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 5,841
  • Number of Oscar winning alumni 6

Highlights

Jon Klassen Jon Klassen named to the Order of Canada

A 2005 graduate of Sheridan’s Animation program, award-winning children’s author and illustrator Jon Klassen is among the 105 individuals to have been appointed to the Order of Canada on June 29.

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.

Two Sheridan Student Documentaries to Air on CBC's Absolutely Toronto

Sheridan is excited to announce that two documentaries by Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Film and Television (BFTV) students have been licensed to air on CBC’s Absolutely Toronto.

Craft and Design Furniture Students Join Inaugural Unveiling of Mississauga Cultural Hub

In their third year, Sheridan Craft and Design Furniture students participate in a capstone community project that is organized and facilitated by Codesign.

Illustration Grad Ramón Pérez Discusses how he got into Comics and working for Marvel

Illustration Grad Ramón Pérez Discusses how he got into Comics and working for Marvel. Watch him bring the Marvel character Malekith to life on a new episode of Marvel Quickdraw!

Music Theatre Grad Takes the Stage at Stratford Festival

Kimberly-Ann Truong (Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance ’15) returns home to Canada to perform in The Music Man and The Rocky Horror Show at the Stratford Festival.

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.

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 considered to be substantially equivalent according to the standards of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. 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 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. While at Stony Brook, she was an active lecturer in those programs, while also widely exhibiting her work in public and private galleries. As of August 2018, Ronni Rosenberg assumes the newly created position of Campus Principal for the Trafalgar campus for the coming year.

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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

Accomplished arts administrator, manager, professor and researcher, Angela Stukator has over twenty years of experience in animation, film and digital media education at the post-secondary level. 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 and brings her expertise in digital and interactive media, film studies, journalism, game design, and animation to the position. 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, Digital Creature - Technical Direction, Visual Effects and Game Level Design.

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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

New Student Orientation

Orientation is designed to assist you in your transition to Sheridan and prepare you for success. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us!

You've got an exciting journey ahead of you. We can't wait to meet you!

Student Showcase

Looking to promote your Etsy store? Show off a recent creation? Or raise awareness about your project? We want to help you leave your mark on our Creative Campus.

Sheridan College and the Sheridan Student Union (SSU) are routinely seeking submissions from students for the Student Showcase program – a new, exciting, initiative devoted to showcasing student projects, selling your artwork, and promoting crowdfunding campaigns in the Trafalgar Campus B wing display cases.

Work in Progress

How do you imagine a public artwork that connects conceptually to its intended location and communicates shared values of creativity and collaboration both in process and form?

Work in Progress is a response to this question proposed for the second-floor Creativity Commons in Hazel McCallion Campus B-Wing. Led by faculty members Douglas Donald and Claire Ironside, students, faculty and staff from across Sheridan’s campuses worked together to develop and test the concept. This exhibition invites you to go behind the scenes of the development of the Work in Progress proposal to learn about the overall concept and the questions, challenges and solutions recommended by its team in response to community feedback.

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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