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 6,563
  • Number of Oscar winning alumni 6

Highlights

Sheridan Student Showcase

Looking to promote your Etsy store? Show off a recent creation? Or raise awareness about your project? We want to help you leave your mark on our Creative Campus.

Sheridan College and the Sheridan Student Union (SSU) are currently seeking submissions from students for the inaugural unveiling of the Student Showcase program – a new, exciting, initiative devoted to showcasing student projects, selling your artwork, and promoting crowdfunding campaigns in the Trafalgar Campus B wing display cases.

Arts alumni win prizes for films celebrating Indigenous heritage

Sheridan alumni took home top prizes at the Ottawa International Animation Festival last week. Christopher Auchter (Computer Animation ’05) won for Best Animated Film or Series for Young Audiences, while Amanda Strong (Bachelor of Illustration ’09) took home the Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation.

Animation and Game Design Students Continue Their Winning Ways

Students in Sheridan’s Bachelor of Animation and Bachelor of Game Design programs took top honours last week at two major student competitions.

'Indigenous cybernoir': Video game designers crafting futuristic detective story

Animation student Tara Miller and Game Design grad Meagan Byrne discuss Purity & Decay, a futuristic adventure detective game being developed by a predominantly Indigenous team based out of Hamilton.

Monsters, Games and More at the 2017 Fan Expo

There was no shortage of things to see at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during FanExpo, which is touted as the largest comics, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming event in Canada. Sheridan’s booth caught the attention of many passersby who stopped to get up close with our students’ work.

Sheridan Students Return from Ba@Italy Summer Abroad

Did you know that over 300 Sheridan Arts students have achieved credits towards their Bachelor degrees while studying in Italy? Sheridan’s Bachelor Programs @Italy is a unique study abroad opportunity run annually in the Spring Summer term.

Industrial Design Students Unveil Redesigned Outdoor Community Space

In 2016, the Ontario Tire Stewardship hosted a Student Design Challenge, giving post-secondary student teams the chance to work alongside industry professionals to develop inventive concepts and present to judges. Now, over a year later, the two winning teams have brought their concepts to life for the community to enjoy. The final winning design incorporated the equivalent of 854 recycled tires into Toronto’s cultural hub at Artscape Youngplace.

Animating Indigenous Stories

How a chance encounter at Sheridan led to the reimagining of Thomas King’s A Short History of Indians in Canada through the medium of animation.

A Cross-Continent Campus Tour

A delegation including 18 graduate students and faculty from Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing were guests of Sheridan for a two-week, up-close look at our arts programming.

Sheridan makes History with Tony Award Nomination for Come From Away

Come From Away, the Broadway blockbuster musical that got its start at Sheridan, racked up a total of seven 2017 Tony Award nominations, including one for Best Musical. “Only five Canadian musicals have made it to Broadway. It is very special that our students played a significant role in launching one of these musicals,” says Michael Rubinoff.

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, 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, Animation and Game Design

Angela is the Associate Dean of the Department of Animation and Game Design which includes programs such as Bachelor of Animation, Bachelor of Game Design, Computer Animation, Character Animation, Visual Effects, Music Composition for Stage & Visual Media (MASSIVE) and Game Level Design. 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. 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. She 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, 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

union: in memory of Vivian Duong

When:
October 13 – December 1, 2017
Opening Reception:
Tuesday, November 28, 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Location:
AA Wing Gallery, Trafalgar Campus

union celebrates the work and spirit of Art and Art History graduate Vivian Duong (1988-2015). While a student, Vivian used her skills in painting and drawing to articulate some of her cross-cultural experiences in immigrating from Vietnam to Canada. union also includes artwork by students and graduates that echoes some of Vivian’s concerns with family, faith, and cultural intersection.


Material ConneXion Library

Visit the Material ConneXion website for library hours.

Location:
HMC II, 4th Floor, Room B410

Sheridan's new Material ConneXion library consists of 1,000 innovative, future-forward materials sourced from around the world. Curated from the extensive juried collection in the New York flagship Library, the collection will give Sheridan students a creative edge and unique exposure to what’s new and upcoming in the design world.




Creative Campus Galleries

Visit the Creative Campus Galleries' website for gallery hours.

Location:
Hazel McCallion Campus, B234

Inaugurated in Fall 2016, the Creative Campus Galleries are a critical component of Sheridan’s Institute for Creativity and Creative Campus, which mobilizes creative engagement and brings together people, disciplines and departments to make creativity a cornerstone of Sheridan’s institutional identity and its pedagogical approach. The Galleries have multiple display and exhibition locations across Sheridan’s campuses, including a 2000 sq ft gallery at Mississauga’s Hazel McCallion Campus.


Explore our Programs

Animation and Game Design

Design, Illustration and Photography

Film, TV & Journalism

Material Art and Design

Visual and Performing Arts