For over fifty years, Wade College has inspired individuals to lead meaningful careers in design, fashion, and merchandising.
Founded by Sue Wade in 1962 with only ten students in Dallas, Texas, Wade College originally offered day and evening classes in fashion merchandising and professional modeling. In 1965, the growing institution moved from its Turtle Creek location to its current Dallas Market Center address, and in 1971, the curriculum shifted to full-time programs in merchandising and design. As graduates found success, the faculty expanded, and the library’s holdings increased, Wade College was granted accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1985.
Today, Wade College offers dual-major associate of arts and bachelor of arts degrees in merchandising and design with a wide range of visual arts specializations. Sue Wade continues to champion the original mission of Wade College as executive director, with Harry Davros shaping its future as president and chief executive officer.
Wade College offers students the opportunity to learn in the heart of the merchandising and design industries. The college is part of the Dallas Market Center, the world's largest wholesale merchandising and design complex. The Dallas Market Center is a 6.9 million square-foot complex consisting of four buildings. The complex consists of the Trade Mart, Market Hall, the International Trade Plaza, and the World Trade Center. Students have access to a complex that hosts over fifty wholesale markets a year.
Because Wade College is affiliated with the Dallas Market Center, students at Wade College have the opportunity to network with industry professionals, work in showrooms on a daily basis, and work the wholesale markets, thus gaining priceless industry experience. Many students make connections that allow them to travel to other markets around the country as well as enter permanent employment once they graduate.
Wade College occupies approximately 16,000 square feet on the fourth floor of the INFOMART building and another 1,000 square feet on the first floor of the World Trade Center of the Dallas Market Center. Additional areas throughout the complex are also available for college use. These areas are used for student orientations, exhibits, portfolio presentations, large assemblies, presentations by special guest lecturers, and graduations.
At Wade College, every student, regardless of specialty, has access to every course and every facility. Classrooms are spacious. Student-to-professor ratio is about sixteen to one, and the student-to-computer ratio is about four to one. Wade College uses state-of-the-art equipment including multimedia-equipped classrooms, a fashion design studio, an interior design studio, an art studio, and three computer laboratories, including one dedicated to graphic design. Various other equipment and support materials are available for the art and design studio courses.
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