Student Activities

Wade College offers a number of beneficial and stimulating activities aimed at increasing student involvement in the college, enhancing individual development, promoting desirable social interactions, providing recreational activities, and preparing skills for professional development.

Accessible Luxury

Accessible Luxury is a fashion-focused event benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Created to celebrate Dallas retailers, this event brings together individuals with luxurious tastes in a vibrant atmosphere while supporting a worthy cause. Guests look forward to an interactive evening with a unique selection of activities throughout the evening involving fashion, automobiles, and cuisine. Wade College students work with event producer to stage the venue and produce the fashion show.

Dallas Society of Visual Communications

The DSVC has grown to become one of the largest independent graphic design clubs of its kind. Along the way it has continually sought to elevate the standards of the visual communications industry and promote the value that creative professionals add to commerce and the community at-large. Wade College students participate in monthly guest lectures and other events and design competitions throughout the year.


Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA/Dallas) raises funds for organizations that aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing preventative education programs, treatment and direct care services for people living with/impacted by HIV/AIS. DIFFA/Dallas hosts multiple events throughout the season including Burgers & Burgundy, DIFFA/Dallas Wreath Collection and House of DIFFA. Wade College students serve as front of house and back of house support for all DIFFA events.

International Interior Design Association

The IIDA strives to create a niche for the most talented and visionary interior design professionals, to elevate the profession to the level it warrants. Students participate in national conference and award show ceremonies.

Wade College Professional Portfolio Critique

Practicing presentation and interview skills is an important component of a student’s success in preparation for professional experiences in his or her chosen industry. The Professional Portfolio Critique (PPC), held at the close of each trimester, is an exciting time during which selected candidates for graduation can present and display the skills they have developed at Wade College during their course of studies. The PPC consists of each student presenting his or her portfolio to a professional industry panel, who will then offer valuable verbal and written feedback. The panel evaluates each student’s portfolio and presentation based on overall organization, knowledge of the concentration, communication skills and professionalism, enthusiasm and energy, readiness for a professional interview, and greatest strengths and weaknesses.

Wade College External Advisory Council

Demonstrating strong research and writing skills and business acumen is an important component of a student’s success in preparation for professional experiences in his or her chosen industry. The External Advisory Council (EAC) is a valuable opportunity during which students in the baccalaureate degree program submit a completed business plan to be evaluated by an independent, third-party industry expert, who will offer valuable written feedback. The panel evaluates each student’s business plan based on the viability of each business model, completion of applicable research, organization, attention to detail, and the readiness of graduates for employment or self-employment.

Pin Show

Wade College students participate in Dallas' largest and premiere independent runway fashion event, showcasing over 25 independent designers from around the country at Dallas' Union Station. The Pin Show was founded by independent designers Rachel Nichelson and Julie McCullough Kim in 2007 to provide all emerging fashion industry designers, photographers, artists, stylists, and retail buyers a profound launching platform for independent work in the fashion industry. Wade College students volunteer backstage and attend the event.

Fashion Group International Scholarship Competition

Every April, Wade College students participate in the country’s largest career event of its kind. Nearly 1,200 students and faculty attend annually. The program provides career opportunities and insights; hands-on access to companies offering internships and entry-level jobs; interaction with industry leaders, mentors and role models; and most importantly, merchandising and design competitions with cash awards and scholarships. Wade College students participate in presentations by keynote speakers and other seminars and networking opportunities.

Little Black Dress Competition

Every May, Wade College students participate in the production of Little Black Dress Designer Competition. Established in 2008 at a prestigious art gallery in Houston, Little Black Dress Designer (LBDD) has grown into a state-wide competition platform for fashion students and emerging designers. The 2014 challenge was to submit a version of the iconic Little Black Dress to win part of a $30,000 scholarship fund. Financial aid is just the tip of the needle, however. Little Black Dress Designer is so special and relevant today because it threads together the academic and professional worlds of fashion in a unique way. Professional designers, luxury retailers and the fashion media elite make up our roster of judges who decide the scholarship winners every year. 


Wade College students participate in Artopia, an upscale celebration of Dallas art. It incorporates food, drink, art, music, theater, and fashion into one evening with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the MasterMind Awards. The Dallas Observer awards upcoming individuals or small organizations that have made an impact in the local art community. The winners are featured in a special pullout section of the Dallas Observer and honored at the event. Wade College has been the official college sponsor of the event and students have the opportunity to assist in producing the event, designing the interior space for the event, and coordinating the fashion show.

Fashion and Lifestyle Awards

Every November, Wade College students participate in the production of the largest fashion, hard goods, interior design, retailing, and art event in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the Fashion and Lifestyle Awards. This black tie gala puts the spotlight on outstanding individuals and companies for their achievements in the fashion and lifestyle-related fields. The Dallas Trade Mart Grand Pavilion is transformed into a glamorous, intimate setting where guests enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, a fashion show produced by Jan Strimple spotlighting Dallas’ design talent, silent auction, and presentation of awards to the honorees. Wade College students have opportunities to volunteer and attend the high profile event.

Wade College D & M Magazine

Wade College publishes a newsletter several times a calendar year. Contributions are made by faculty, staff, and individual students and student organizations. Articles range from events and activities that occur on campus to spotlights of past alumni. 

Field Trips

There are various course-related activities that take place outside the classroom and the college. Some of these activities displace regularly scheduled classes, and some are voluntary extracurricular activities. Students are required to provide their own transportation to field trip locations. Students who provide car pool assistance to fellow students should be certain they have adequate insurance coverage. All students who participate in a field trip are required to complete a release form to assure their understanding of the conditions established for such a trip.

Wade Holiday Bazaar

To help get ready for the holiday season, the Wade College Merchandising and Design Student Association hosts the Wade College Holiday Bazaar. Students sell homemade foods, crafts, and artwork to Wade College shoppers. Students donate 10% of their profits to the Student Organizations fund.

Community Service

Wade College students have been volunteering for Attitudes and Attire for over ten years. The Dallas-based non-profit agency promotes personal growth for women seeking self-sufficiency. Clients of the agency are typically single moms who have experienced financial difficulty, abuse, addiction, and/or generational poverty. Attitudes and Attire offers tools and programs to help their clients build self esteem, promote ethics, and assist them in re-entering the workforce. Wade College students offer much needed support to the organization through volunteering. Volunteer opportunities range from sorting donated items, assisting clients with styling advice, visual merchandising for the Attitudes and Attire boutique, and assisting with various events such as the annual Kim Dawson Attitude Award Fashion Show and Luncheon. For more information on volunteer opportunities contact the Merchandising and Design Student Association.

Students also have the opportunity to volunteer with Dwell with Dignity, a non-profit group of Interior Designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. They provide and install home interiors for families that include furnishings and art, bedding and kitchen supplies, and food in the pantry. Dwell with Dignity’s mission is to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design, one household at a time.

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