Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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.

  • Programs 32
  • Students 6,390
  • Alumni involved in 11 Academy-Award Nominated Films in 2013 60+


Sheridan Student Wins Top Award at Ottawa International Animation Festival

Khoebe Magsaysay won the Via Rail Award for Best Canadian Student Film at the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF). Magsaysay won the award for “Nihil”, a film she created during her fourth year of study in Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Animation program.

Sheridan Faculty, Students and Alumni win Multiple Awards with Craft Ontario

Since 1981, Craft Ontario has awarded their prestigious Craft Awards to recipients who have proven to be accomplished and dedicated practitioners in the field of craft and design. This year, 9 of the Craft Award winners are current/past students of Sheridan’s Craft and Design Program, and both of the nomination recipients of the Margaret Reid award are Sheridan grads.

Sheridan Bachelor Programs Study Abroad in Italy

Earlier this year, 26 students from Bachelors programs in Illustration, Animation, Photography, Interior Design and Craft & Design participated in a unique study abroad opportunity in Italy. Currently on view in the A wing Showcase hallway is the process and production of their amazing efforts.

Sheridan’s Indigenous Youth Skateboard Summer Workshop

In the summer of 2016, the Faculty of Animation, Art & Design partnered with Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support to create a skateboard workshop for First Nations high school youth. Students created skateboards in our furniture studio, designed t-shirts with our Illustration faculty and transferred their artwork onto fabric in our textiles department.

Computer Animation Grad Wins Award at the 10th Annual Toronto Urban Film Festival

Congratulations to Computer Animation grad Eunsoo Ahn on winning Best Comedy at the 10th Annual Toronto Urban Film Festival for their short film Dare to Dream. Dare to Dream was written and created during Eunsoo's time at Sheridan under the supervision of faculty members Noel Hooper, Mark Palowich, James Sayers, and Mark Simon.

Theatre Sheridan's 2016-2017 Season

Audiences can expect the best of Broadway and other musical gems at a season of Theatre Sheridan. With performances set to showcase the best of the next generation of theatre performers, much attention should be paid to the professional production of costumes, sets, lighting and sound that accompanies each show.

Sheridan signs historic co-development agreement with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre

Sheridan College took part last week in a Commercial Signing Ceremony held in Shanghai, China, and witnessed by the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of International Trade. The agreement, signed by Michael Rubinoff, Associate Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, and Yang Shaolin, General Manager of the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, is focused on the co-development of a new musical based on the life of Dr. Norman Bethune.

Sheridan grads celebrate film premiere at TIFF

Sheridan graduates are behind a new film premiering in September at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Shahzad tells the story of a young boy and his father moving from Pakistan to Canada. Their relationship is tested as they learn to navigate a new country and new culture. The 11-minute short film was created almost entirely by Sheridan alumni.

Sheridan concludes exciting weekend at Fan Expo Canada

Now in it's 22nd year, Fan Expo is the is the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming event in Canada. This year, Sheridan's Makeup for Media & Creative Arts and Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics & Props programs wowed audiences at the convention. The two programs exhibited their talent through live demonstrations and displays.

New Acquisitions to the Sheridan Permanent Art Collection

The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design is delighted to announce a series of new art acquisitions to our growing permanent art collection. Many acquisitions were made as part of our new program of Dean’s Student Art Awards, selected from our students’ graduating art exhibits. The collection aims to foster and showcase Sheridan’s creative legacy while generating inspiration and dialogue.

Musical Developed at Sheridan is Broadway-bound

Come From Away, originally developed and produced by Sheridan and the Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), is headed to Broadway in the spring of 2017. Sheridan has built a reputation for producing music theatre graduates who go on to grace the stages of Broadway. But the College is now playing a ground-floor role in the development of a musical destined for theatre’s mecca.

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 accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, or to use their nomenclature for non-U.S. Institutions—we are “substantially equivalent.” Sheridan is only the second institution in Canada to receive this prestigious accreditation. 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 Faculty

Dean, Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Ronni Rosenberg taught for a number of years in the York/Sheridan Joint Program in Design where she pursued her interest in developing the language, education, and literacy of the built environment. In 2007, she was invited to join the administrative team of the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design, and in 2010, she assumed the role of Dean. Ronni has served as a board member for arts organizations such as Oakville Galleries and the Toronto Public Art Commission. She also worked with the North York Board of Education to develop an inter-disciplinary architectural curriculum for secondary schools. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects and is a Registered Graphic Designer of Ontario. She has contributed towards numerous organizations and publications such as AIGA Journal and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and Jerusalem Report.

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Associate Dean, Design, Illustration & Photography

Donna Braggins oversees Sheridan's Design, Illustration, Photography, Interaction Design and Web Design programs. She has previously served as art director of Maclean’s and Canadian Business magazines and president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. Currently, she serves on the board of the Registered Graphic Designers and the Curriculum Committee of Magazines Canada. Her work has won widespread recognition, with many national and international awards including the National Magazine Awards Foundation, as well as a Certificate of Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club. During her tenure at Canadian Business magazine, the publication was honoured twice as Magazine of the Year in its circulation category by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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Associate Dean, Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Michael is the producer of Theatre Sheridan and the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts. In 2011, he established the Canadian Music Theatre Project at Sheridan - an incubator for new musical theatre works by Canadian and international artists. His productions have earned one Dora Mavor Moore Award for excellence in Toronto theatre and six nominations. He is a 2004 graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute, Intensive Producing Program and was President of ScriptLab, a not-for-profit organization in Toronto with a commitment to the development of the works and the artists of the Canadian Musical Theatre. Michael is also President of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, chair of their Commercial Theatre Development Fund and the founder of M. Rubinoff Productions Inc.

