allow and whenever possible, in collaboration with partnering agencies and community-based organizations.
(Y1 or S1)
|R F 80A||Flower Shop Procedures and Basic Designs||5||Y1, S1|
|R F 81||Flower and Foliage Identification/Culture and Care||2||Y1, S1|
|One of the following|
|R F 85 (A, B, C, or D)||Introduction to Floral Design (A-Spring, B-Summer, C-Fall, D-Winter||2||Y1, S1|
|ACCT 10||Introduction to Accounting||5||Y1, S2|
|R F 80B||Intermediate Floral Design||5||Y1, S2|
|R F 82||Interior Plant Identification||3||Y1, S2|
|R F 86A||Beginning Oriental Flower Arrangement||1.5||Y2, S1|
|R F80C||Advanced Floral Design||4||Y2, S1|
|R F 98||Retail Floristry Work Experience||3||Y2, S1|
|R F84||Flower Shop Operations||3||Y2, S2|
|R F98||Retail Floristry Work Experience||2-6||Y2, S2|
|MRKT 122||Professional Selling||3||Y2, S2|
|MRKT 140||Introduction to Marketing||3||Y2, S2|
|MRKT 170||Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communication||3||Y2, S2|
Required Major total: 38.5 – 42.5 units
Completion of CSU GEBreadth or IGETC pattern: 21 units
Year 1, Semester 1: 15 units
Year 1, Semester 2: 15 units
Year 2, Semester 1: 15 units
Year 2, Semester 2: 15 units
Total: 60 – 62.5units