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Activities & Organizations

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.

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Student Organizations

Wade College Student Association

The Wade College Student Association (WCSA) is a professional student organization which helps to broaden students’ interest and knowledge of the world of merchandising, design, and technology. WCSA provides an in-depth view of exciting professional opportunities in the merchandising, design, and technology fields. Membership is open to all students interested in fashion design and product development, interior design, merchandise marketing and management, and visual communication. Each trimester, officers are elected to organize and guide the activities of the group. WCSA takes learning beyond the classroom through organized activities, such as field trips, guest speakers, special events, career-building workshops, and community service efforts. In addition, members are eligible to apply for market job opportunities, internships, and attend the annual Fashion Group International Scholarship Competition. Any student wishing to join must take an active role in the group’s activities, abide by the set guidelines and procedures of the group, and be in good academic and financial standing with the college.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an international honor society that students enrolled in an associate degree program are invited to join. Any student who earns a GPA of 3.5 or above after completing at least 12 credit hours of course work and is recommended by the faculty may be invited. In addition, members must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have good attendance to remain a member.

Mu Kappa Tau

Mu Kappa Tau (MKT) is an honor society for any baccalaureate-level students dedicated to recognizing excellence in the field of marketing. MKT is a national organization whose mission is to recognize the scholarship, achievement, and professional development of marketing students committed to the advancement of marketing education and the integrity of careers in marketing. MKT welcomes the top 10% of the junior class and the top 20% of the senior class with a minimum CGPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.

Wade College DMI 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.


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.

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.

Charitable Organizations


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.

Attitudes and Attire

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.

Dwell with Dignity

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.

Professional Growth Opportunities

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.

Professional Associations and Organizations

Student involvement in professional associations and organizations can be a valuable source of professional development opportunities such as up-to-date industry standards, conferences, leadership experience, scholarships, information on internships or job opportunities, and networking with professionals within the field. Below are industry associations and organizations with local chapters.

  • AIGA- American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • AMA - American Marketing Association
  • ASID - American Society of Interior Designers
  • CompTIA AITP - Association of IT Professionals
  • DSVC - The Dallas Society of Visual Communications
  • FGI - The Fashion Group International, Inc.
  • IDS - Interior Design Society
  • IIDA - International Interior Design Association
  • NEWH - The Hospitality Industry Network


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.

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.

International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Competition

Each year, interior design students from around the world submit design projects solving residential and commercial problems by submitting a digital presentation board and floor plans. The winning design projects will be selected by a jury of design professionals. Submissions are judged on excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, and function as well as the suitability of the design solution to the project challenge and the successful integration of the elements of design.

Dallas Society of Visual Communications Show

The Dallas show is the leading juried competition and awards show for professionals in the southwest, seeking to recognize and honor the region’s top creative work in advertising, design, interactive, illustration, and photography. Students submit work to the he emerging creative category is open to all creatives, regardless of age or previous professional experience, who are in the first 5 years of their creative career.

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.

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 Student Association hosts the Wade College Holiday Bazaar. Students sell homemade foods, crafts, and artwork to Wade College shoppers.