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Associate Dean, Film, Television & Journalism

Maija Saari is the Associate Dean for the Department of Film, Television and Journalism, leading media professional practice programs in Film, Journalism, Public Relations, Media Foundations and Makeup for Media and Creative Arts. She is a passionate educator with a deep interest in how rapidly changing technology is affecting media practice and professional identity. Through the course of teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels in university and college settings, Maija ultimately specialized her educational practice upon the intersection between theory and practice in professional practice curriculum. Maija brings over 20 years of teaching, scholarship, academic leadership and professional industry practice to her portfolio. She joined Sheridan as an Associate Dean in August 2014.

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Associate Dean, Bachelor of Animation, Arts & Design

Angela is responsible for the the Bachelor of Animation, Bachelor of Game Design, Computer Animation, Character Animation, Visual Effects and Game Level Design programs. With over twenty years of experience in animation, film and digital media education at the post-secondary level, Angela is a champion of the excellence in arts education that is the hallmark of Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design. 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. Angela is committed to fostering partnerships between the Faculty, the industry, cultural institutions, and domestic and international colleges and universities.

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Associate Dean, Department of 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. Upon graduation from CIA, Heather practiced design at several Toronto firms before establishing her own graphic design consultancy. A few of her corporate clients included Marks and Spencer, Hudson’s Bay Company, Simpson’s, Fabergé and Corporate Foods among many others. She has consulted on design education for the Design Exchange in Toronto and presently sits on the Design Advisory Committee for Harbourfront.

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Events and Exhibitions

Collective City: Stories from Artist Run Collectives in Toronto

12:30 - 1:30 PM
October 18, 2016

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

Collective City is a documentary series produced by Caroline Birks, Richard Mongiat and David Sylvestre that traces the history of artist-generated galleries and collectives that operated as alternative exhibition venues in Toronto from the late 1980’s to the present day. It shows, over the course of several short videos, how a movement that started as a group of renegade artist collectives exhibiting their work in temporary spaces eventually evolved into the sustainable artist collective galleries we are familiar with today.

Sheridan Bachelor Programs @Italy Information Session

7:00 PM
October 19, 2016

Room B124, Trafalgar Campus

Sheridan's Bachelor Programs @Italy is a unique study abroad opportunity to achieve credits towards a BA degree. Since 2004, over 275 FAAD students have received degree credits from the program. Learn more about how you can spend 35 days in Florence, Venice, Rome and Bologna at the upcoming @Italy information session led by program coordinator Clemente Botelho.

Suzanna Reisman | Artist Talk

12:30 - 1:30 PM
October 27, 2016

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

Toronto-based Susana Reisman was born in Caracas, Venezuela, has lived in Mexico City, and studied in the United States. She received a BA in Economics from Wellesley College (Boston) and an MFA in Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. After teaching photography for a number of years, Reisman now dedicates her time to making art and running Circuit Gallery in Toronto.

This event is presented by the Art and Art History program.

National Portfolio Day - Toronto

12:00 - 4:00 PM
October 29, 2016

OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Toronto ON

National Portfolio Day is an opportunity to meet professionals from some of the finest design and visual arts schools in North America. Bring your portfolio, of your best and most recent work, and have it critiqued by the school of your choice. Sheridan representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art and design. High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

Applied Arts Magazine | Creative Futures Expo

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
November 8 and 9, 2016

Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

The Applied Arts Creative Futures Expo is Canada's only career fair for the visual communications sector. Representatives and educators from the Faculty of Animation, Art & Design will be on hand to discuss our programs.

National Portfolio Day - New York

12:00 - 4:00 PM
November 13, 2016

655 West 34th Street, Exhibit Hall 1B
New York, NY

National Portfolio Day is an opportunity to meet professionals from some of the finest design and visual arts schools in North America. Bring your portfolio, of your best and most recent work, and have it critiqued by the school of your choice. Sheridan representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art and design. High school students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and college transfer students are encouraged to attend.

Fall Open House

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
November 19, 2016

Sheridan Campuses

The best way to experience Sheridan is to come and see it for yourself. Bring your family and friends and join us at Open House!

Come From Away | Sheridan Night at the Royal Alexandra Theatre

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
November 22, 2016

Royal Alexandra Theatre
260 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1H9

Come From Away, originally produced and developed by Sheridan's Canadian Music Theatre Project and Michael Rubinoff, opens on Broadway in Spring 2017. Before it lands in New York, it will debut at Mirvish Productions in Toronto. In honour of Sheridan's involvement with the musical, Tuesday, November 22, 2016 has been designated Sheridan Night. Purchase your tickets now to be part of the celebration.

Explore our Programs

Animation and Game Design

Design, Illustration and Photography

Film, TV & Journalism

Material Art and Design

Visual and Performing Arts