MSU Extension Master Floral Designer Program

  • 14 Weeks

Overview

Do you like to design with flowers and greenery for your home, place of work, or friends and family? If so, consider enrollment in the MSU Extension Master Floral Designer (MFD) certificate program. MFDs learn all the basics of fresh floral design and importantly, what makes a design beautiful.

The course (Phase I) consists of 14 peer-reviewed units written and delivered by Dr. James DelPrince, AIFD, PFCI, AAF, Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University Extension. It is recommended for consumer-level floral design enthusiasts. After completion, students are eligible for move upward to Phases II and III.

Phase I is a semester-long (14 week) online course. Each week, a new series of educational videos open within the online course platform. Topics include floral care and handling, understanding design principles and their interaction in floral arrangement, design elements including in-depth information about color and all other elements. Each unit contains practical applications on creating floral designs such as centerpieces, buffet design, altar arrangements, and seasonal compositions. Fun exercises allow you to learn more about the cut flowers, cut foliage, and dried/preserved materials used in floral design. The course is complimented by a high-quality textbook included in the fee. Over 52 hours of video content is included in Phase I, divided over 50 videos professionally produced and edited by MSU Agricultural Communications and the MSU Television Center.

Phase II is a hands-on, in-person, four-day workshop held at our floral design studio located in Biloxi, Mississippi on the Gulf Coast. Learning is enhanced when accomplished in person with Dr. DelPrince and a small group of likeminded learners. Participants must complete Phase I prior to this hands-on segment. Phase II sessions are scheduled throughout the year and can be found here: https://reg.extension.msstate.edu/view/cal10a.aspx?ek=&ref=&aa=&sid1=&si...

Phase III involves non-profit volunteering that promotes floral design. This phase is offered for participants who wish to achieve a certificate but is not required. Learn more here: <https://extension.msstate.edu/content/master-floral-designers>

Job Outlook

Good; In demand

Objectives

What you will learn

All the basics of floral design including flowers to wear, table arrangements, and flowers for celebrating.

Understanding what makes a floral design beautiful

Creating the necessary effect for the occasion

Floral selection; choosing and organizing flowers according to form

Choosing and handling flowers to maximize their lifespan

Creating floral designs for seated events

How to successfully combine design elements within the design principles

Requirements

High-Speed Internet

Prerequisites

The course (Phase I) consists of 14 peer-reviewed units written and delivered by Dr. James DelPrince, AIFD, PFCI, AAF, Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University Extension. It is recommended for consumer-level floral design enthusiasts. After completion, students are eligible for move upward to Phases II and III.

Curriculum

Phase I Online

Introduction to the Program

Getting the Most out of the Program

Meet Dr. DelPrince

Post-Harvest

               The Tools of Floral Design

               Plant Growth and Development

               Chemicals and Practices that Improve Flower Life

               Things to Avoid

               Refrigeration

Media for Design

               Floral Design Mechanics

Principles of Design

               Balance, Proportion, Rhythm, Scale, Unity, Dominance, and Harmony

Elements of Design

               Color, Pattern, Form, Texture, Space, Line, Fragrance

History

               The 19th Century: The Age of Flowers

Design Demonstrations

Symmetrical Bow

Flowers to Wear (2)

Vase Arrangement

Spiral Handtied Arrangement

Hemispherical Mound Arrangement

Globe Form Design

Cone Form Design

Symmetrical Pyramid Design

Asymmetrical Design

Diamond Form Centerpiece

Crescent Form Design

Gladiolus Composite Flower

Permanent Botanical Design

Pressed Flower Picture

Each unit contains a mini quiz so that learners will fully understand content. Four assignments allow students to dig deeper into plant material identification.

Instructor

The program is led by Dr. Jim DelPrince, MSU Extension Horticulture Specialist. Dr. DelPrince has taught floral design at Mississippi State, one of the country’s leading floral management programs, since 1992. He is a Laureate Member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and was granted the AIFD Service to the Floral Industry award in 2016.  http://extension.msstate.edu/coastal-research-extension-center/dr-james-m-delprince

FAQs

Who can take this course?

MFD is open to students ages 16 and up. Anyone with interest in floral design is encouraged to enroll.

What do we learn?

See course outline.

Where, when?

This is an online course. It is offered three times per year in the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Can I get college credit for this course?

