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Fashion Design & Product Development

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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 workstations 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 and WWD. The fashion design and product development program merges today’s latest computer software with hand skills utilized in garment design and construction.

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At the freshman and sophomore associate level, the program emphasizes a strong technical skills foundation in construction, patternmaking, and draping while teaching design skills including, fashion sketching, fashion-related technology, trend analysis, promotion, textiles, 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 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. In addition, students will have the opportunity to further their knowledge with opportunities to gain industry experience during markets at Dallas Market Center.

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At the junior and senior level baccalaureate, the program emphasizes advanced skills topics in garment design, customer research, product development, trend analysis and forecasting, technical design, and presentation skills while providing a strong technical enhancing students’ skills background in advanced computerized patternmaking, draping, and sewing. Elective studio courses address advanced topics that could include construction utilizing hand tailoring methods, evaluation of construction and costing, tailoring, advanced draping methods, knit and swimwear, and/or bridal and evening wear. Communication within the industry regarding garment construction, detailing, and fabrication utilizing computer aided design programs and Yunique PLM software is a focus. Baccalaureate students receive advanced instruction in the business of fashion as they complete merchandising coursework spanning the complete product lifecycle. Advanced techniques for development of the fashion flat and fashion illustration using industry-related computer-aided design programs are also executed. Mastery of the fields of design and merchandising is demonstrated by all graduating baccalaureate-level students in a formal presentation at the Professional Portfolio Critique. 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 at the Professional Portfolio Critique.

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Associate of Arts Degree Program

General Education

AA ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation I
AA BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications
AA ENGL 1301 Composition I
AA MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I
AA PSYC 2301 Psychology I
AA SPCH 1311 Introduction to Communication

Core Curriculum

AA ARTS 1316 Drawing I
AA BUSI 1301 Business Principles
AA FASH 1379 Fashion Sketching
AA HECO 1320 Textiles
AA MGMT 2370 Principles of Management
AA MRKT 2370 Principles of Marketing
AA SUCC 0095 Career & Life Planning
AA SUCC 0099 Portfolio Design and Presentation I

Major Courses

AA DESI 1377 Fashion CAD I
AA DESI 2379 Fashion CAD II
AA FASH 1370 Construction
AA FASH 1371 Patternmaking I
AA FASH 1372 Draping
AA FASH 1373 Introduction to Technical Design
AA FASH 2380 Advanced Construction
AA FASH 2382 Patternmaking II

Direct-Entry Bachelor of Arts Degree Program

General Education

AA ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation I
AA BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications
AA ENGL 1301 Composition I
AA MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics I
AA PSYC 2301 Psychology I
AA SPCH 1311 Introduction to Communication
BA ARTS 2303 Art Appreciation II
BA COMM 2315 Public Speaking
BA ENGL 1302 Composition II
BA MATH 1333 Contemporary Mathematics II
BA PSYC 2303 Psychology II

Core Curriculum

AA ARTS 1316 Drawing I
AA BUSI 1301 Business Principles
AA FASH 1379 Fashion Sketching
AA HECO 1320 Textiles
AA MGMT 2370 Principles of Management
AA MRKT 2370 Principles of Marketing
AA SUCC 0095 Career & Life Planning
AA SUCC 0099 Portfolio Design and Presentation I
BA BUSI 2377 Global Business
BA GRPH 2347 Advanced Design Methodologies
BA MRKT 2377 Branding
BA SUCC 0199 Portfolio Design & Presentation II

Major Courses

AA DESI 1377 Fashion CAD I
AA DESI 2379 Fashion CAD II
AA FASH 1370 Construction
AA FASH 1371 Patternmaking I
AA FASH 1372 Draping
AA FASH 1373 Introduction to Technical Design
AA FASH 2380 Advanced Construction
AA FASH 2382 Patternmaking II
BA ARTS 2370 Desktop Publishing
BA ARTS 2376 Photographic Applications
BA ARTS 2377 Vector Graphics
BA ARTS 2379 Fashion History
BA FASH 2370 Fashion Design Studio I
BA FASH 2371 Fashion Design Studio II
BA FASH 2384 Collection Development
BA MRKT 1370 Fundamentals of the Product Lifecycle
BA MRKT 1377 Fundamentals of Digital and Social Media Marketing
BA MRKT 2373 Introduction to E-Commerce
BA MRKT 2375 Trend Forecasting
BA MRKT 2378 Product Development and Manufacturing

Post-Associate Bachelor of Arts Degree Program

General Education

BA ARTS 2303 Art Appreciation II
BA COMM 2315 Public Speaking
BA ENGL 1302 Composition II
BA MATH 1333 Contemporary Mathematics II
BA PSYC 2303 Psychology II

Core Curriculum

BA ARTS 1312 Design II
BA ARTS 1317 Drawing II
BA BUSI 2377 Global Business
BA GRPH 2374 Advanced Design Methodologies
BA MRKT 2377 Branding
BA SUCC 0199 Portfolio Design & Presentation II

Major Courses

BA ARTS 2376 Photographic Applications
BA ARTS 2377 Vector Graphics
BA ARTS 2379 Fashion History
BA FASH 2372 Advanced Patternmaking
BA FASH 2374 Tailoring & Advanced Draping
BA FASH 2378 Knit & Swimwear Studio
BA FASH 2379 Evening & Bridal Studio
BA FASH 2384 Collection Development
BA MRKT 2375 Trend Forecasting
BA MRKT 2378 Product Development and Manufacturing