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 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.

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.

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.

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

Dean, 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. While at Stony Brook, she was an active lecturer in those programs, while also widely exhibiting her work in public and private galleries.

Ronni pursued a second graduate degree, completing a Master’s of Architecture at SUNY / Buffalo in 1984, and then joined the architectural practice at Quadrangle Architects in Toronto. There she completed many single residential and multi-use projects.

She taught for a number of years in the York / Sheridan Joint Program in Design pursuing her particular interest in developing a language and literacy in the built environment and integrating that into a general design education.

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.

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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. She is also a past secretary of the board of directors of The Advertising and Design Club of Canada. She currently 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.

Braggins has an M.A. from York University, and she has completed York University's Executive Program in Management. She has written on the visual history of Maclean's magazine, exploring the rise of magazine design in Canada. Her goal, in her writings and in her wider work, is to probe the complicated relationship between commercial success and visual impact.

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Associate Dean of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Michael Rubinoff earned a B.A. in political science and an LL.B. (Valedictorian) from the University of Western Ontario (“UWO”). Prior to being called to the Ontario Bar in 2002, he launched M. Rubinoff Productions Inc., a commercial theatre company producing mid-sized theatre in the City of Toronto. His productions have earned one Dora Mavor Moore Award for excellence in Toronto theatre and six nominations.

Michael is a 2004 graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute. He is President of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and chair of their Commercial Theatre Development Fund.

He is the producer of Theatre Sheridan’s six show season and produced the 2012 transfer of Theatre Sheridan’s production of RENT to the Mirvish owned Panasonic Theatre. In 2011 he established the Canadian Music Theatre Project, at Sheridan, Canada’s incubator for new musical theatre works by Canadian and international artists.

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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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Associate Dean, Bachelor of Animation, Arts & 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. Angela is responsible for the the Bachelor of Animation, Bachelor of Game Design, Computer Animation, Character Animation, Visual Effects and Game Level Design programs. Angela is a champion of the excellence in arts education that is the hallmark of Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design. 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, 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.

Heather holds a five year BFA degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA) with a major in Industrial Design and an M.Ed degree from Brock University with a specialization in curriculum studies. In addition, she completed courses in the certificate program in Adult Training and Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

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FAAD News and Events and 2016 Graduate Shows

57 Voices - Sheridan College Bachelor of Photography Graduate Students

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3rd 5-9:30pm

When: May 3 to 5, 2016

Where: 99 Sudbury, Toronto

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. Work from the Sheridan Bachelor of Photography program’s graduating class is presented in partnership with curator Clare Vander Meersch (director of photography, The Globe and Mail magazines).

Social Media: @57voices

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

When: May 5 – 8, 2016

Opening reception: Thursday May 5th 6-9pm,

Gallery Hours: Friday to Sunday, 11am - 6pm

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

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

VITFIRY: Sheridan College Glass Graduate Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 30, 2-5 pm

When: April 30 – May 21, 2016

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

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

Visual and Creative Arts Program Grad Show

When: April 28 – 29, 2016

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 28, 7-9pm

Viewing Hours: Thursday, April 28th 4-9pm, Friday, April 29th 9am-4pm

Where: The Marquee, Sheridan Student Union, Trafalger Campus

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

IDENTITY/ Bachelor of Interior Design Grad Show

When: Thursday, May 5, 2016

Time: 6pm - 10pm

Location: 2nd Floor Events, 461 King Street West, Toronto

Display of Interior Design Projects by the 2016 BID graduating class

Social Media: @2016 Identity

Web Design Grad Show "Reveal"

Closed to the public

When: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Times: One on one portfolio reviews with industry reps from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Open to industry and guests from 5:00 - 8:00 PM

Awards at 7:00 PM

Where: Sapient Natro, 134 Peter Street, Toronto

Animation Industry Day 2016

Private Event, Industry Only

When: Thursday and Friday April 28 and 29, 2016

Where: SCAET Building, S235, Trafalgar Campus

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

When: Friday April 29th - Friday, May 6, 2016

Where: Sheridan Gallery, Trafalgar Campus, AA Wing

Times: Monday - Thursday from 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 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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