2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design ChallengeThe Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge celebrates excellence in interior design by students in both residential and commercial categories.

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

The contest gives away prizes for two categories: residential design and commercial design.

  • FIRST PLACE in each category: $2500 cash prize and a feature in STIR magazine
  • SECOND PLACE in each category: $1000 cash prize
  • THIRD PLACE in each category: $500 cash prize
  • Two Facebook Fan Favorite winners (one in each category) will receive a $100 Sherwin-Williams Gift Card.
  • $1000 will be awarded to the design school the first place winners attend.


Or set your phone reminder—the contest dates are as follows:

February 1-March 15: Contest open for entries
April 5-April 12: Facebook Fan Favorite judging
May 2018: Winners announced

For more contest details, go to 2018 Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge

PhotoChallenge 2017: The best photo wins U$6000 and still helps a feminist NGO

image-photochallengeLooking for the best image to represent this movement, Jak&Jil (a Mucca.co) is promoting the PhotoChallenge 2017 – a college competition that will award the best photo and will even help one of the NGO supporters. Don’t miss out!

Entries for PhotoChallenge 2017 is already open. The photographic challenge is intended for all university students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate courses.

This year, the contest topic is Girl Power. The prize is US$6000. $3000 goes to the winner and $300 will be donated to an NGO.

It’s up to the winner of the contest to choose one of the participating NGOs to make the donation. They will be displayed on the challenge page.

Entry must be done until 11/30/2017 on this page: http://www.jakandjil.com/photochallenge2017

Visiting the contest official website it’s possible to check all the information: jakandjil.com/photochallenge2017

Safe Driving Tips for All

Preparation And Awareness Lay The Groundwork For Success


Teen drivers are in more automobile accidents than other groups of drivers, and their inexperience behind the wheel is oftentimes the cause. There are numerous tips for safe driving that are available to teens, but these tidbits are great for drivers of all ages to consider and put into use. What are some of the best ways to stay safe on the road?

Drivers of any age can be compromised by distractions while on the road.

As the DMV site notes, teen drivers are more likely to end up in car accidents than any other age group of drivers. The chances of joining this group can be dropped significantly by learning and abiding by some basic, common sense safe driving tips that really apply across the board whether one is experienced or not. One of the most important tips to follow is to minimize the distractions that are in the mix while on the road. Texting, cell phone usage, or having children or pets in the car all can contribute to taking a driver’s focus off of the road and accidents can often follow.

Many people, teens especially, tend to think that they can text and drive safely, but the research shows otherwise. In fact, studies have shown that using a phone while driving is equally as dangerous as being intoxicated while driving. As for the idea of being safe by using a hands-free device, the statistics indicate that this is still a major problem. Many states have prohibited the use of a cellphone while driving, and other states are likely set to follow suit soon.

Preparing prior to getting on the road is key to driving safely.

Of course, it is not always possible to drive without any distractions, especially when there are young children in the mix of things. AAA notes that it is important to ensure that both kids and pets are properly secured before heading off in the car and if one of them does need help or attention, it is best to pull off of the road before attending to them. Ensuring that children have activities, snacks, or whatever else might help them stay quiet and occupied can be a big help as well.

Other basic safe driving tips include taking the time before setting off to hit the road to make sure that everything with the vehicle is functioning properly and that the driver is prepared for getting behind the wheel. This means not only ensuring that the car is in prime drivable shape, with working turn signals, headlights, and with plenty of gas in the car, but that the driver is sober and well-rested as well.

Driving while impaired, whether that be due to alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medications, can cause chaos on the road even if the usage prior to getting into the car was minimal. Drowsy driving is another significant issue, so safe driving means being rested before hitting the road.

Careless and reckless driving can be minimized by staying vigilant.

Once on the road, it is important to adhere to safe driving behaviors, and being aware of what others drivers are doing is key as well. As the Auto Insurance Center notes, a high number of fatal crashes occur each year because of reckless or careless driving.

Reckless or careless driving behaviors can include things like not staying in the right lane or yielding properly, turning improperly, overcorrecting, and driving on the wrong side of the road. Drivers who not only focus to ensure they do not make these mistakes, but who stay focused to watch for others who are causing these issues as well can feel more confident that they will be able to stay safe while on the road.

One small misstep when driving can lead to significant consequences, so it is imperative that drivers be attentive and prepared when getting behind the wheel. Whether a driver is inexperienced or seasoned, following safe driving tips like eliminating distractions, being aware of surrounding drivers, and being prepared for the trip ahead can make all the difference in arriving safely at the desired destination.

