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. See policies related to NASAD accreditation. See our accredited programs and additional information.


Sheridan's Animation program ranked as third best 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’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.

Joe Morse’s Academy Awards illustration featured on front page of LA Times

Sheridan’s Bachelor of Illustration program coordinator Joe Morse had his illustration featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. According to Morse, the same illustration was used in 2013 to preview the Academy Awards. The LA Times decided to run Morse’s image once again due to the controversy behind the 2016 Academy Awards nominations.

Sheridan Animation alumnus Ben Anders’ success story

Animation alumnus (2013) Ben Anders’ film Jo Minkus was released by Nickelodeon after being picked up in 2014 by their International Shorts program, the Network’s annual search designed to identify and develop new ideas and up-and-coming animation talent. Ben created Jo Minkus during his time at Sheridan College where he did a sample of the film right before graduating.

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.

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

Ronni Rosenberg

Ronni Rosenberg

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Ronni Rosenberg completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in art and art history. After receiving an MFA in photography and printmaking from Pratt institute, she accepted a position in the Fine Art Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook to design and develop the photography and printmaking studios in their newly constructed facility. 

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Angela Stukator

Associate Dean
Animation & Game Design

Angela has over twenty years of experience in animation, film and digital media education at the post-secondary level. 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.

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Maija Saari

Associate Dean
Film, Television & Journalism

Maija Saari is the Associate Dean for the Department of Film, Television and Journalism in the Faculty of Animation, Art and Design. Maija is responsible for a cluster of eight programs, including Media Fundamentals, Media Arts, Advanced Television and Film, Journalism-Print, Journalism-Broadcast, Journalism-New Media, Corporate Communications and Makeup for Media and Creative Arts.

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Donna Braggins - Associate Dean of the Department of Design, Illustration and Photography at Sheridan College

Donna Braggins

Associate Dean
Design, Illustration & Photography

Donna Braggins is Associate Dean at Sheridan College, responsible for 5 programs including Design, Illustration, Photography, Interaction Design and Web Design. She has previously served as art director of Maclean’s and Canadian Business magazines and president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

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Michael Rubinoff

Michael Rubinoff

Associate Dean
Visual & Performing Arts

Michael Rubinoff earned a B.A. in political science and an LL.B. (Valedictorian) from the University of Western Ontario (“UWO”). While at UWO he served on the university’s Board of Governors and two terms as Legal Society President. In 1997, on a platform highlighting post secondary school issues, he ran for Member of Parliament in the riding of London North Centre and was one of the youngest candidates in the country.

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Heather WhittonHeather Whitton

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.

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FAAD News and Events

Sheridan Gallery Exhibition: Glass Inside Out

This exhibition presents a broad overview of intriguing and surprising objects made by students from the Glass Studio.

When: Friday, February 4, 2016 - Friday, February 19, 2016

Where: Sheridan Gallery

Exhibition reception is Tuesday, February 9 from 1 to 2 pm

Gallery Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10 am to 7 pm; Friday: 10 am to 5 pm

Sheridan Film Screenings - Second Semester

Sheridan faculty Maury Whyte will begin screening films for the second semester starting Friday, January 15th, 2016 at the Trafalgar Campus. The screenings are free and everyone is welcome.

FAAD's Gretchen Sankey's art exhibit "Somebody's Baby"

When: January 8 – February 13, 2016:

Opening Reception January 8, 7-10pm

Where: Paul Petro Contemporary Art 980 Queen Street West, Toronto
tel: 416-979-7874 fax: 416-979-3390

Description: somebody's baby is a reflection on the ease with which a mental health crisis may descend into criminalization and incarceration. When we discover the relative innocence of Ashley Smith's initial infraction, throwing crab apples at a postal worker, we realize how easy it is to blame the victim and thereby consider ourselves to be immune to the abuses of power.

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Animation and Game Design

Design, Illustration and Photography

Film, TV & Journalism

Material Art and Design

Visual and Performing Arts


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