Wade College

1950 Stemmons Freeway Suite 2026 INFOMART 
Dallas TX 75207 

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Wade College

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Wade College
Wade College.jpg
Type Private, For-profit
Established 1962
Founder Sue Wade
President Harry Davros
Location Dallas, Texas, United States
Website Wade College

Wade College is a specialized college located in Dallas, Texas that awards both an Associate of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design. The college was founded in 1962 as Miss Wade's Fashion Merchandising College, and renamed Wade College in 1999. The college's educational program emphasizes the importance of both general education and specialized study. The school received accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 1985. The college is located in the Infomart building in Dallas.[1]

Wade College is a privately sponsored college offering associate and baccalaureate degree programs in merchandising and design. The college is a teaching institution that emphasizes specialized professional study and the liberal arts.[2]

Wade College is seeking accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and in March 2015 received candidacy status from CIDA.[3] This accreditation will enable students to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification [4] (NCIDQ) exam to become licensed interior designers in the state of Texas.


Founded by Sue Wade in 1962 with only ten students in Dallas, Texas, Wade College originally offered day and evening classes in fashion merchandising and professional modeling. In 1965, the growing institution moved from its Turtle Creek location to the Dallas Apparel Mart in the Dallas Market Center area [5] and in 1971, the curriculum shifted to full-time programs in merchandising and design. As graduates found success, the faculty expanded, and the library’s holdings increased, Wade College was granted accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in 1985.[6] Relocating again in 2004 to its current location in the Infomart which is in the heart of the Dallas Design District provides the students numerous opportunities to work the various trade events and major retail markets.

Currently, Wade College offers dual-major associate of arts and bachelor of arts degrees in merchandising and design with a range of visual arts specializations. Sue Wade continues as executive director, with Harry Davros as president and chief executive officer.

Degree programs

Notable alumni/students

  • Erin Brockovich [7] attended Wade College and graduated with an associates degree in applied arts in 1980.
  • Venny Etienne,[8] a current Wade College Bachelor’s student, is the 2015 Fashion Group International (FGI) Paris American Academy Couture Award Winner.[9] The Grand Prize is an all-expenses paid trip by FGI of Dallas [10] to study fashion design in a summer workshop at the Paris American Academy of Fashion Design and Interior Design.[11] Venny Etienne also won the Best of Sewing Award and was awarded an industrial sewing machine and placed 3rd in the Casual/Career category. The 2015 RAW artists Fashion Designer of the Year award [12] was awarded Mr. Etienne in March 2015. He has been a Wade College student since 2012, receiving his associate’s degree in May 2013.[13]

Student Organizations

  • The Merchandising and Design Student Association (MDSA) is a professional student organization which helps to broaden students’ interest and knowledge of the world of merchandising and design. MDSA provides an in-depth view of professional opportunities in the merchandising and design fields. Membership is open to all students. Each trimester, officers are elected to organize and guide the activities of the group. MDSA activities include field trips, guest speakers, special events, career building workshops, and community service efforts. Members May apply for market job opportunities, internships, and attend the annual Career Day program sponsored by Fashion Group International.
  • Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an international honor society for students enrolled in two-year programs who are invited to join. Students earning a GPA of 3.5 or above, in their first trimester, and are recommended by the faculty are eligible. Members must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have good attendance to remain a member.[14]
  • An honor society for baccalaureate-level students, Mu Kappa Tau (MKT) is 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.[15]


D & M Magazine is Wade College's print publication, published once or twice each year. Students, faculty and staff all contribute and highlight current and former students, events, and news.[16]

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