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. 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.

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Sheridan’s Animation program ranked among top three in the world

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."


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 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, and all were in attendance together with President Jeff Zabudsky and Bachelor of Animation Associate Dean Angela Stukator.

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’s musical Come From Away headed to Broadway

The musical Come From Away – developed and produced by Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP) – is slated to make its Broadway debut in the spring of 2017. Junkyard Dogs Productions announced that it will stage the musical at Ford’s Theatre in Washington as part of their 2016-2017 season from September 2 to October 9, 2016, and will play for local audiences in Toronto as part of Mirvish Theatre’s 2016-2017 Subscription Series from November 15, 2016 to January 1, 2017.

Animation graduate Melody Wang wins TIFF Student Shorts award

Sheridan’s Bachelor of Animation graduate Melody Wang received the “Best Animation” student shorts award for her film The Casebook of Nips and Porkington at TIFF’s Top 10 Student Shorts Event. Wang was also awarded a cash prize of $1,000 courtesy of the Directors Guild of Canada, two tickets to the Directors Guild of Canada Awards and a Sales & Industry Pass to the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

Sheridan’s program MASSIVE set for May launch

Sheridan College will be offering a brand new innovative graduate certificate program called Music Applied to Stage, Screen and Interactive Visual Environments (also known as MASSIVE) targeted to music professionals. MASSIVE students will work with peers from film & television programs, animation programs, visual effects students, performers and producers in music theatre and authors and content producers from the world of game and game level design.

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

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

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

The Intermission: Bachelor of Design Grad Show

Artifacts Room, Liberty Grand Toronto, Ontario

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:00 - 11:00 PM

IXD Futures: Bachelor of Interaction Design Grad Show

Sheridan Gallery, Sheridan College, AA Wing, 1430 Trafalgar Road

Friday, March 18 - Friday, April 1 2016

IXD Futures is the first exhibition of student work in the emerging field of Interaction Design at Sheridan College. Sheridan's Bachelor of Interaction Design is the first Bachelors Degree of its kind in Ontario. We are proud and excited to present this dynamic group of student work.

FAQ: Art and Art History Graduate Exhibition

Blackwood Gallery, 3359 Mississauga Road

When: March 16 - April 10, 2016
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, 12 - 5 PM, Wednesday 12 - 9 PM

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Animation and Game Design

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Material Art and Design

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