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Thank You, Job Fair Employers!

job fair_SU16_3A special “Thank You!” to our valued Employers in the Dallas / Fort Worth area for sharing your job opportunities at our SUMMER 2016 JOB FAIR: American Girl Boutique & Bistro, Armani Exchange A|X, ArtLoveMagic, Chico’s, Clotheshorse Anonymous, Colletta Showroom, Culture Hype, LIZNA, Meesh + Mary Boutique, The Limited, and Winter Lennon!

The Office of Career Services has been hearing from many students who are already in the interviewing process as a result of Wade College’s Job Fair. If you found an opportunity at our event, we would love to hear about it!

If you are a Wade College student or alumni, and missed our triannual Job Fair, please check out their job opportunities and many others on our online job board WADE CAREER CONNECTION.

Our next Job Fair will be in October 2016.

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Gain Experience Through Internships

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More employers expect college students to have experience for entry-level industry-related positions. Students often ask how they can get experience if they do not have experience yet. Through internships! There are many benefits for students to have an internship or two while in school. Students are able to:

  • Get their foot in the door of the company and the industry.
  • “Test the waters” and learn about a particular part of the industry before committing to a specific career path.
  • Build their network and gain valuable industry contacts. Networking is the number one way to land interviews and eventually jobs.
  • Gain a better understanding of how their coursework applies to their career interests. Also, they can improve their academics because they are able to apply their course knowledge to their internships.
  • Build their confidence about entering the industry.

Internships are a perfect stepping stones to a full-time job in the industry and the launch of their career.  Because internships are for a short-term duration, students can do multiple internships during their time in college. Ultimately, students who have prior internship experiences are more desirable and marketable to prospective Employers.

Wade College students are able to view current internships and other multiple job opportunities on Wade Career Connection, the college’s online student job board.  A sample of available internships include:

  • Fashion design intern for Tinsley Radix, a custom fashion brand of women’s apparel, with their flagship storefront and design studio located nearby Wade College
  • Talent agency intern for On Set Management, an agency representing behind the scenes talent for commercial photo shoots
  • Product development Intern for Arteriors Home, a wholesaler of Lighting, Accessories, & Furniture

The Office of Career Services welcomes students to meet and further discuss internship opportunities, as well as other types of positions.  Students can get assistance with additional job search resources, resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing, career advice, and more!

A Library for the Creative Industries

009Wade College library specializes in collections that support the programs taught at Wade College:  fashion design, interior design, graphic design, merchandise marketing, merchandise management, and visual communications.  Our collection is focused on our curriculum and provides resources standard college and public libraries do not.

In addition to the print collection of over 8,000 books, the library provides access to an additional 42,600 titles via ebrary, an electronic library that is accessible via  the Internet—on computers or tablets, on and off-campus.  The Wade College library also maintains an extensive periodical collection with over 160 hard-copy titles, many of which are also available online.  Recent additions to the print collection include:  Anatomy of a Trend, Career Opportunities in the Fashion Industry, Materials for Interior Environments, and LogoLounge 9.  Many of the periodicals in the collection are trade publications, meaning that they are only available to those who are working professionals in that career.  Students at Wade College, however, have access to these before they graduate, giving them a headstart!  Titles in the periodical collection include:  WWD (former Women’s Wear Daily), ArtForum, Dallas Business Journal, and California Apparel News.

The Wade College library also maintains subscriptions to numerous electronic research and informational databases.  These include:  LexisNexis Academic, ProQuest Entrepreneurship, WGSN, Encyclopaedia Britannica Academic, WWD.com (online), and BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine).  Of particular note is WGSN, standing for Worth Global Style Network, this online resource provides information on the latest trends in the fashion and lifestyle industries. This site’s primary focus is on the fashion, design, ap006parel, style, and retail industries, with intersecting developments in consumer behavior, economic conditions, and the environment. WGSN also furnishes career information; interviews with top-level buyers, fashion show information, worldwide events, and four million browsable images. Wade College is proud to be able to provide this and other notable resources to our students.


Tuition Hero

Tuition Hero

Did you know Wade College is a “Tuition Hero”? How do you be a hero, you may ask? As http://tuitionheroes.com/ noticed, we keep our annual tuition growth rate at less than 2.5%.
Wade College is more affordable than many other larger universities but with a greater focus on personalized attention – and you get to go straight into your major on day one!
Did you know we offer a fixed tuition rate that won’t change as you complete your degree on time?
Did you know we offer an all-inclusive tuition that won’t put stress on you to afford all of your books, iPad and supplies necessary to complete your coursework?
Did you know that the college offers many scholarship awards that reward students for academic accomplishment and for completing our programs on time?
Come visit us to get a clearer perspective on what makes us so different. Call 214.637.3530 or email admissions@wadecollege.edu to set up a visit.

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Alumni Spotlight: Isi Gonzalez, Graphic Design

Wade College Alumni, Graphic Design 2013Meet Isi, Wade College Graphic Design Alumni who works with Digital Imaging for Fossil Group headquartered in Richardson, Texas.

