Associate of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design
Fashion design students are encouraged to experiment and innovate while keeping market demands in mind. Wade College offers the latest 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 steam irons. The college’s computer and graphics laboratories features individual work stations with connectivity to laser printers and scanners, software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and online access to fashion resources and the Internet. The fashion design concentration merges today’s latest computer software with 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 faculty panel and a fashion industry professional panel selects a best collection. Students also develop a professional portfolio geared to their individual career goals. Fashion students are also given the opportunity to share their creativity by participating in design competitions and by showcasing their work at student art shows held throughout the year.
Students are prepared for the many platforms available for careers in the fashion design industry. Begin your studies now at one of the top schools for fashion design in Dallas/Ft. Worth.
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