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 graduate and renowned animator wins Premier's Award

Oscar-nominated director and Sheridan alumnus Dean DeBlois (Animation ’90) has won a Premier’s Award in the Creative Arts and Design category. The awards, which celebrate the achievements of Ontario’s college graduates, were handed out during a gala in Toronto on December 2.

Pixar's Kristen Lester visits Sheridan

This month, Kristen Lester (Animation '04) returned to campus to share her insights with a group of Animation students – budding animators in the midst of finding their storytelling voices looking for their place in the industry.

Along with imparting advice and critiquing portfolios, Lester, who is developing her own Pixar feature, gave students a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like working at the company.

Six alumni vie for Ontario Premier's Awards

An Oscar-nominated film director, an up-and-coming leader in the gaming world, entrepreneurs, innovators, and advocates for women and children all make up Sheridan’s cohort of nominees for the 2019 Premier’s Awards.

Six Sheridan graduates will be celebrated at the awards’ gala in Toronto on Dec. 2, including award-winning animator Dean DeBlois (Animation ’90) and Meagan Byrne (Bachelor of Game Design ’17), who is this year’s Recent Graduate nominee.

Sheridan Welcomes Alumni Behind Netflix Series Delhi Crime

Award-winning director and Sheridan alumnus, Richie Mehta, returned to campus on October 17 for a two-hour screening and talk.

Mehta (Advanced Film and Television ’02) and his fellow alumnus and creative partner Steven Bray (Media Arts ’02), spoke to students and screened the pilot episode of Delhi Crime, a crime-drama series The Hindustan Times calls "gut-wrenching, stylishly directed and passionately performed.”

Blown Away Stars Take to the Stage and Studio at Sheridan College

In October, an enthusiastic audience filled the theatre at Sheridan’s Oakville campus to take in a lively panel discussion featuring Deborah Czeresko and Alexander Rosenberg, respective winner and 3rd place finalist of the Netflix reality series Blown Away.

The panel discussion was followed by individual glassblowing demos by both Blown Away artists, as attendees crowded into the Glass Studio to capture a view of the artists at work.

Historic sculpture unveiled in Vatican City has ties to Sheridan

For the first time in 400 years, a sculpture has been installed on the grounds of St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City and was unveiled at a ceremony on September 29 – World Day for Migrants and Refugees. The bronzed, life-size sculpture by Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz is symbolic of the refugee crisis and was modeled for by Oakville resident and Sheridan College life drawing model Edward Czuchnicki.

At Sheridan, Czuchnicki models for various art classes with life and character drawing requirements. Much of the stand-out work that’s featured in the glass displays in Sheridan’s halls bear his likeness. Students are evidently impacted by his work.

Ottawa International Animation Festival draws talent to Canada’s capital including films by Sheridan students and alumni

Six Sheridan students and five alumni films screened at the 43rd annual Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) from September 25 to 29, 2019.

The Sheridan-affiliated filmmakers and artists involved in this year’s selections studied in various arts programs including Honours Bachelor of Animation, Honours Bachelor of Illustration, Honours Bachelor of Arts – Art and Art History and Media Arts.

Work-in-Process on display at HMC

Work-In-Process, the newly completed, multi-faceted installation is now on display at Sheridan’s HMC campus in the B-Wing’s second-floor Creativity Commons. The work is intended to represent the many facets of creativity at Sheridan. On September 25, it had its official opening alongside the Creative Campus Galleries exhibition of Ground: Pathways for Connection in a Contemporary World.

Designed by FAAD professors Claire Ironside and Doug Donald, Work-In-Process was built from acrylic, steel, wood, and aluminum and supported by staff, students and faculty from across the College’s three campuses as well as industry partner, Canon Canada Inc.

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 the 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 its top 25 International Animation School Rankings for 2019 with Sheridan in first place worldwide.

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

Siliceous Cousins

November 25 - December 6, 2019
Sheridan AA Gallery | Trafalgar Campus

Siliceous Cousins is an exhibition of work from the Glass and Ceramics studios at Sheridan College. This exhibition includes a diverse selection of work by students in years one through four in the Bachelor of Craft and Design program.

The Alcuin Awards Show

November 11 - December 13
Trafalgar Library Learning Commons

The Sheridan Library and the Sheridan Typographic Hub are proud to host the Alcuin Society 37th annual Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. As the only national competition for book design in Canada, the awards recognize and celebrate fine book design in this country.

On display are the 35 winning titles, across nine categories—including Illustrated Prose, Comics, Non-Fiction, and Limited Editions—all chosen by this year’s judges Raphaël Daudelin, Frances Hunter, and Mauve Pagé.

This exhibit is free and open to the public daily.

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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