Unique, independent and inspirational British School of Floristry

Professional and complete floristry training from beginners to masters.

Welcome to the British Academy of Floral Art Floristry School and  home of floristry education in the United Kingdom. The British Academy of Floral Art is a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal winning floristry school with a growing international reputation for teaching excellence. We are based in the idyllic rural setting of Dunchideock near Exeter, Devon and run courses throughout the West country. The Academy is on the U.K register of Learning Providers and is a member of the British Floristry Association Institute of Professional Florists. Our highly-qualified instructors offer the full range of professional floristry qualifications, giving you the ability to learn on a flexible basis in small classes. We also run a number of taster sessions and one-day recreational workshops held at various locations throughout the year. We are passionate about lifelong floristry development at all levels of interest and ability. ABOUT US The Academy was set up in 2008 by Floristry Masters and qualified teachers Julie Collins and Tina Parkes . Julie and Tina developed a vision of how they felt floristry should be taught while working as lecturers at a horticultural College.  We have recently expanded and welcomed to the team tutors Amanda Randell, a RHS Chelsea Gold Medallist, freelance florist and experienced shop owner, and Kathryn Delve, who holds a City and Guilds Higher Diploma in Floristry and runs a freelance wedding business. Between the four of us, we have more than fifty years combined experience in the industry. As well as offering our own specific courses, we are a City and Guilds Centre of Training, enabling us to provide professionally-recognised qualifications from our own Academy Floristry level 2 to City & Guilds 5 Masters. The majority of our courses take place in the inspirational setting of our studio in converted farm buildings with views over the rolling Devon countryside. We also run training sessions in Bristol, Exeter and Newton Abbot. Our Floristry School aims to offer a different approach to learning: The emphasis is on the practical floristry classes, with extensive skills development and business training, but no homework or written assessments to be completed. The floristry courses are broken down into units, which can be taken on a weekly or weekend basis to fit in your work and home commitments, and built up into a full qualification. The beginning professional floristry levels are themed with wedding, funeral, hand-tied and arrangement units. We also have weekly half day creative flower arranging classes and floral workshops. The Academy of Floral Art currently has around one hundred students, many from Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Cornwall, but others from much further afield. There are up to a dozen people in a class, but because we are an independent school, we are able to run courses with lower numbers. Our graduates go on to run successful businesses, teach at other colleges and win gold medals at shows such as Chelsea and Hampton Court.  The Academy was recently honoured to be invited to decorate Number 10 Downing Street for a foreign state visit and in July 2016, a group of tutors and students travelled to the United States to take part in the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers Symposium in Anaheim, Orange County. Whatever your level of ability, we aim to build your confidence to blossom and create.

Latest News

Kingskerswell Flower Festival

Kingskerswell Flower Festival

  Every Thursday morning I teach an advanced recreational class in Newton Abbot, and we have been coming together now for ten years. Jenny Benny who has been with me from the start asked whether the Academy would help her decorate KIngskerswell Church in...

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BFA Floristry Industry Awards

BFA Floristry Industry Awards

We need your help! As many of you know, this September the Academy celebrates its 10th anniversary! We are planning some fun things for all of us to get involved in over the coming year, but first, to get the celebrations started, we are thrilled to tell...

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Announcing the all-new Academy Masters Programme

Announcing the all-new Academy Masters Programme

Announcing the all-new Academy Masters Programme PLUS an amazing 50% introductory offer for the first 5 students to sign up As part of the tenth anniversary celebrations of the British Academy of Floral Art, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the...

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I can't recommend the Academy highly enough. The tutors are amazing, so enthusiastic and generous with their knowledge of the industry. The huge emphasis on practical sessions enables budding florists to gain experience whilst developing their own style. I have also learnt a huge amount about the commercial aspects of developing a successful business. There is also a lovely sense of community with ongoing support from both fellow students and tutors - even after completion.
Sarah Young
Sarah Young
20:06 26 Jun 17
I have studied level 2 with The Academy of Floral Art and would highly recommend. Very knowledgeable, supportive and encouraging tutors. On going support through a student forum. If you are looking for a floral journey this is the place.
Dilys Godfrey
Dilys Godfrey
20:53 27 Oct 16
I started my level 2 floristry course earlier this year with the Academy of Floral Art and I can honestly say I can't imagine my life without them in it! .From small class sizes to supportive,attentive and knowledgeable tutors who have opened up a world of possibilities. I couldn't of been happier with my choice to study with them and really can't recommend the academy highly enough.
Tina Young
Tina Young
18:16 04 Oct 16
I have studied Level 3 and I am now studying Level 4 with the Academy. The professionalism , encouragement and inspiration the tutors impart is second to none. I highly recommend each area of floral education the Academy offers. Which is why I make a 14 hour round trip each month to be taught by them
Ann Meyer
Ann Meyer
09:31 05 Aug 16
I've done a few modules at both bristol and exeter and the teaching standard is incredible! I wouldn't advise anywhere else. Very flexible learning to work around life.
Pick Me
Pick Me
11:12 01 Aug 16

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