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 Film Comes Out on Top At TIFF Top Ten Festival

For the second consecutive year, a film by Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Animation students has been awarded Best Animated Student Short at TIFF’s Top Ten Film Festival. Feathers, the winning film, was created by third-year students who call themselves Hands on Deck Pictures.

Art Fundamentals Professor Valerie Fulford discusses her work with Loving Vincent

Merging the iconic Impressionist style of Vincent van Gogh with the magic of animation, Loving Vincent will be the first fully painted feature film to be created. Art Fundamentals Professor Valerie Fulford discusses her experience and work as one of the painting-animators who worked on the film.

Bachelor of Game Design Holiday Card

The game design students from Oddbird Studio bring you a festive and addicting new game. Tweet your high scores @SheridanCollege to be entered into a raffle.

Nominees for the Golden Globes Include Films Powered by Sheridan Animation Alumni

The Golden Globe nominees have been announced, and once again, several films in the Best Animated Motion Picture category had Sheridan alumni on their creative teams.

Animation Students win EnRoute Magazine's Achievement in Animation Award

Congratulations to Sheridan stop-motion enthusiasts Hands on Deck on winning enRoute magazine's Achievement in Animation award. Feathers is the group's first collectively directed effort. The film has also been shown at the Festival Stop Motion Montréal and the Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF).

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.

Wild Archaeology TV Series created by Sheridan Alumni and Faculty

Exploring the untold story of the original peoples of North America, Wild Archaeology is a new documentary series broadcasting on APTN this fall. Sheridan alumni played an important part in the show’s creation. Almost every member of the documentary’s crew are Sheridan alumni, including lead producer, director and writer, Tracy German (Media Arts, 1995).

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.

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 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.

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, 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

Material ConneXion Library Open House

January 9 - 12, 2017
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

HMC II, 4th Floor, Room B410

Sheridan's new Material ConneXion library consists of 500 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.

External parties please contact Patricia Buckley, Digital Curator and Special Collections Librarian.

Paola Poletto: Art Gallery of Ontario’s Artist-in-Residence Program

12:30 - 1:30 PM
January 12, 2017

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

Paola Poletto is the Manager of Adult Learning and Residency Programs at the Art Gallery of Ontario where, for the past four years, she has led the Gallery School adult studio programs and the artist-in-residence program. Poletto will provide a review of her recent work at the Art Gallery of Ontario with a focus on the artist-in-residence program and a selection of in-gallery activations.

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

Beth Stuart: Artist Talk

12:30 - 1:30 PM
February 7, 2017

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

Beth Stuart works in an expanding range of media including writing, painting, ceramic, textiles, and sculptural installation. Often picking up on overlooked historical moments, characters and material techniques, she creates alternative plot points in the narrative of
modernist abstraction. Her talk will focus on the material and recent body of work, BLACKWHITEAND ALLOVER, as well as her upcoming solo exhibition at The Power Plant in 2018.

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

Georgiana Uhlyarik: Curating Georgia O'Keefe

12:30 - 1:30 PM
March 9, 2017

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

As coordinating curator of the exhibition "Georgia O’Keeffe" and in anticipation of its final presentation at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Georgina Uhlyarik will discuss the responsibilities and strategies of the curator in negotiating the institution’s very real pressures to deliver crowds as well as offer meaningful engagement with O’Keeffe’s artistic vision and accomplishments.

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

Keita Morimoto: Artist Talk

12:30 - 1:30 PM
March 16, 2017

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

Keita Morimoto is a painter working in Toronto. His practice focuses on depicting a sense of fantasy and magic within the mundane, specifically through portraiture. He is drawn to the consistent theme of realism steeped in fiction and unreality found in paintings throughout history. The presentation will focus on Morimoto's studio practice and how these themes have played a significant role in the ongoing development of his work.

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

Explore our Programs

Animation and Game Design

Design, Illustration and Photography

Film, TV & Journalism

Material Art and Design

Visual and Performing Arts