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Fashion Design & Product Development

Fashion design and product development students are encouraged to experiment and innovate while keeping market demands in mind. Wade College offers the latest industry-related technology in fashion design and product development 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, Gerber Accumark pattern plotters and digitizers, software such as Gerber’s Yunique PLM, 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 and product development program merges today’s latest computer software with hand skills utilized in garment design and construction.

At the freshman and sophomore level, the program emphasizes skills in design, fashion sketching, fashion-related technology, trend analysis, promotion, and presentation while providing a strong technical background in patternmaking, draping, and sewing. At the junior and senior level, the program emphasizes advanced skills in garment design, customer research, product development, trend analysis and forecasting, technical design, and presentation skills while providing a strong technical background in advanced computerized patternmaking, draping, and sewing. Elective courses address advanced topics that could include construction utilizing hand tailoring methods, evaluation of construction and costing, advanced draping methods, knit and swimwear, and bridal and evening wear.

Students 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 or academic internships.

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Associate of Arts Degree Program

General Education

AA ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation I
AA BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications
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AA ENGL 1301 Composition I
AA MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I
AA PSYC 2301 Psychology I
AA SPCH 1311 Introduction to Communication

Core Curriculum

AA ARTS 1311 Design I
AA ARTS 1316 Drawing I
AA BUSI 1301 Business Principles
AA BUSI 2301 Business Law I
AA MGMT 2370 Principles of Management
AA MRKT 2370 Principles of Marketing
AA SUCC 0095 Introduction to Wade College
AA SUCC 0099 Portfolio Design and Presentation

Major Courses

AA FASH 1370 Construction
AA FASH 1371 Patternmaking
AA FASH 1372 Draping
AA INTD 1374 Introduction to Technical Design
AA FASH 1377 Fashion CAD I
AA FASH 1379 Fashion Sketching
AA FASH 2379 Fashion CAD II
AA HECO 1320 Textiles

Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts Degree Program

General Education

AA ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation I
AA BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications
AA ENGL 1301 Composition I
AA MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I
AA PSYC 2301 Psychology I
AA SPCH 1311 Introduction to Communication
BA ARTS 2303 Art Appreciation II
BA COMM 2315 Public Speaking
BA ENGL 1302 Composition II
BA MATH 1333 Contemporary Mathematics II
BA PSYC 2303 Psychology II

Core Curriculum

AA ARTS 1311 Design I
AA ARTS 1316 Drawing I
AA BUSI 1301 Business Principles
AA BUSI 2301 Business Law I
AA MGMT 2370 Principles of Management
AA MRKT 2370 Principles of Marketing
AA SUCC 0095 Introduction to Wade College
BA ARTS 1312 Design II
BA ARTS 1317 Drawing II
BA ACCT 2301 Principles of Accounting
BA BUSI 2302 Business Law II
BA BUSI 2377 Global Business
BA MRKT 2377 Branding
BA SUCC 2375 Professional Practices

Major Courses

AA FASH 1370 Construction
AA FASH 1371 Patternmaking
AA FASH 1372 Draping
AA FASH 1373 Introduction to Technical Design
AA FASH 1377 Fashion CAD I
AA FASH 1379 Fashion Sketching
AA FASH 2379 Fashion CAD II
AA HECO 1320 Textiles
BA ARTS 2376 Photographic Applications
BA ARTS 2377 Vector Graphics
BA FASH 2370 Fashion Design Studio I
BA FASH 2371 Fashion Design Studio II
BA FASH 2373 Fashion Design Studio III
BA MRKT 2375 Trend Forecasting
BA MRKT 2378 Product Development and Manufacturing
BA BGMT 1021 Project Management

Post-Associate Bachelor of Arts Degree Program

General Education

BA ARTS 2303 Art Appreciation II
BA COMM 2315 Public Speaking
BA ENGL 1302 Composition II
BA MATH 1333 Contemporary Mathematics II
BA PSYC 2303 Psychology II

Core Curriculum

BA ACCT 2301 Principles of Accounting
BA ARTS 1312 Design II
BA ARTS 1317 Drawing II
BA BUSI 2302 Business Law II
BA BUSI 2377 Global Business
BA MRKT 2377 Branding
BA INTD 3370 Professional Practices

Major Courses

BA ARTS 2376 Photographic Applications
BA ARTS 2377 Vector Graphics
BA FASH 2370 Fashion Design Studio I
BA FASH 2371 Fashion Design Studio II
BA FASH 2373 Fashion Design Studio III
BA MRKT 2375 Trend Forecasting
BA MRKT 2378 Product Development and Manufacturing
BA BGMT 1021 Project Management