About Floristry

Opportunities for creative expression, a desire to work with a beautiful product, enjoyment of hands-on creativity, and a determination to make the most important moments in life truly special, are just a few of the reasons students choose to study floristry at City College of San Francisco. 

Learn from internationally recognized and honored floral design instructors while building excellent industry connections. The Floristry Program is designed to give students a thorough well-balanced training in the buying and selling of floral products, the art of creating floral arrangements and the operating of various types of floral enterprises. By completing the Floristry program, you will  be qualified for employment as designers, salespersons, and buyers in a variety of retail floral businesses

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Floristry can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • Floral Designer
  • Designer Assistant or Salesperson
  • Floral Manager
  • Carriage Trade Shop: Catering to an elite clientele
  • Studio Operation: Concentrating on special events, catering or freelance designing
  • Wholesale Florist-Supplies: Selling fresh/silk and decorative accessories

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
RF 80A Flower Shop Procedures and Basic Designs 5  
RF 81A or RF 81B Fall and Winter Flower and Foliage Identification/Culture and Care or Spring and Summer Flower and Foliage Identification/Culture and Care 2  
GE Area A Communication and Analytical Thinking 3  
ENGL 1A + 1AS University-Parallel Reading and Composition + Support 4-6  

Total Units: 14-16

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
RF 80B Intermediate Floral Design 5  
RF 85 (A, B, C, or D) (A)Introduction to Floral Design - Spring,(B)Introduction to Floral Design-Summer, (C)Introduction to Flower Arranging Fall, (D)Introduction to Flower Arranging Winter 2  
RF 86A Beginning Oriental Style Flower Arranging 2  
GE Area D Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirement 3  
MATH 46, MATH 60 or 860, ET 108B, or ET 50, or PSYC 5, or ECON 5, or LALS 5, or PHIL 12A, or FIN 136M or higher math course (or equivalent) Math Graduation Requirement 3-8  

Total Units: 13-18

Semester 3 (Summer)

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
GE Area E Humanities Requirement 3  
GE Area H Ethnic Studies, Women's and Gender Studies and LGBTQ Studies 3  

Total Units: 6

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
RF 80C Advanced Floral Design 4  
RF 82 Interior Plant Identification 3  
ACCT 10 Introduction to Accounting 5  
RF 98 Work Experience 3  

Total Units: 15

Semester 5

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
RF 84 Flower-Shop Operations 3  
RF 98 Work Experience 2-6  
MRKT 122 or MRKT 140 or MRKT 170 Professional Selling or Introduction to Marketing or Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communication 3  
GE Area C Natural Sciences Requirement 3-6  
GE Area F United States History and Government Requirement 3  

Total Units: 14-21

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Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities.

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.