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.

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.

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


Fall Orientation

Starting at Sheridan in September 2016? Join us for orientation!
The Faculty of Animation, Art & Design will be hosting orientation for degree students on September 2, and certificate and diploma students on September 1.

Sheridan’s Illustration Wing Unveils New Mural

A new mural exploring transformation and travel has just been unveiled in the Illustration Wing of Trafalgar Campus. "Crossing Paths" is the collaborative effort of a group of illustration students under the supervision and guidance of illustration faculty Joe Morse and Ted Zourntos.

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 that are intended to build 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. Be on the lookout for these works on campus.

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.

Animation student Vladimir Mokhov wins Ubisoft NXT Showcase for Animation

Congratulations to 3rd year animation student Vladimir Mokhov who won first place at the first Ubisoft NXT Showcase for Animation. The NXT Showcase is an annual competition designed to put a spotlight on local art and game development student talent ready to kick-start their careers in the industry.

Interior Design Alumna Wins Prestigious Norma Ruth Ridley Scholarship

This year’s winner of the Norma Ruth Ridley Scholarship was Emily Ceh who graduated from Sheridan’s Bachelor of Interior Design Program. The Norma Ruth Ridley Scholarship, honors interior design students who display impeccable professionalism and ethics, and who understand the importance of good business practices and professional standards.

Industrial Design Students Win First Place in the Rethink Tires Competition at Artscape

A team of Sheridan’s second year Industrial Design students won first place in Rethink Tires, a design challenge sponsored by Ontario Tire Stewardship. Students were asked to address the needs of the Artscape building on Shaw Street in Toronto using recycled tire materials.

Sheridan Recognized for Excellence in Research Communications

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) have honoured Sheridan with a new award that recognizes post-secondary institutions for their efforts to promote the benefits and impacts of research in the social science and humanities. Sheridan was honoured for its work to celebrate Brantwood: 1920-2020, which was the largest production of immersive, site-specific theatre in Canadian history.

The Embarrassment Show comes to Sheridan College

The Embarrassment Show workshop is an approach to creative thinking developed by Dutch creative director, curator and artist Erik Kessels. Originally conducted with a group of 2nd year photography students in Switzerland, the Embarrassment Show has developed into a travelling exhibition. Earlier in May, the project was brought to Sheridan College’s Trafalgar campus for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Illustration students.

Sheridan ATVF alumni in the spotlight at Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, and Sheridan is proud to be represented by several graduates whose films will be screened in the coming days. Reinventing the Reel, directed and produced by Advanced Television and Film (ATVF) graduate Michael Gorlick, will be part of the Emerging Filmmaker LGBTQ Showcase taking place on May 15. The film looks at the treatment of LGBT portrayals in film, how it has changed, and why it is important to continue.

Sheridan Students Take Home Top Awards at 2016 Level Up Showcase

Congratulations to the team from OddBird Studio on winning both Best in Show and Best Artistic Achievement in the sixth annual Level Up Student Showcase. Now in its sixth year, the Level Up Student Showcase puts the next generation of game developers at the forefront, highlighting Ontario’s top postsecondary talent in the field of game design.

Team of Sheridan ATVF Students win Award in the 2016 TVO Short Doc Contest

Congratulations to the team of “A Different Way” on winning 2nd Place in the 2016 TVO Short Doc Contest. “A Different Way” is a short film on dating and disability from the perspective of Luke Anderson. The documentary was created for as a full term assignment in the ATVF program’s Documentary Film Production course.

Sheridan graduates win big at 43rd Annie Awards

The 43rd annual Annie Awards, honouring the year’s best achievements in the field of animation and sponsored by the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood) were presented on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Royce Hall at the University of California in Los Angeles. Eleven Sheridan grads and one current student were nominated for awards.

About FAAD

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 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 numerous awards including the National Magazine Awards Foundation, as well as a Certificate of Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club.

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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. 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. Maija brings over 20 years of teaching, scholarship, academic leadership and professional industry practice to her portfolio and enjoys celebrating and supporting the stellar cast of faculty and technologists who deliver award-winning outcomes for their students.

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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.

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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. 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

Fall Orientation

Sheridan Trafalgar Campus, 1430 Trafalgar Road

Degree students – September 2nd, 9AM-12PM
Certificate & Diploma students – September 2nd, 1-4PM

Historically Grotesque: Rod McDonald on the earth 20th Century Grotesques

Sheridan College, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Sheldon Levy Building (J Wing)

Thursday, May 19, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Join us at Sheridan College for a talk by type designer Rod McDonald on the early 20th century grotesque typefaces. McDonald will discuss the historical research which influenced his recently launched typeface family, Classic Grotesque and shed light on how he updated the classification for the needs of the 21st century. This event is free and open to the public.

IDENTITY: Bachelor of Interior Design Grad Show

2nd Floor Events, 461 King Street West, Toronto

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6:00 PM - 10:00

57 Voices: Bachelor of Photography Grad Show

99 Sudbury, Toronto

May 3 to 5, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 5:00 - 9:30 PM

Captured through the lenses of 57 graduating students, this showcase illustrates diverse perceptions of the conceptual, technical, and aesthetic possibilities of photography as a professional medium.

Visual and Creative Arts Program Grad Show

The Marquee, Sheridan Student Union, Trafalgar Campus

April 28 – 29, 2016

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 28, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Viewing Hours:
Thursday, April 28, 4:00 - 9:00 PM, Friday, April 29 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A multi-discipline exhibition and celebration of all two-year and three-year diploma graduates.

Four Over Three: Graduate Exhibition of the Craft and Design Program

The Super Wonder Gallery, 876 Bloor Street West (near Ossington Subway)

May 5 – 8, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 5, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Gallery Hours: Friday to Sunday, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Graduate work from the 4 studios of the Craft and Design program (Ceramics, Glass, Furniture and Textiles)

VITFIRY: Sheridan College Glass Graduate Exhibition

Sandra Ainsley Gallery. 100 Sunrise Ave, Unit 150, Toronto.

When: April 30 – May 21, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 30, 2:00 - 5:00 pm

An exhibition featuring 16 artists from the glass program of Sheridan College's Craft and Design department.

Web Design Grad Show "Reveal"

Closed to the public

Sapient Natro, 134 Peter Street, Toronto

Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Animation Industry Day 2016

Private Event, Industry Only

SCAET Building, S235, Trafalgar Campus

Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, 2016

The specific intent of the Industry Day event is to showcase the talents of our graduating class from the Digital Visual Effects, Computer Animation, Digital Character Animation and the Bachelor of Animation programs. This event is meant for invited industry guests only and is not open to the public.

Bachelor of Craft and Design Graduate Exhibition

Open to the public

Sheridan Gallery, Trafalgar Campus, AA Wing

Friday April 29th - Friday, May 6, 2016

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

BrandX7 Exposed: Visual Merchandising Arts Grad Exhibition

Open to the public

ONLYONEGALLERY, 5 Brock Ave, Toronto

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, 7:00 - 9:30 PM

The Neighborhood: Bachelor of Illustration Grad Show

99 Gallery, 99 Sudbury street Toronto, Ontario

April 14 - 15

Opening Reception:
Thursday, April 14, 2016 (Doors open at 7:00 PM, Awards at 8:00 PM)

Gallery Hours:
Friday, April 15, 2016, 3:00 – 9:00 PM

Explore our Programs

Animation and Game Design

Design, Illustration and Photography

Film, TV & Journalism

Material Art and Design

Visual and Performing Arts


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