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 6,563
  • Number of Oscar winning alumni 6


Sheridan's Marc Richard is first-ever college professor named to the 3M National Teaching Fellowship

Dr. Marc Richard, Coordinator of Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program, has been named one of ten new Fellows welcomed into the 3M National Teaching Fellowship by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). He is the first college professor to be accorded this honour.

Sheridan Student Film Wins Best Animated Student Short at 2018 TIFF Top Ten Festival

A film by Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Animation students was awarded Best Animated Student Short at TIFF’s Top Ten Film Festival. The winning film, Quarters, was created by FIG House, a team of nine fourth-year Sheridan animation students.

Sheridan 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 currently seeking submissions from students for the inaugural unveiling of 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.

Sheridan Alumni Receive Nominations at 2018 Academy Awards

Sheridan Alumni worked on four of the five films nominated for best animated feature film, and on all of the films nominated for best visual effects.

Sheridan Alumni Earn Nods at Annie Awards

Alumni from Sheridan College’s renowned Animation and Arts programs have been nominated for the 45th annual Annie Awards. This year’s nominations come as Sheridan gets ready to mark 50 years of its Animation programs in 2018.

Sheridan Alumni Help Hit Shows Garner Golden Globe Nominations

Alumni and faculty have played a role in the success of many of the films and television shows up for the top awards at this year's Golden Globe Nominations.

Sheridan's Michael Rubinoff Among Canadian Club of Toronto's Canadians of the Year

Michael Rubinoff, Producer of the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) at Sheridan, was named one of the Canadian Club of Toronto’s Canadians of the Year, along with Come From Away creators Irene Sankoff and David Hein. The trio were honoured for their work on Come From Away, originally developed and produced by Sheridan College and the CMTP.

Sheridan Alumni Rack Up 2018 Canadian Screen Award Nominations

Alumni received nearly 40 nominations for Canadian Screen Awards (CSA), continuing Sheridan’s record of success. Since the CSAs were introduced in 2013, more than 160 alumni have been nominated.

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.

Art Hive at Trafalgar Library

11:00 PM - 3:00 PM
March 29 and April 2, 2018

Library, Trafalgar Campus

Join us at Trafalgar Library to experience the transformative power of shared creativity at Sheridan’s Art Hive. Art Fundamentals Professor, Susan Beniston, will guide participants’ creative adventures with art materials in a community of students, faculty, and staff.

Project Project 8

March 18 – April 1, 2018

Sheridan Gallery, AA-Wing, Trafalgar Campus

Project Project 8 features a survey of work by Art and Art History students in first and second year. The exhibition showcases student work from the six discipline streams: drawing, painting, print media, photography, design and sculpture/installation. Program Faculty chose a first- and a second-year assignment from each of the six disciplines to display. The exhibition includes a number of student responses to each of the selected assignments and an explanation of the assignments.

Material ConneXion Library

Visit the Material ConneXion website for library hours.

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.

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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