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 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.

Game Design students shine at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco

The annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California is the world’s largest professional game industry event. A contingent of students were among the attendees at this year’s GDC from March 19 to 22, showcasing their work and representing Sheridan on an international stage.

Connect Bench from Sheridan's Public Creativity Studio installed in SCAET

Connect is now in our SCAET Building at the Trafalgar Campus.

This bench is called Connect and it is designed to meet the needs of the Sheridan community by employing durable materials, thoughtful design, and compliance with all building and fire codes. Connect (2018) was made in Sheridan's Public Creativity Studio by Sheridan students Melissa Merante (designer), Rima Sarhan, Katlin Walsh and Erisen Xu (fabrication team).

Temporary Contemporary 2019 Call for Submissions

Sheridan College invites artists and designers from across Canada to submit proposals for its annual Temporary Contemporary public art installation.
The 2019-2020 Temporary Contemporary program will be installed at Sheridan’s Trafalgar Campus in Oakville.

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.

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.

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

Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition 2019

Exhibition: April 17–May 18, 2019
Opening Reception and Awards: April 17, 2019
from 6pm - 8pm
Location: University of Toronto Art Centre

The University of Toronto Shelley Peterson Student Art Exhibition is an annual exhibition celebrating the diverse artistic excellence of visual studies undergraduate students from all three campuses and will feature several Art & Art History students this year.

The nineteen emerging artists rethink conceptual and material boundaries through risk-taking and playfulness of form. The exhibition considers themes of surveillance, cultural construction, and fantasy.

Ceramics Graduate Exhibition: You Know What I Mean

Works by graduating Ceramics students in Sheridan’s Bachelor of Craft and Design program will be on exhibition at the Gardiner Museum.

Exhibition: April 10 - April 21, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, April 12, 2019
from 6 pm - 9 pm

Animation Industry Day 2019

Our Industry Day event showcases the talents of our graduating classes from the Honours Bachelor of Animation, Computer Animation, Digital Creature Animation and Visual Effects programs. This event is meant for invited industry guests only and is not open to the public.

Date: April 25-26, 2019
Time: 10am - 5pm
Location: Trafalgar Campus

FUSION: Sheridan Web Design Grad Show

Graduates of the Sheridan Web Design program showcase their engaging work at FUSION —the fusion of research, design, and development.

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 5pm - 7:30pm
Location: 579 Richmond St W, Suite 301, (Hosted by Creative Niche) in Toronto, Ontario

Honours Bachelor of Interaction Design Graduate Show

The graduating class of Sheridan's Interaction Design program proudly presents their graduate showcase at FreshBooks.
*Invitation only, please see IXD website for details.

Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Location: 1655 Dupont St #250, Toronto, ON

Bachelor of Crafts and Design: Glass Graduate Exhibition

A graduating showcase by our final-year Honours Bachelor of Craft & Design Glass students.

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 28
from 1pm - 4 pm
Location: Sandra Ainsley Gallery, 100 Sunrise Ave, North York, Ontario

Honours Bachelor of Photography Graduate Show

Viewed through the lens of the graduating class, this exhibition showcases diverse perceptions of the conceptual, technical, and aesthetic possibilities of photography as a professional medium. In collaboration with curator Rachel Wine, Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Photography program proudly presents the graduating class of 2019.

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Time: 5:30pm - 10pm
Location: The Burroughes Building, 639 Queen Street W. Toronto, Ontario

Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design Graduate Show

A graduating student exhibition featuring work from all disciplines in our Honours Bachelor of Craft & Design program will be displayed in our AA Gallery and Photo Studio.

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 5pm - 7pm
Location: Sheridan AA Gallery, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario

Visual and Creative Arts Graduate Show

Visit The Marquee (located on Sheridan's Trafalgar campus) for a graduate show and awards ceremony for our Visual and Creative Arts students. The awards ceremony begins at 7pm.

Date: Friday, April 25, 2019
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Location: The Marquee, 1430 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville, ON.

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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