Wade College

Introduction

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.

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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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Bachelor of Arts - Interior Design

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Dallas

Interior design students are presented with issues pertaining to context, aesthetics, and social responsibility. The curriculum focuses on design theory and practices with emphasis in construction and innovative technology. [+]

Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design The Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design is a balanced dual-major program. In addition to the minimum 60 semester credit hours required for associate degree completion and acceptance into the Wade College Bachelor of Arts degree program, 60 semester credits hours will be required for baccalaureate degree completion, thus totaling 120 semester credit hours. At the baccalaureate degree level, each student will take the core curriculum consisting of 14 courses totaling 42 semester credit hours. Instructional areas of emphasis in the core curriculum include merchandising, design, and general studies. A minimum of six elective courses totaling 18 semester credit hours are also required, giving students the opportunity to acquire specialized skills in either fashion design, interior design, merchandise management, or visual communication. As the Associate of Arts degree is a four consecutive trimester program, the Bachelor of Arts degree is also a four consecutive trimester program. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester. Full-time students usually graduate 16 months after completing the Associate of Arts degree program and entering the Bachelor of Arts degree program. BA - Interior Design Interior design students are presented with issues pertaining to context, aesthetics, and social responsibility. The curriculum focuses on design theory and practices with emphasis in construction and innovative technology. Students develop diverse skills such as critical thinking, professional procedures, business practices, and communication skills that include verbal, written, and visual formats. Students learn how to problem solve using the design process by applying their knowledge of interior design principles, elements, theories, history, and methodology to analyze a client profile and project program. Building systems are defined to produce design solutions with an understanding of sustainability, codes, environmental issues, and regulatory compliance. In addition, Wade College is dedicated to transforming students into professionals who have the ability to design quality interior environments that contribute to the safety and well-being of inhabitants, while incorporating a concern for the environment and society at large. The baccalaureate-level program allows for a more comprehensive study of critical topics including; lighting design, sustainability, construction methodology, professional practice, color, and environmental systems. The program provides an increased exposure to critical design topics which face the interior design profession today. The interior design concentration is seeking candidacy from the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) under Professional Standards 2014. A site visit was conducted November 22-25, 2014; in March 2015, CIDA granted Wade College candidacy status. "Candidacy status is recognition of the quality of academic programs in development. CIDA’s Accreditation Commission awards candidacy status to programs to signify that CIDA has determined the program is progressing towards CIDA accreditation and has the potential to achieve compliance with CIDA Standards within five years. Candidacy status does not indicate that a program is accredited, nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of that program by CIDA." Per CIDA standards, the following information is provided: Retention rate for baccalaureate level interior design students is 100%. Graduation rate for baccalaureate level interior design students is 100%; the first class to graduate was in January 2015. Acceptance rate for baccalaureate level interior design students into graduate programs is 0%; no graduate has applied to a graduate program. Job placement rate for baccalaureate level interior design students is 100%. New students may enter at the beginning of any trimester. Trimesters during a calendar year start approximately at the beginning of February, at the beginning of June, and at the beginning of October. One calendar year (12 months) consists of three trimesters and approximately seven weeks of student break. Two trimesters comprise one academic year. Classes may be scheduled from 8:00 AM to 10:35 PM, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Friday. Weekend classes may be scheduled from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday. Class schedules vary each trimester. Tuition rates are assessed on a per credit-hour basis, except for college preparation courses which are assessed on a flat-rate tuition basis. Tuition rates include all necessary course materials, which may include, but not limited to, an electronic tablet, textbooks, e-books, supplies, and printing costs necessary to meet minimum course requirements, which include portfolio production. Tuition rates do not include: the costs of a graduating student’s cap and gown required for commencement ceremonies; or costs for fees required for participating in optional extracurricular activities, such as student organizations and activities. [-]

Bachelor of Arts - Merchandise Management

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Dallas

The merchandise management concentration prepares students to employ skills related to business principles, theories, and practices that exist in today’s domestic and global marketplace. [+]

