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 6,390
  • Alumni involved in 11 Academy-Award Nominated Films in 2013 60+


Three Sheridan alumni receive Annie Awards

Alumni from Sheridan College’s renowned animation and film programs were honoured this weekend at the 44th annual Annie Awards in Los Angeles, California. The awards are the top prize given out by the International Animated Film Society to recognize excellence.

Design Students Unveil Exhibition in 2017 Toronto Offsite Design Festival

For the first time, this year the York University/Sheridan College Program in Design participated in the Toronto Offsite Design Festival. Inviting audiences to “Engage in the Unexpected”, the graduating class unveiled a preview of YSDN2017, the branding philosophy behind their capstone showcase.

Sheridan Animation Alumni Earn Oscar Nods

Sheridan animation alumni continue to make their mark in Hollywood during the entertainment awards season. Graduate Alan Barillaro directed the short film Piper, which has received an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film.

Art Fundamentals Professor Valerie Fulford discusses her work with Loving Vincent

Merging the iconic Impressionist style of Vincent van Gogh with the magic of animation, Loving Vincent will be the first fully painted feature film to be created. Art Fundamentals Professor Valerie Fulford discusses her experience and work as one of the painting-animators who worked on the film.

Nominees for the Golden Globes Include Films Powered by Sheridan Animation Alumni

The Golden Globe nominees have been announced, and once again, several films in the Best Animated Motion Picture category had Sheridan alumni on their creative teams.

Sheridan Student Wins Top Award at Ottawa International Animation Festival

Khoebe Magsaysay won the Via Rail Award for Best Canadian Student Film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). Magsaysay won the award for “Nihil”, a film she created during her fourth year of study in Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Animation program.

Sheridan Faculty, Students and Alumni win Multiple Awards with Craft Ontario

Since 1981, Craft Ontario has awarded their prestigious Craft Awards to recipients who have proven to be accomplished and dedicated practitioners in the field of craft and design. This year, 9 of the Craft Award winners are current/past students of Sheridan’s Craft and Design Program, and both of the nomination recipients of the Margaret Reid award are Sheridan grads.

Wild Archaeology TV Series created by Sheridan Alumni and Faculty

Exploring the untold story of the original peoples of North America, Wild Archaeology is a new documentary series broadcasting on APTN this fall. Sheridan alumni played an important part in the show’s creation. Almost every member of the documentary’s crew are Sheridan alumni, including lead producer, director and writer, Tracy German (Media Arts, 1995).

Sheridan signs historic co-development agreement with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

Sheridan College took part last week in a Commercial Signing Ceremony held in Shanghai, China, and witnessed by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of International Trade. The agreement, signed by Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, and Yang Shaolin, General Manager of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, is focused on the co-development of a new musical based on the life of Dr. Norman Bethune.

Musical Developed at Sheridan is Broadway-bound

Come From Away, originally developed and produced by Sheridan and the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), is headed to Broadway in the spring of 2017. Sheridan has built a reputation for producing music theatre graduates who go on to grace the stages of Broadway. But the College is now playing a ground-floor role in the development of a musical destined for theatre’s mecca.

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, Visual and Performing Arts

Michael is the producer of Theatre Sheridan and the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts. In 2011, he established the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan - an incubator for new musical theatre works by Canadian and international artists. His productions have earned one Dora Mavor Moore Award for excellence in Toronto theatre and six nominations. He is a 2004 graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute, Intensive Producing Program and was President of ScriptLab, a not-for-profit organization in Toronto with a commitment to the development of the works and the artists of the Canadian Musical Theatre. Michael is also President of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, chair of their Commercial Theatre Development Fund and the founder of M. Rubinoff Productions Inc.

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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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Events and Exhibitions

Material ConneXion Library

Monday – Friday: 11AM – 2PM
Monday – Thursday: 4PM – 7PM

HMC II, 4th Floor, Room B410

Sheridan's new Material ConneXion library consists of 500 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.

Beth Stuart: Artist Talk

12:30 - 1:30 PM
February 7, 2017

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

Beth Stuart works in an expanding range of media including writing, painting, ceramic, textiles, and sculptural installation. Often picking up on overlooked historical moments, characters and material techniques, she creates alternative plot points in the narrative of
modernist abstraction. Her talk will focus on the material and recent body of work, BLACKWHITEAND ALLOVER, as well as her upcoming solo exhibition at The Power Plant in 2018.

This event is presented by the Art and Art History program.

Art Fundamentals Program Faculty Exhibition

February 3 - February 17, 2017
Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 16, 1:00 - 3:00 PM.

AA Wing, Trafalgar Campus

One strength and success of the almost 50-year-old Art Fundamentals Program is the various skills, backgrounds and expertise of the outstanding faculty. This exhibition is a presentation of the personal and professional of Art Fundamentals faculty, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and two- and three-dimensional design.

Dean’s Student Council – Dean’s Student Discussion Group and Lunch

12:00 - 1:00 PM
February 23, 2017

J114, Trafalgar Campus

Calling all students!

We want to hear from you. The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design will be hosting a discussion space over lunch for students enrolled in the department to ask questions, share feedback, and stories. Come meet your Dean and Associate Deans and have your voice heard.

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Georgiana Uhlyarik: Curating Georgia O'Keefe

12:30 - 1:30 PM
March 9, 2017

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

As coordinating curator of the exhibition "Georgia O’Keeffe" and in anticipation of its final presentation at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Georgina Uhlyarik will discuss the responsibilities and strategies of the curator in negotiating the institution’s very real pressures to deliver crowds as well as offer meaningful engagement with O’Keeffe’s artistic vision and accomplishments.

This event is presented by the Art and Art History program.

Bachelor of Photography Student Exhibition

February 24 - March 10, 2017
Opening Reception:
Thursday, March 7, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

AA Wing, Trafalgar Campus

From February 24 to March 10, 2017 a selected collection of student work from the Honours Bachelor of Photography program will be on display. Featuring portraiture, industrial and architectural imagery, landscape, and commercial and product images, the exhibition showcases the outstanding work of students from the first, second, and third years of the program.

Keita Morimoto: Artist Talk

12:30 - 1:30 PM
March 16, 2017

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

Keita Morimoto is a painter working in Toronto. His practice focuses on depicting a sense of fantasy and magic within the mundane, specifically through portraiture. He is drawn to the consistent theme of realism steeped in fiction and unreality found in paintings throughout history. The presentation will focus on Morimoto's studio practice and how these themes have played a significant role in the ongoing development of his work.

This event is presented by the Art and Art History program.

Explore our Programs

Animation and Game Design

Design, Illustration and Photography

Film, TV & Journalism

Material Art and Design

Visual and Performing Arts