The Associate of Arts degree is a balanced dual-major program. A minimum of 60 semester credit hours is required for degree completion. Each student takes the core curriculum consisting of 16 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. The choice of electives gives each student the opportunity to acquire specialized skills in one of the fields of fashion design, interior design, graphic design, or merchandise marketing.
The Associate of Arts degree is 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 entering the Associate of Arts degree program.
AA - Fashion Design Concentration
Fashion design students are encouraged to experiment and innovate while keeping market demands in mind. Wade College offers industry-related technology in fashion design to prepare students for careers within the industry. Facilities include industrial sewing machines and sergers, industry-standard pattern drafting tables, a variety of standard and custom-made dress forms, and gravity feed steam irons. The college’s computer and graphics laboratories feature individual work stations with connectivity to laser printers and scanners, software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and online access to fashion resources such as WGSN, a trend forecasting resource, The University of Fashion, WWD, and the Internet. The fashion design concentration merges today’s latest computer software with hand skills utilized in garment construction.
A concentration in fashion design emphasizes skills in design, fashion sketching, trend analysis, promotion, and presentation while providing a strong technical background in patternmaking, draping, and sewing. Students also gain an awareness of the aesthetics of fashion design.
Each trimester, graduating students design and present a finished collection at the Wade College Professional Portfolio Critique. Presentation skills are judged by a panel of faculty members and industry professionals that selects a best collection. Students also develop a professional portfolio geared to their individual career goals in the fashion industry. Fashion students are also given the opportunity to share their creativity by participating in design competitions and by showcasing their work at student shows held throughout the year. In addition, students will have the opportunity to further their knowledge with opportunities to gain industry experience during markets at Dallas Market Center.
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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