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design is a balanced dual-major program. In addition to the minimum 60 semester credit hours required for associate degree completion and acceptance into the Wade College Bachelor of Arts degree program, 60 semester credits hours will be required for baccalaureate degree completion, thus totaling 120 semester credit hours. At the baccalaureate degree level, each student will take the core curriculum consisting of 14 courses totaling 42 semester credit hours. Instructional areas of emphasis in the core curriculum include merchandising, design, and general studies. A minimum of six elective courses totaling 18 semester credit hours are also required, giving students the opportunity to acquire specialized skills in either fashion design, interior design, merchandise management, or visual communication. As the Associate of Arts degree is a four consecutive trimester program, the Bachelor of Arts degree is also a four consecutive trimester program. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester. Full-time students usually graduate 16 months after completing the Associate of Arts degree program and entering the Bachelor of Arts degree program. BA - Merchandise Management The merchandise management concentration prepares students to employ skills related to business principles, theories, and practices that exist in today’s domestic and global marketplace. Students are introduced to integrated brand promotions, management and organizational behavior, manufacturing and product development, trend forecasting, human resources, public relations, accounting, and business law while also incorporating a sense of aesthetic awareness and execution in many, if not all, of the works produced. Students will be able to utilize skills relevant to real world applications in managerial leadership, e-retailing, global business, diversity in the workplace, and entrepreneurship. The development of a variety of diverse skills including critical thinking, professional procedures and practices, and communication skills comprised of verbal, written, and visual formats will also empower students to be placed in retail, wholesale, and allied field positions upon entering the workforce. Upon completion of the merchandise management concentration, students should have the skill sets to secure employment opportunities within a merchandise management or related field, utilize professional verbal, written, and interpersonal formats while communicating with appropriate aesthetic principles within the business environment, and make a significant contribution to their industry and community by supporting peers and juniors in a mentoring role. New students may enter at the beginning of any trimester. Trimesters during a calendar year start approximately at the beginning of February, at the beginning of June, and at the beginning of October. One calendar year (12 months) consists of three trimesters and approximately seven weeks of student break. Two trimesters comprise one academic year. Classes may be scheduled from 8:00 AM to 10:35 PM, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Friday. Weekend classes may be scheduled from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday. Class schedules vary each trimester. Tuition rates are assessed on a per credit-hour basis, except for college preparation courses which are assessed on a flat-rate tuition basis. Tuition rates include all necessary course materials, which may include, but not limited to, an electronic tablet, textbooks, e-books, supplies, and printing costs necessary to meet minimum course requirements, which include portfolio production. Tuition rates do not include: the costs of a graduating student’s cap and gown required for commencement ceremonies; or costs for fees required for participating in optional extracurricular activities, such as student organizations and activities. [-]

Bachelor of Arts - Visual Communication

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Dallas

The visual communication concentration prepares students for today’s visual communication industry in a professional learning environment. Students will be engaged in simulated real world challenges and immersed in a focused curriculum of design thinking, design practice, and innovative technology. [+]

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design is a balanced dual-major program. In addition to the minimum 60 semester credit hours required for associate degree completion and acceptance into the Wade College Bachelor of Arts degree program, 60 semester credits hours will be required for baccalaureate degree completion, thus totaling 120 semester credit hours. At the baccalaureate degree level, each student will take the core curriculum consisting of 14 courses totaling 42 semester credit hours. Instructional areas of emphasis in the core curriculum include merchandising, design, and general studies. A minimum of six elective courses totaling 18 semester credit hours are also required, giving students the opportunity to acquire specialized skills in either fashion design, interior design, merchandise management, or visual communication. As the Associate of Arts degree is a four consecutive trimester program, the Bachelor of Arts degree is also a four consecutive trimester program. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester. Full-time students usually graduate 16 months after completing the Associate of Arts degree program and entering the Bachelor of Arts degree program. BA - Visual Communication The visual communication concentration prepares students for today’s visual communication industry in a professional learning environment. Students will be engaged in simulated real world challenges and immersed in a focused curriculum of design thinking, design practice, and innovative technology. The program challenges students with issues pertaining to context, aesthetics, design constraints, social responsibility, and behavioral science. Brand identity, brand marketing, advertising, and web design are a focus. In addition, the visual communication concentration is dedicated to transforming students into professionals who can design engaging pieces that communicate effectively across a diverse audience while incorporating a concern for the environment and society at large. The development of diverse skills such as critical thinking, professional procedures, professional practices, and communication skills that include verbal, written, and visual formats will empower students to attain significant positions in the workforce. Upon completion of the visual communication concentration, students should have the skill sets to secure employment opportunities within a visual communication, graphic design or related field, communicate professionally using appropriate aesthetic principles for the business environment, and make significant contributions to the industry and community by supporting their peers and juniors in a mentoring role. New students may enter at the beginning of any trimester. Trimesters during a calendar year start approximately at the beginning of February, at the beginning of June, and at the beginning of October. One calendar year (12 months) consists of three trimesters and approximately seven weeks of student break. Two trimesters comprise one academic year. Classes may be scheduled from 8:00 AM to 10:35 PM, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Friday. Weekend classes may be scheduled from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday. Class schedules vary each trimester. Tuition rates are assessed on a per credit-hour basis, except for college preparation courses which are assessed on a flat-rate tuition basis. Tuition rates include all necessary course materials, which may include, but not limited to, an electronic tablet, textbooks, e-books, supplies, and printing costs necessary to meet minimum course requirements, which include portfolio production. Tuition rates do not include: the costs of a graduating student’s cap and gown required for commencement ceremonies; or costs for fees required for participating in optional extracurricular activities, such as student organizations and activities. [-]

Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design

Campus Full time 4 semesters September 2017 USA Dallas

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design is a balanced dual-major program. In addition to the minimum 60 semester credit hours required for associate degree completion and acceptance into the Wade College Bachelor of Arts degree program, 60 semester credits hours will be required for baccalaureate degree completion, thus totaling 120 semester credit hours. [+]

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design is a balanced dual-major program. In addition to the minimum 60 semester credit hours required for associate degree completion and acceptance into the Wade College Bachelor of Arts degree program, 60 semester credits hours will be required for baccalaureate degree completion, thus totaling 120 semester credit hours. At the baccalaureate degree level, each student will take the core curriculum consisting of 14 courses totaling 42 semester credit hours. Instructional areas of emphasis in the core curriculum include merchandising, design, and general studies. A minimum of six elective courses totaling 18 semester credit hours are also required, giving students the opportunity to acquire specialized skills in either fashion design, interior design, merchandise management, or visual communication. As the Associate of Arts degree is a four consecutive trimester program, the Bachelor of Arts degree is also a four consecutive trimester program. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester. Full-time students usually graduate 16 months after completing the Associate of Arts degree program and entering the Bachelor of Arts degree program. BA - Fashion Design The fashion design concentration emphasizes skills in garment design, customer research, trend analysis and forecasting, technical design, and presentation skills while providing a strong technical background in advanced patternmaking, draping, and sewing. Communication within the industry regarding garment construction, detailing, and fabrication is a focus. Advanced techniques for development of the fashion flat and fashion illustration using industry-related computer-aided design programs are also executed. Various studio electives cover advanced design, patternmaking, draping, and sewing knowledge. These include construction utilizing hand tailoring methods, evaluation of construction and costing, advanced draping methods, knit and swimwear, and bridal and evening wear. Students gain an awareness of the aesthetics of fashion design by designing a collection from inspiration in each studio course and completing it with a finished garment and formal presentation. Students are also given the opportunity to share their creativity by participating in design competitions and showcasing their work at student art shows held throughout the year. The fashion design concentration merges today’s latest computer software with skills in garment construction. Upon completion of the fashion design concentration, students should have the skill sets to secure employment opportunities within a fashion design or related field, communicate professionally using appropriate aesthetic principles for the business environment, and make significant contributions to the industry and community by supporting their peers and juniors in a mentoring role. New students may enter at the beginning of any trimester. Trimesters during a calendar year start approximately at the beginning of February, at the beginning of June, and at the beginning of October. One calendar year (12 months) consists of three trimesters and approximately seven weeks of student break. Two trimesters comprise one academic year. Classes may be scheduled from 8:00 AM to 10:35 PM, Monday through Thursday and 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Friday. Weekend classes may be scheduled from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday. Class schedules vary each trimester. Tuition rates are assessed on a per credit-hour basis, except for college preparation courses which are assessed on a flat-rate tuition basis. Tuition rates include all necessary course materials, which may include, but not limited to, an electronic tablet, textbooks, e-books, supplies, and printing costs necessary to meet minimum course requirements, which include portfolio production. Tuition rates do not include: the costs of a graduating student’s cap and gown required for commencement ceremonies; or costs for fees required for participating in optional extracurricular activities, such as student organizations and activities. [-]

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