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 37
  • Full-Time Students 5,522
  • Alumni nominated for Emmys 24
  • Alumni nominated for Oscars 18
  • Oscar winning alumni 7


Sheridan College Ranks as number one Animation school in the World

Sheridan is the top animation school in the world, according to Animation Career Review’s 2019 rankings of the top international animation colleges in the world, excluding the U.S.

Animation Career Review considered more than 160 institutions outside of the U.S. and conducted its analysis by assessing academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of program, and value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness.

Animation alumnus Eddie West wins Daytime Creative Arts Emmy

Sheridan Bachelor of Animation alumnus Eddie West (’11) has received a Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award for the popular animated children’s television series, Ask the StoryBots.

The 46th Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, honouring the craft behind American daytime television programming, took place on May 3 in Los Angeles.

Theatre Sheridan: "On the Town" Dinosaur Project

For those of you who've seen the Theatre Sheridan production of On the Town, the enormous dinosaur bones on stage could not have escaped your attention!

Read the untold story of how students in our Technical Production program: Fletcher Evans, Izzy Heim, and Meaghan Hofer, were responsible for working with our set designers to build these behemoth bones.

Sheridan Animation grad Domee Shi wins Oscar for Bao

Winners of the 91st Academy Awards, which recognize excellence in cinematic achievements, were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday (Feb. 24). Along with Bao, over one-dozen animation alumni were part of the team that worked on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which took home the award for Best Animated Feature.

Seventeen Sheridan alumni take Canadian Screen Awards

An impressive 17 Sheridan alumni were recognized at the Canadian Screen Awards on March 31, 2019 in Toronto.

Grads won across 11 categories, with Michael Fukushima (Animation ’85) winning in two categories: Best Animated Short for Animal Behaviour, and Best Virtual Reality Game for Museum of Symmetry.

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 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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Angela Stukator

Associate Dean
Animation & Game Design

Angela 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.

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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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Events and Exhibitions

CollectiveEYEdentity Exhibit and Art Hive

Date: May 15, 2019
Time: 11am - 2pm
Location: Trafalgar Library Learning Commons

The Trafalgar Library Learning Commons is pleased to host the collectiveEYEdentity exhibit, curated by Professor Susan Beniston. This special exhibit will be on display from May 10th to August 15, 2019. To open the exhibit, the Sheridan community is invited to engage in an Art Hive on May 15th that reflects the theme of the show.

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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