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 fifteen 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 visual communication. Various other equipment and support materials are available for the art and design studio courses.