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 - Interior Design Concentration
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. All graduating interior design students at the associate-degree level will produce a finished professional portfolio and participate in the Wade College Professional Portfolio Critique. 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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