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

Highlights

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.

Sheridan grads' talents showcased at TIFF

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival brings the latest must-see films to the city. Sheridan’s grads are often a big part of the talent behind the scenes on the buzz-worthy productions, and this year is no exception. More than 30 alumni worked on films that will screen, including this year’s opening night gala documentary, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band.

Textiles faculty Amanda McCavour's solo shows and artist residency at the Toronto Public Library

Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design: Textiles faculty Amanda McCavour has an exciting fall season ahead, with two solo shows and an artist residency at the Toronto Public Library, supported by the Toronto Arts Council Artists in the Library program.

Sarah Gonyea's film makes semifinals of the Student Academy Awards

A film created by recent Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Film and Television graduate Sarah Gonyea made it to the semifinal round of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 46th annual Student Academy Awards.

Gonyea’s fourth-year Sheridan thesis film, Cosmo, was nominated by Sheridan faculty in the international documentary category. Cosmo is one of 81 films to advance for this year’s awards from more than 1,600 submitted from around the world.

The Hollywood Reporter lists Sheridan in their Top Ten Visual Effects Schools List

The Hollywood Reporter has listed Sheridan on their annual roster of the 10 best visual effects schools for our Visual Effects program.

Student work pictured: Visual effects by alum Yan Dai.

Sheridan’s Public Creativity Studio 2019

Sheridan’s Public Creativity Studio is a summer internship program that provides Sheridan students with an experiential learning experience and the opportunity to collaborate on projects that have a real impact on our campus spaces.

This year’s studio builds on the work from last summer’s Public Creativity Studio. Bachelor of Interaction Design faculty Ed Naus leads this year’s studio as the students explore wayfinding, the use of public space, and accessible design solutions at our Trafalgar campus.

Summer at Sheridan: A look into our Drawing for Animators program

Each summer, up to 260 aspiring high-school animators come to Sheridan to participate in our Drawing for Animators program. We stopped by the Animation 101 course to capture some of the magic that happens in the classroom.

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

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Ronni Rosenberg

Dean
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

The World's Best Typography Exhibition

September 19 – November 1
Library Learning Commons, C-Wing

Sheridan Library and the Sheridan Typographic Hub is pleased to again host The World’s Best Typography, the traveling annual exhibition of the Type Directors Club, at Sheridan's Trafalgar campus.

The exhibit features the winning work of the Type Director Club’s 65th Annual Communications Design and 22nd Annual Typeface Design competitions.

aniVision

Trafalgar Campus
Sheridan Gallery | AA-Wing
October 14 - 25, 2019

The aniVision exhibition 2019 is a showcase of the creative and innovative work produced by third-year students in the Honours Bachelor of Animation program at Sheridan College. Curated by Professor Tony Tarantini, the exhibition aims to entertain and educate. It illustrates the complexity of four distinct animated film pipelines: 2D, 3D, Stop Motion and Hybrid production.

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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