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.

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."

  • Alumni involved in Academy-Award Nominated Films in 2012 60+


CILECT (North America), Sheridan and TIFF organize pre-visualization conference in Toronto

CILECT (North America) Sheridan College and TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) joined forces to assemble and sponsor a two day pre-visualization conference. Leading off on Friday, February 13th at Toronto’s Bell Lightbox, the event featured guest Chris Edwards, the CEO and Founder of Hollywood’s leading pre-visualization studio “The Third Floor.” He described how filmmakers increasingly rely on digital storyboards, concept artwork and physical models to help them plan their visions.

Sheridan alumnus Mike Surrey visits Sheridan

Disney and Dreamworks Animator Mike Surrey stopped by Sheridan to generously share and spent a whole day with Animation students. In the morning he spoke with third-year students and followed that by spending the afternoon with fourth-years. Surrey took the time to view students’ group work and gave them some helpful advice in the process.

Nancy Beiman: Sheridan's AMPAS Member

As Oscar season heats up, we turned to Animation faculty member Nancy Beiman, who will cast one of the votes on the nominated entries. Nancy has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) since 1996. AMPAS members get advanced screenings of films in the Academy theatre in Los Angeles.

Lyn Carter's art piece "Bouquet" unveiled at Sheridan

With Bouquet, we are further developing and intensifying Sheridan’s art collection, with our largest acquisition to date. Its presence in the soaring atrium of the SCAET building is monumental, yet graceful—bringing delight to all who pass beneath.

About FAAD

At FAAD, we train performers, animators, filmmakers, designers and artists like you to realize the full potential of your talents. 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

Stephen Barden nominated for 2015 Canadian Screen Award

Stephen Barden (fondly known to all as “Barden”), coordinator of the Bachelor of Film and Television program at Sheridan College has been nominated for a 2015 Canadian Screen Award for Best Achievement (CSA) in Sound Editing for the film Pompeii. The CSAs will be presented at a series of week-long events, culminating in the final live broadcast gala on March 1st in Toronto. Stephen has also received many other awards in recognition for his hard work.

Picture Change, PhotoSensitive

PhotoSensitive exhibit “Picture Change” on display at Sheridan College

When: February 19th - March 12th

“Picture Change” was installed at Sheridan as part of an initiative to help bring viewers into the world of others. Many of the photographers have a vast library of images from which to choose. Some are photojournalists who have worked on national and international assignments that involve important social change. Each photograph aims to change something, sometimes something big and sometimes something small, but always significant.

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Sheridan Sun

Sheridan Sun nominated for two Ontario Community Newspaper Awards

The Sheridan Sun newspaper has been nominated for two OCNA’s (Ontario Community Newspaper Awards) for best photography and best news story. This is the first time Sheridan’s Journalism Print program has been recognized in this category, and also the first time it has been nominated. The OCNA’s are handed out to the best work by university and college newspapers outside of Toronto while honoring excellence in journalism. They are held once a year at a gala ceremony that brings together journalists, photographers, managing editors, publishers and sponsors.

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Animation and Game Design

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Film, TV & Journalism

Material Art and Design

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