About the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

The Faculty of Animation, Arts & 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. The art and design programs in our Faculty are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In their nomenclature for non-U.S. institutions, our programs are "substantially equivalent."


One of Our Current Installations


 2015 Temporary Contemporary Art Installation "Museum of Broken Watches"


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Sheridan College: Open House 2015

Sheridan College held an Open House on Saturday, November 14th at the Trafalgar Campus. The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design (FAAD) also held a Portfolio Review which saw lines quickly fill up with interested applicants. Faculty from our high demand programs, such as Bachelor of Design, Interior Design, Crafts and Design, Animation, Illustration, Photography, and Game Design were on hand to review portfolios to applicants and provide them with valuable input.

Sheridan's new Art Acquisition program

Sheridan’s Public Creativity group – part of the Institute for Creativity – is seeking to purchase art works from any Sheridan faculty, staff or student or alumnus in order to build our collection. Acquisitions will be based on recommendations of a peer assessment committee made up of faculty, administrators, and an external curator, critic, artist or museum director.

FAAD's 2016 Livestreaming Contest

Last year, Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design, in collaboration with Sheridan’s Institute for Creativity, put out a call for students to propose projects and installations that would enhance outdoor spaces on campus. “Livestreaming” is a reference to the streams that flow through the Trafalgar Campus. Students were invited to work individually or in teams and to collaborate across programs or Faculties in order to develop installation concepts for this project.

Sheridan College: Applied Arts Expo 2015

Sheridan College was one of the 20 leading art colleges to participate in the sixth annual Applied Arts Expo – also known as the Creative Schools Expo – intended for high school students interested in Art programs across Canada. The two day event took place on at the Ontario Science Centre from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 17th to Wednesday, November 18th and is Canada’s only career fair for the visual communications sector.

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.

Our Faculty

Ronni Rosenberg

Ronni Rosenberg

Dean, Faculty of Animation, Arts and 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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Angela Stukator

Associate Dean, Animation and 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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Maija Saari

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

Donna Braggins

Associate Dean, Design, Illustration and 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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Michael Rubinoff

Michael Rubinoff

Associate Dean, Visual & Performing Arts

Michael Rubinoff earned a B.A. in political science and an LL.B. (Valedictorian) from the University of Western Ontario (“UWO”). While at UWO he served on the university’s Board of Governors and two terms as Legal Society President. In 1997, on a platform highlighting post secondary school issues, he ran for Member of Parliament in the riding of London North Centre and was one of the youngest candidates in the country.

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Heather Whitton

Heather Whitton

Associate Dean, Material Art and 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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FAAD News and Events

FAAD Portfolio Day 2015

Sheridan College will host a portfolio day on Saturday, November 21st, 2015 intended for students seeking pathways to other Sheridan programs. The target group will primarily draw from Visual and Creative Arts, Art Fundamentals and Media Fundamentals students.

When: Saturday, November 21st 2015

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sheridan Illustration alumni wins Society of Illustrators silver medal

Bachelor of Illustration faculty member and Sheridan alumni – Peter Ryan – was awarded a Silver Medal in Editorial Illustration by the Society of Illustrators of New York for his piece “Christians in the City”. The artwork will be included in an exhibition of winning images at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City between February 3-27, 2016.

Visual and Creative Arts Faculty Exhibition

When: November 27th - December 11th, 2015

See the eclectic range of work on display by Visual and Creative Arts Program faculty who are practicing contemporary artists, designers and sculptors.

Opening reception will be held on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm

Donate an old analog watch to the "Museum of Broken Watches" - this year's Temporary Contemporary art installation by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky

The Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design need your broken or unwanted analog watches. Your unwanted or broken watch should have intact hour and minute hands. It does not need to have the band or glass front, but it's great if it does. The watch can be automatic, wind up, Quartz or battery-powered. We cannot use digital (LCD/LED) watches.

The Museum of Broken Watches is a temporary art installation that will be on view at Sheridan College over the course of the 2015-16 academic year.

When: You can donate starting from September 15th to October 22nd at the Animation, Arts and Design office (A100) during all office hours.

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Animation and Game Design

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Film, TV & Journalism

Material Art and Design

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