About the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design (FAAD) is Canada’s largest art school.

Internationally recognized for our outstanding programs, we offer you a solid education across the creative spectrum.


  • Programs 36
  • Full-Time Students 5,570
  • Alumni nominated for Emmys 30
  • Alumni nominated for Oscars 19
  • Oscar winning alumni 7


Team of Sheridan students win Annie Award for animation excellence

A team of 11 Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Animation students has won an Annie Award for Best Student Film for their third-year group project, The Fox & The Pigeon. The Fox & The Pigeon was created and developed by the OOV Studios team of Michelle Chua, Aileen Dewhurst, Sharon Gabriella, Viktor Ivanovski, Sang Lee, Tyler Pacana, Kevin Sung, Morgan Thompson, Chelsea van Tol, Matt Walton, and Steven Wang.

The 47th annual Annie Awards, which were presented Saturday on the campus of the University of California-Los Angeles, recognize excellence in animation in the screen industries. Presented by the Hollywood chapter of the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA), this year’s awards attracted 1,900 entries from across the world. Other nominees for Best Student Film came from schools in the United States, Germany, and France.

Temporary Contemporary installed in Trafalgar Library

The 2019-2020 Temporary Contemporary program invited proposals from artists and designers across Canada to envision and implement a public site-specific installation at the Trafalgar Campus in Oakville. Artists were encouraged to propose works that considered the unique Trafalgar Campus community and respond to its history and surrounding natural landscape. The chosen artwork, Indeterminate Growth, is now on display in the Trafalgar Library.

Indeterminate Growth engages with Oakville’s local histories by exploring the contemporary relationship between nature and technology. To create this site-specific installation, artists Sam Cotter and Fraser McCallum worked in the Faculty of Animation, Arts, and Design’s furniture studio at Sheridan’s Trafalgar Campus, as well as in the Davis Campus’ School of Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship.

Golden Globe-nominated films powered by Sheridan alumni

Sheridan grads played a role in all five films nominated for Best Animated Motion Picture at the 77th Golden Globes, along with projects in the running for Best Picture – Drama, Best Picture – Comedy/Music and Best Series – Drama.

Sheridan Students Sweep Game Design Category at Ubisoft’s Future Women in Games Initiative

Ubisoft Future Women in Games, a new program to attract and develop emerging talent that reflects the diversity of society and aims to create inclusive games, was launched by the world-renowned game studio in the fall of 2019. Rising above the more than 40 applicants in Game Design are three Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Game Design students who swept the category: Jaylin Grierson, Eve Leveille, and Jensen Verlaan.

Sheridan graduate and renowned animator wins Premier's Award

Oscar-nominated director and Sheridan alumnus Dean DeBlois (Animation ’90) has won a Premier’s Award in the Creative Arts and Design category. The awards, which celebrate the achievements of Ontario’s college graduates, were handed out during a gala in Toronto on December 2.

Pixar's Kristen Lester visits Sheridan

This month, Kristen Lester (Animation '04) returned to campus to share her insights with a group of Animation students – budding animators in the midst of finding their storytelling voices looking for their place in the industry.

Along with imparting advice and critiquing portfolios, Lester, who is developing her own Pixar feature, gave students a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like working at the company.

About FAAD

At FAAD, we train performers, animators, filmmakers, designers, and artists like you to realize your full potential. You come here for the challenge of being different — and to make a difference — through your creative explorations.

Our renowned faculty members come from the industry, which means you receive a professionally relevant education that also makes you highly employable in your field. FAAD also gives you the chance to learn the latest technologies and offers opportunities to collaborate with students from other disciplines and faculties for a balanced education.

As a FAAD graduate, you leave with a rare combination of artistic talent, professionalism, and technical sophistication. You’ll be poised for success — and prepared to make your creativity a force for change.

The arts and design programs in our faculty are considered to be substantially equivalent according to the standards of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Animation Career Review released its top 25 International Animation School Rankings for 2019 with Sheridan in first place worldwide.

Our Leadership


Ronni Rosenberg

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Ronni Rosenberg completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in art and art history. After receiving an MFA in photography and printmaking from Pratt institute, she accepted a position in the Fine Art Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook to design and develop the photography and printmaking studios in their newly constructed facility. 

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Maija Saari

Associate Dean
Film, Television & Journalism

Maija Saari is the Associate Dean for the Department of Film, Television and Journalism in the Faculty of Animation, Art and Design. Maija is responsible for a cluster of eight programs, including Media Fundamentals, Media Arts, Advanced Television and Film, Journalism-Print, Journalism-Broadcast, Journalism-New Media, Corporate Communications and Makeup for Media and Creative Arts.

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Heather Whitton

Heather Whitton

Associate Dean
Material Arts & Design

Heather Whitton was appointed Associate Dean in the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design in 2007.  She provides academic leadership for the following programs: Bachelor of Interior Design, Bachelor of Craft and Design (Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Textiles and Industrial Design), Visual & Creative Arts diploma and advanced diploma, Interior Decorating diploma, Visual Merchandising Arts diploma and Art Fundamentals certificate.

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Donna Braggins - Associate Dean of the Department of Design, Illustration and Photography at Sheridan College

Donna Braggins

Associate Dean
Design, Illustration & Photography

Donna Braggins is Associate Dean at Sheridan College, responsible for 5 programs including Design, Illustration, Photography, Interaction Design and Web Design. She has previously served as art director of Maclean’s and Canadian Business magazines and president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

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Mary Jane Carroll

Mary Jane Caroll

Associate Dean 
Visual & Performing Arts

Mary Jane owned and operated her own interior design firm for 10 years with clients such as Cooper Corporation and Quorum Funding Corporation. Most recently, she developed a specialized post-diploma program at Sheridan called "Aging in Place Design Specialist".

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Catherine Tamas

Acting Associate Dean
Animation & Game Design

Catharine Tamas, faculty in BFTV and Journalism programs, is the Acting Associate Dean of Animation and Game Design until the end of April 2020. 
Catharine has taught full time at Sheridan since 2007. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media (Ryerson University, 2013) and an Honours Bachelor of Journalism Degree (Carleton University, 1984). Before her teaching career, Catharine worked for over two decades in the television industry, beginning with CTV National News in Ottawa.

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Events and Exhibitions

Art HiveRnation

Wednesday, Feb. 19
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Trafalgar Library Learning Commons

Drop-in at the Art Hive to relax and mingle while making things with recycled, repurposed, and upcycled materials. Supplies are provided. Come by for a few minutes or stay the entire time!

Spring Open House

Saturday, April 4
10 am - 1pm
All campuses

Explore our campuses, meet some of our people, learn about our programs, and find your fit at Spring Open House.

Explore our Programs

Animation and Game Design

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Design, Illustration and Photography

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Film, TV & Journalism

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Material Art and Design

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Visual and Performing Arts

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