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."

Our 2015 FAAD Graduate stories


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Bachelor of Animation's 2D film "Overcast" selected as part of Air Canada's enRoute Film Festival

Ten third-year Bachelor of Animation students will have their 2D film featured as part of enRoute Air Canada’s film festival. The four minute film “Overcast” tells the story of how two kids get caught in a storm as two clouds battle in the sky for their attention. The film was a group effort by students Crystal Cheung, Carly Dziob, Omar Elhindi, Siwei Jiang, Francois Jeun, Olga Kim, Ju Hwan Lee, Robbet Naranjo, Steve Walker and Tim Yan. They were mentored by Jim Caswell. Their music was composed by Canadian musicians Iain Howie and Andrew Bennett.

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky win this year’s Temporary Contemporary award

The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design is pleased to announce this year’s winning Temporary Contemporary art installation project. Titled “Museum of Broken Watches,” artists Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky will install a unique public clock in the form of a glass-fronted case holding 720 donated analog wristwatches.

There will be a public lecture and pizza lunch on September 15th, with pizza at noon and the lecture at 12:30 in MacDonald Heaslip theatre.

Nancy Beiman’s second edition of “Animated Performance” set for December release

Bachelor of Animation professor Nancy Beiman’s second edition of her book Animated Performance will be published by Bloomsbury Press on December 3rd. The new edition will feature contributions from Sheridan Animation graduates Rebecca Liu, Samuel Ma, Ami Thompson and many current students. Beiman announced the news on her Facebook page where she also revealed an image of the advance copy being sent to Sheridan on August 26th.

Shanghai theatre students team up with Sheridan to create musical

Five interns from Sheridan’s Music Theatre program are currently working with five international Music Theatre Performance students from STA (Shanghai’s Theatre Academy) school to create a new musical for the CMTP (Canadian Musical Theatre Project). The musical is called Star Stuck, with music and lyrics by Kevin Wong, and book by Marty Chan. They will be work-shopping it until next Friday, July 24th.

Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design teams up with Mohawk College for unique Aboriginal skateboard project

In collaboration with Mohawk college, the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design just concluded their latest Aboriginal Pathfinder Project. The Project Pathfinder program is intended to provide aboriginal high school students an opportunity to experience college life. During the first week in July, our Faculty ran a skateboard project in the Furniture studio led by faculty member Connie Chisholm.

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.

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

Donate an old analog watch to the "Musem of Broken Watches" - this year's Temporary Contemporary art installation by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky

The Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design need your broken or unwanted analog watches. Your unwanted or broken watch should have intact hour and minute hands. It does not need to have the band or glass front, but it's great if it does. The watch can be automatic, wind up, Quartz or battery-powered. We cannot use digital (LCD/LED) watches.

The Museum of Broken Watches is a temporary art installation that will be on view at Sheridan College over the course of the 2015-16 academic year.

When: You can donate starting from September 15th to October 22nd at the Animation, Arts and Design office (A100) during all office hours.

Sheridan's 2015 Orientation Day

Starting at Sheridan in September 2015? Please plan to join us for your orientation – orientation is focused on you and your needs as a new student.

It is a great opportunity to:

- meet your new classmates & current students
- learn more about your program & courses from your faculty
- find out what to expect in your first year at Sheridan
- get informed about campus services and resources
- ask your questions

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015

Sheridan’s emerging presence at Fan Expo Canada

Sheridan College will have a significant presence at Toronto’s 21st Annual Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention centre, which begins tomorrow and lasts until Sunday September 6th. The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design will have three booths with seven programs including Advanced Special Effects Makeup Prosthetics and Props, Makeup for Media and Creative Arts, Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events, Bachelor of Game Design, Bachelor of Animation, Bachelor of Film and TV and Advanced Television and Film.

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Animation and Game Design

Design, Illustration and Photography

Film, TV & Journalism

Material Art and Design

Visual and Performing Arts


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