No.

Overview

Do you like to design with flowers and greenery for your home, place of work, or friends and family? If so, consider enrollment in the MSU Extension Master Floral Designer (MFD) certificate program. MFDs learn all the basics of fresh floral design and importantly, what makes a design beautiful.

The course (Phase I) consists of 14 peer-reviewed units written and delivered by Dr. James DelPrince, AIFD, PFCI, AAF, Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University Extension. It is recommended for consumer-level floral design enthusiasts. After completion, students are eligible for move upward to Phases II and III.

Phase I is a semester-long (14 week) online course. Each week, a new series of educational videos open within the online course platform. Topics include floral care and handling, understanding design principles and their interaction in floral arrangement, design elements including in-depth information about color and all other elements. Each unit contains practical applications on creating floral designs such as centerpieces, buffet design, altar arrangements, and seasonal compositions. Fun exercises allow you to learn more about the cut flowers, cut foliage, and dried/preserved materials used in floral design. The course is complimented by a high-quality textbook included in the fee. Over 52 hours of video content is included in Phase I, divided over 50 videos professionally produced and edited by MSU Agricultural Communications and the MSU Television Center.

Phase II is a hands-on, in-person, four-day workshop held at our floral design studio located in Biloxi, Mississippi on the Gulf Coast. Learning is enhanced when accomplished in person with Dr. DelPrince and a small group of likeminded learners. Participants must complete Phase I prior to this hands-on segment. Phase II sessions are scheduled throughout the year and can be found here: https://reg.extension.msstate.edu/view/cal10a.aspx?ek=&ref=&aa=&sid1=&si...

Phase III involves non-profit volunteering that promotes floral design. This phase is offered for participants who wish to achieve a certificate but is not required. Learn more here: <https://extension.msstate.edu/content/master-floral-designers>

Job Outlook

Good; In demand

Objectives

What you will learn

All the basics of floral design including flowers to wear, table arrangements, and flowers for celebrating.

Understanding what makes a floral design beautiful

Creating the necessary effect for the occasion

Floral selection; choosing and organizing flowers according to form

Choosing and handling flowers to maximize their lifespan

Creating floral designs for seated events

How to successfully combine design elements within the design principles

Requirements

High-Speed Internet

Prerequisites

The course (Phase I) consists of 14 peer-reviewed units written and delivered by Dr. James DelPrince, AIFD, PFCI, AAF, Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University Extension. It is recommended for consumer-level floral design enthusiasts. After completion, students are eligible for move upward to Phases II and III.

Curriculum

Phase I Online

Introduction to the Program

Getting the Most out of the Program

Meet Dr. DelPrince

Post-Harvest

               The Tools of Floral Design

               Plant Growth and Development

               Chemicals and Practices that Improve Flower Life

               Things to Avoid

               Refrigeration

Media for Design

               Floral Design Mechanics

Principles of Design

               Balance, Proportion, Rhythm, Scale, Unity, Dominance, and Harmony

Elements of Design

               Color, Pattern, Form, Texture, Space, Line, Fragrance

History

               The 19th Century: The Age of Flowers

Design Demonstrations

Symmetrical Bow

Flowers to Wear (2)

Vase Arrangement

Spiral Handtied Arrangement

Hemispherical Mound Arrangement

Globe Form Design

Cone Form Design

Symmetrical Pyramid Design

Asymmetrical Design

Diamond Form Centerpiece

Crescent Form Design

Gladiolus Composite Flower

Permanent Botanical Design

Pressed Flower Picture

Each unit contains a mini quiz so that learners will fully understand content. Four assignments allow students to dig deeper into plant material identification.

Instructor

The program is led by Dr. Jim DelPrince, MSU Extension Horticulture Specialist. Dr. DelPrince has taught floral design at Mississippi State, one of the country’s leading floral management programs, since 1992. He is a Laureate Member of the American Institute of Floral Designers and was granted the AIFD Service to the Floral Industry award in 2016.  http://extension.msstate.edu/coastal-research-extension-center/dr-james-m-delprince

FAQs

Who can take this course?

MFD is open to students ages 16 and up. Anyone with interest in floral design is encouraged to enroll.

What do we learn?

See course outline.

Where, when?

This is an online course. It is offered three times per year in the spring, summer, and fall semesters.

Can I get college credit for this course?

No.