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Through the integration of diverse disciplines in art, design, business, merchandising, computers, and the liberal arts, the Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Merchandising and Design reach beyond specialized professional skills to a broader spectrum of knowledge.

The Associate of Arts degree requires a minimum of 60 semester credit hours for degree completion. Students can specialize in one of the fields of fashion designinterior designmerchandise marketing and management, or visual communication, Full-time students can graduate 16 months after entering the Associate of Arts degree program. The program prepares graduates for entry into creative and business fields.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of the Associate of Arts degree plus 60 semester credit hours at the baccalaureate level for a total of 120 semester credit hours. Students can specialize in either fashion designinterior designmerchandise marketing and management, or visual communication.

The curriculum promotes a well-rounded perspective of the world in general and the fields of merchandising and design in particular.

Wade College is a specialized college that offers dual major associate and bachelor degrees in merchandising and design. The educational program emphasizes the importance of both general education and specialized study. General education in fine art, humanities, social science, behavioral science, mathematics, and other subjects helps students prepare for careers in the visual fields while also helping them to broaden their perspectives. Complemented by the design and merchandising programs at the college, courses in general studies help students develop the analytical, written, mathematical, communication, business, and presentation skills necessary to bridge their specialized fields of study with the demands of the larger world of business and industry. Specialized study in fashion design, interior design, and merchandise marketing and management, and visual communication helps students develop the professional skills required to advance in their career fields.

Class sizes at Wade College are small. Individual attention to students is prized. This allows professors to emphasize maximum student participation while promoting an active student/professor relationship. The professional credentials of the faculty and the diversity of the student body promote exposure to and appreciation of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. In addition, comprehensive student services are offered in the areas of financial services, career planning and services, student workshops, clubs and activities, and academic advising. Student needs are given high priority.

One of the key objectives of the college is to render its graduates with credentials suitable for immediate employment and rapid advancement. To that end, Wade College selects a faculty with the academic credentials and work-related experience to provide quality education. They represent the college's sincere commitment to student success. Moreover, the curriculum is constantly reexamined and revised to ensure students receive current and meaningful instruction, and the location of the college within the Dallas Market Center offers students the opportunity to witness and become a part of the merchandising and design industries while they are still in school.

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