Describe a typical work day:

I coordinate photo studio activities all throughout the process for brands such as Fossil, Burberry, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, Armani, DKNY, Diesel, Adidas, Skagen. I create and update visual guides, handle imagery quality control to be the final source of imagery for the company worldwide, production, and retouching support for the team. I maintain close contact with all brands that Fossil Group serves. Also, I have worked on really exciting projects and launches such as the most recent Tory Burch watch launch where I had the chance to see her literally 10 feet away from me!

Why did you choose Wade College?

Wade was the best option as far as the professors’ teaching methods, how well connected the school is to the industry, infinite intern and volunteer opportunities, support from professors and peers to continue working towards your degree, and best of all, the incredible support to be ready for the real world!

How did education at Wade College help prepare you for your career?

From the smallest thing such as be in class on time, to how to carry yourself and be yourself at the same time, the concentration towards building a portfolio, and the support to start in the industry with volunteering, Wade helped me jump start my career.

What advice do you have for students beginning their careers in your profession?

Educate yourself. You’re already in school, but that it’s not enough. Get involved in local industry associations such as DSVC, go to seminars, conferences, volunteer, and enter design contests. Explore your creativity in and out of the classroom. Try and fail, but keep trying. Explore every single branch of your industry before committing to one.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

In general, being where I am with a Bachelor’s in marketing, an Associate’s in graphic design, working on my Master’s, working for Fossil, freelancing, and being part of this awesome industry!

Quote that you live by:

There is so many!!! In general, “My life is constantly under construction, there is always something to improve.” But one of the ones that drive me everyday is: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when know better, do better” by Maya Angelou and “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”

Fashion Merchandising

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Fashion Merchandising

Being a fashion merchandiser — isn’t that the ‘job’ that makes apparel look pretty on the mannequins in retail? Today, a merchandiser must be well versed in their own business’ protocol as well their competitors. A career in merchandising involves a concrete knowledge of the manufacturing process, and how to buy, promote, and ultimately sell fashion goods / services. Additionally, a fashion merchandiser knows great details about the textiles process, from fiber type to fabrication techniques best for any particular fabric.

The necessary skill sets required for such a rewarding, fast paced career as a fashion merchandiser may be achieved by understanding trend forecasting, having an acute analytical ability, and being able to effectively communicate. While more scientific than fortune telling, fashion merchandising jobs do have a forecasting element. In order to improve your accuracy, you’ll need a thorough knowledge of past fashion trends and an awareness of current industry developments. A good sense of style obviously helps you; however, you must also determine how things fit into a budget and whether they meet the functional needs of consumers. Other criteria may also influence your fashion merchandising decisions, so you will need to be able to analyze a complex set of issues and stand behind your choices. From negotiating with manufacturers to getting your marketing message out to customers, there is ample opportunity to exercise your powers of communication in the fashion merchandising field (Description of Fashion, n.d.).

Source: Description of Fashion Merchandising Jobs. (n.d.). All Art Schools.
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Job Fair Jump Start

March 2014 Job Fair copyLast month, Wade College welcomed to the fall 2014 trimester a large, new group of first term students, as well as our continuing students. Wade College students quickly grow accustomed to a wide variety of industry opportunities at Wade College, beginning in their very first trimester. These opportunities range from one-day volunteer opportunities at industry events to short-term and long-term internships and paid work opportunities, to permanent placement in career-related, full-time positions with notable DFW-area companies.

The start of a trimester can bring students anxiety from trying to find a job, whether it’s to help pay for school or to gain the necessary work experience to ready a resume for a full-time career in fashion, interior or graphic design. Career Services at Wade College gave students a jump-start with their job search by bringing employers on-campus through our fall 2014 job fair. Employers and their representatives included Terry Costa, Dillard’s, Michael Kors, LOFT, The Army & Airforce Exchange, The Limited, Sunglass Hut, and ZURI Furniture. Job opportunities presented included part-time jobs, full-time jobs, and internships. Students from all levels and concentrations attended, dressed for success, with polished resumes in-hand. They had the opportunity to network with employers and learn about job opportunities that they each offered. Employers were impressed with the preparedness and professionalism of our students, each making a good first impression. Many students received scheduled interviews and, to top it all, several of them landed the JOB shortly after!

Job fairs are a one-stop shop. They are part of the job search resources offered by the Career Services department for Wade College students to meet one-on-one with employers at one time and at a convenient location on-campus. All in all, it was a success, especially when students become employed in positions that not only help pay their bills, but also enable them to gain industry experience while pursuing their studies! We are fortunate to have such a stellar Career Services department with tremendous industry connections at Wade College!