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Fashion Design and Product Development Programs Description

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. Students also gain an awareness of the aesthetics of fashion design. In addition, students learn Gerber’s Yunique PLM product lifecycle management software, and digital patternmaking on the Accumark system, one of the industry’s most-widely used computerized pattern-making systems. Each trimester, graduating fashion design students at the associate-degree level design and present a finished collection at the Wade College Professional Portfolio Critique. Presentation skills are judged by a panel of faculty members and industry professionals that selects a best collection. Students also 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.

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. Communication within the industry regarding garment construction, detailing, and fabrication utilizing Yunique PLM software is a focus. Advanced techniques for development of the fashion flat and fashion illustration using industry-related computer-aided design programs are also executed. Students gain an awareness of the aesthetics of fashion design by designing a collection from inspiration in each studio course and completing it with a finished garment and formal presentation to the External Advisory Committee.

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Associate of Arts Degree Program

General Education
AAARTS 1301Art Appreciation I
AABCIS 1305Business Computer Applications
AAENGL 1301Composition I
AAMATH 1332Contemporary Mathematics I
AAPSYC 2301Psychology I
AASPCH 1311Introduction to Communication
Core Curriculum
AAARTS 1311Design I
AAARTS 1316Drawing I
AABUSI 1301Business Principles
AABUSI 2301Business Law I
AAMGMT 2370Principles of Management
AAMRKT 2370Principles of Marketing
AASUCC 0095Introduction to Wade College
AASUCC 0099Portfolio Design and Presentation
Major Courses
AAFASH 1370Construction
AAFASH 1371Patternmaking
AAFASH 1372Draping
AAINTD 1374Introduction to Technical Design
AAFASH 1377Fashion CAD I
AAFASH 1379Fashion Sketching
AAFASH 2379Fashion CAD II
AAHECO 1320Textiles

Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts Degree Program

General Education
AAARTS 1301Art Appreciation I
AABCIS 1305Business Computer Applications
AAENGL 1301Composition I
AAMATH 1332Contemporary Mathematics I
AAPSYC 2301Psychology I
AASPCH 1311Introduction to Communication
BAARTS 2303Art Appreciation II
BACOMM 2315Public Speaking
BAENGL 1302Composition II
BAMATH 1333Contemporary Mathematics II
BAPSYC 2303Psychology II
Core Curriculum
AAARTS 1311Design I
AAARTS 1316Drawing I
AABUSI 1301Business Principles
AABUSI 2301Business Law I
AAMGMT 2370Principles of Management
AAMRKT 2370Principles of Marketing
AASUCC 0095Introduction to Wade College
BAARTS 1312Design II
BAARTS 1317Drawing II
BAACCT 2301Principles of Accounting
BABUSI 2302Business Law II
BABUSI 2377Global Business
BAMRKT 2377Branding
BASUCC 2375Professional Practices
Major Courses
AAFASH 1370Construction
AAFASH 1371Patternmaking
AAFASH 1372Draping
AAFASH 1373Introduction to Technical Design
AAFASH 1377Fashion CAD I
AAFASH 1379Fashion Sketching
AAFASH 2379Fashion CAD II
AAHECO 1320Textiles
BAARTS 2376Photographic Applications
BAARTS 2377Vector Graphics
BAFASH 2370Fashion Design Studio I
BAFASH 2371Fashion Design Studio II
BAFASH 2373Fashion Design Studio III
BAMRKT 2375Trend Forecasting
BAMRKT 2378Product Development and Manufacturing
BABGMT 1021Project Management

Post-Associate Bachelor of Arts Degree Program

General Education
BAARTS 2303Art Appreciation II
BACOMM 2315Public Speakings
BAENGL 1302Composition II
BAMATH 1333Contemporary Mathematics II
BAPSYC 2303Psychology II
Core Curriculum
BAACCT 2301Principles of Accounting
BAARTS 1312Design II
BAARTS 1317Drawing II
BABUSI 2302Business Law II
BABUSI 2377Global Business
BAMRKT 2377Branding
BAINTD 3370Professional Practices
Major Courses
BAARTS 2376Photographic Applications
BAARTS 2377Vector Graphics
BAFASH 2370Fashion Design Studio I
BAFASH 2371Fashion Design Studio II
BAFASH 2373Fashion Design Studio III
BAMRKT 2375Trend Forecasting
BAMRKT 2378Product Development and Manufacturing
BABGMT 1021Project Management
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