Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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 Animation program, we offer you a solid education across the creative spectrum.

  • Programs 32
  • Students 6,852
  • Number of Oscar winning alumni 6

Highlights

Summer Arts Institute

These creative workshops are designed for the life-long learners within the community who are looking for hands-on innovative workshops. In collaboration with the Faculty of Arts, Animation, and Design, these shorts course and workshops are designed to inspire your creative side.

Animation Grad Domee Shi Directs latest Pixar Short, Bao

The eight-minute film is billed as Pixar’s longest-running short, and Shi (Animation '11) is notably the first female director to helm a Pixar short film.

Illustration Class of 2018 | The Market Sticker Pack

The Illustration Class of 2018 has created a free iMessage sticker pack to commemorate their graduating exhibition, The Market. Download it today on the Apple App Store.

Game Design Students Win Best Overall Prize at Level Up Showcase

Oddbird Studio, a team of 4th-year students from the Bachelor of Game Design program, won the Best Overall category for their game, Super Random Heroes, at the Level Up Student Showcase recently held in Toronto.

Canadian Music Theatre Project to debut four new musicals in 2018

Michael Rubinoff, Producing Artistic Director of Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), is proud to announce the lineup of new musicals that will be workshopped in September by Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Class of 2019.

Student Showcase Unveiled

Sheridan College and SSU are proud to announce the first instalment of the Sheridan Student Showcase. You will find a unique collection of work in B-Wing on Trafalgar campus from our talented students.

Female Alumni in the Film and Television Industry

In the wake of International Women’s Day, students in the Honours Bachelor of Film and Television program were treated to an evening of insight, anecdotes and advice from four accomplished female alumni at a special Sheridan event. Organized by the Sheridan Women in Film and Television (SWIFT) club, a student-led organization, the event built off the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day – #pressforprogress.

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 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 accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, or to use their nomenclature for non-U.S. Institutions—we are “substantially equivalent.” Sheridan is only the second institution in Canada to receive this prestigious accreditation. Animation Career Review released their top 100 international Animation school rankings with Sheridan in third place worldwide. The review said of Sheridan "This is one of the most respected schools in the world by students and other schools alike."

Our Faculty

Dean, Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Ronni Rosenberg taught for a number of years in the York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design where she pursued her interest in developing the language, education, and literacy of the built environment. In 2007, she was invited to join the administrative team of the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design, and in 2010, she assumed the role of Dean. Ronni has served as a board member for arts organizations such as Oakville Galleries and the Toronto Public Art Commission. She also worked with the North York Board of Education to develop an inter-disciplinary architectural curriculum for secondary schools. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and is a Registered Graphic Designer of Ontario. She has contributed towards numerous organizations and publications such as AIGA Journal and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and Jerusalem Report.

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Associate Dean, Design, Illustration & Photography

Donna Braggins oversees Sheridan's Design, Illustration, Photography, Interaction Design and Web Design programs. She has previously served as art director of Maclean’s and Canadian Business magazines and president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. Currently, she serves on the board of the Registered Graphic Designers and the Curriculum Committee of Magazines Canada. Her work has won widespread recognition, with many national and international awards including the National Magazine Awards Foundation, as well as a Certificate of Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club. During her tenure at Canadian Business magazine, the publication was honoured twice as Magazine of the Year in its circulation category by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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Associate Dean, Film, Television & Journalism

Maija Saari is the Associate Dean for the Department of Film, Television and Journalism, leading media professional practice programs in Film, Journalism, Public Relations, Media Foundations and Makeup for Media and Creative Arts. She is a passionate educator with a deep interest in how rapidly changing technology is affecting media practice and professional identity. Through the course of teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels in university and college settings, Maija ultimately specialized her educational practice upon the intersection between theory and practice in professional practice curriculum. Maija brings over 20 years of teaching, scholarship, academic leadership and professional industry practice to her portfolio. She joined Sheridan as an Associate Dean in August 2014.

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Associate Dean, Animation and Game Design

Angela is the Associate Dean of the Department of Animation and Game Design which includes programs such as Bachelor of Animation, Bachelor of Game Design, Computer Animation, Character Animation, Visual Effects, Music Composition for Stage & Visual Media (MASSIVE) and Game Level Design. With over twenty years of experience in animation, film and digital media education at the post-secondary level, Angela is a champion of the excellence in arts education. She studied in three countries, achieving a BA from Brock University, a MA from State University of New York at Buffalo, and a PhD from the University of Bristol. She has been at Sheridan College since August 2003. She is committed to fostering partnerships between the Faculty, the industry, cultural institutions, and domestic and international colleges and universities.

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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. Upon graduation from CIA, Heather practiced design at several Toronto firms before establishing her own graphic design consultancy. A few of her corporate clients included Marks and Spencer, Hudson’s Bay Company, Simpson’s, Fabergé and Corporate Foods among many others. She has consulted on design education for the Design Exchange in Toronto and presently sits on the Design Advisory Committee for Harbourfront.

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Acting Associate Dean, Visual and 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". Mary Jane was published in “Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments,” and has presented her papers on Universal Design in England and the USA.

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Events and Exhibitions

Arts Festival Events

Looking for our year-end exhibitions and events?

Visit our Arts Festival webpage for a full list of grad shows, award ceremonies and screenings as they become available.














Material ConneXion Library

Visit the Material ConneXion website for library hours.

Location:
HMC II, 4th Floor, Room B410

Sheridan's new Material ConneXion library consists of 1,000 innovative, future-forward materials sourced from around the world. Curated from the extensive juried collection in the New York flagship Library, the collection will give Sheridan students a creative edge and unique exposure to what’s new and upcoming in the design world.

Creative Campus Galleries

Visit the Creative Campus Galleries' website for gallery hours.

Location:
Hazel McCallion Campus, B234

Inaugurated in Fall 2016, the Creative Campus Galleries are a critical component of Sheridan’s Institute for Creativity and Creative Campus, which mobilizes creative engagement and brings together people, disciplines and departments to make creativity a cornerstone of Sheridan’s institutional identity and its pedagogical approach. The Galleries have multiple display and exhibition locations across Sheridan’s campuses, including a 2000 sq ft gallery at Mississauga’s Hazel McCallion Campus.

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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