From a guaranteed, fixed tuition, to experienced faculty from industry, Wade College is THE college to study merchandising and design in Dallas. A three-year, accelerated degree, with an all-inclusive tuition that covers every book and supply, leads to high graduation rates and successful career outcomes. Join us in our laboratory environment inside the largest data center in Texas and next door to the largest wholesale trade center in the world.
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Plan Your Future
Wade students can speed up the academic process and earn their associate degree in 16 months. The associate degree programs require 60 semester credit hours for degree completion.
Wade students can earn their bachelor degree in as little as 32 months. The bachelor degree programs require 120 semester credit hours for degree completion.
All necessary course materials, which may include, but not limited to, textbooks, e-books, course-specific software, consumable classroom supplies, and printing costs necessary to meet minimum course requirements, which include portfolio production, are included at no additional cost to the student. Tuition rates do not include: the costs of the application and graduation fees; costs for fees required for participating in optional extracurricular activities, such as student organizations and activities; or costs for laptops, desktops, sewing machines, drafting tables, furniture and fixtures, and other long-lived tangible assets.
Guaranteed Fixed Tuition ensures that students will not encounter rate increases in the first four consecutive trimesters of their associate degree program, in the first eight consecutive trimesters of their direct-entry bachelor degree program, or in the first four consecutive trimesters of their post-associate bachelor degree program.
Wade College offers various tuition rebates through the Financial Services Department to help support students in meeting their educational goals.
Wade College employs experienced full-time and part-time faculty members to support its mission and the integrity of its degree programs. The college assesses each professor's overall qualifications, including academic credentials, teaching, and industry-related work experience, to ensure that all team members meet the required competence and capacity necessary for instructional effectiveness
Wade College hosts a fashion design studio, an interior design studio, an art studio and two computer laboratories, including one dedicated to visual communications, complete with servers and hardware.
The average professor to student ratio is approximately 13:1. At Wade College, students have more opportunities to ask questions, contribute to discussions, and collaborate with their professors.
Wade College administration will ensure that all students are provided with the appropriate support and guidance to address a wide range of academic and personal matters.
Connect to Industry
Wade College is located in the heart of the merchandising and design industries, in the Dallas INFOMART. This is the largest data center in Texas and the world's first and only information processing marketing center.
Wade students have access to The Dallas Market Center, a 6.9 million square-foot complex consisting of four buildings. The complex consists of the Trade Mart, Market Hall, the International Trade Plaza, and the World Trade Center. There are over 200,000 visitors to the Trade Center each year.
Wade College is proximate to the Dallas Design District, a community compromised of restaurants, design firms, showrooms, and art galleries.
Graduating students from the associate and bachelor degree programs of design and merchandising are given the opportunity to create a professional portfolio showcasing the work they have done while enrolled at Wade College. Eligible graduating students present their portfolios to a panel of industry professionals at the Professional Portfolio Critique for additional preparation for real-world presentations, feedback, and employment
Wade students are encouraged to gain meaningful work experience while pursuing their studies. Whether through academically-eligible field experience or part-time industry work, Wade students utilize various forms of field experience to build their career paths, often opening the doors to permanent positions upon graduation.
College Central Network, a web-based career management system, is offered exclusively to Wade College students and alumni. College Central Network allows registered students and alumni to access core career services offerings, apply to jobs, track their job search progress, and much more.
The success of a college can easily be measured by the success of its alumni. Wade College's employers include Allied Stone, AlphaGraphics, Andra Group, Bioworld Merchandising, BuddyLove, Fossil, Gensler, Lowe’s, Neiman Marcus, NexGen Lighting Solutions, Nordstrom, Texas Motion Sports, VLK Architects, and more.