Wade College's fashion design and product development students are problem-solvers and innovators who find inspiration in the world around them, have an eye for trends, and are passionate about combining creativity and craftsmanship to produce their own signature designs.

Wade College's fashion design program encourages students to experiment and create as they gain the hands-on design and industry technology skills necessary to thrive in a variety of careers in the global fashion industry. The curriculum emphasizes a strong technical foundation in construction, patternmaking, and draping alongside fashion sketching, fashion-related technology, trend analysis and forecasting, promotion, textiles, and presentation. Students learn computerized pattern making programs, and product lifecycle management software on one of the industry's most-widely used computerized pattern-making systems. Studio courses address advanced topics such as hand tailoring, evaluation of construction and costing, advanced draping, knit and swimwear, and/or bridal and evening wear.

Fashion design and product development 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, and have the opportunity to further their knowledge with opportunities to gain industry experience during markets at Dallas Market Center.


  • Apparel Designer
  • Technical Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Brand Coordinator
  • Accessories Designer
  • Product Manager


  • Fossil Group
  • Bioworld Merchandising
  • JCPenney
  • Varsity Brands
  • Pinpoint Merchandising
  • The Kasper Group


  • As a student, you'll have access to leading industry resources like WGSN and WWD.

  • You'll learn Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe inDesign, and Gemini CAD Systems.