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 art and design programs in our Faculty are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In their nomenclature for non-U.S. institutions, our programs are "substantially equivalent."

Our 2015 FAAD Graduate stories


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Flower Power art installation at Sheridan courtyard

Bachelor of Illustration faculty Douglas Donald and Claire Ironside recently installed an art piece in the courtyard titled Flower Power. It represents an expression of a curriculum based project entitled “Joint Effort” they are teaching for the YSDN (York/Sheridan Design) 3D course.

Sheridan College grad stars in Broadway production Kinky Boots

2015 Music Theatre graduate Vanessa Sears, who landed the starring role in Mirvish’s production of Broadway’s hit musical Kinky Boots, opened the show last night in its Toronto premiere. Vanessa was cast while still a student at Sheridan, she joins seven other alumni who also landed roles in the Broadway hit musical. Emmy Award-winning casting director Stephanie Gorin (Media Arts-Music Theatre, 1981).

Robert Fones’ latest work featured in Canadian Art Magazine

Canadian Art magazine has published a six page spread on Robert Fones’ work. Robert, who is a full-time professor in the Art and Art History program, was a Governor’s General Award recipient for Visual Arts in 2011. This is the second time Fones has been featured in Canadian Art Magazine this year.

Sheridan’s Natural Dye Garden Initiative

Faculty and volunteers from Sheridan’s Bachelor of Craft and Design program have begun their Dye Garden Initiative, located right outside the Textiles studio. Thanks to the hard work, commitment and dedication from student volunteers and faculty, the dye garden represents an important first step in raising awareness for sustainability within the Sheridan community.

Animation and Game Design summer workshops at Sheridan

Sheridan College will be holding summer workshops for any of those interested in animation and game design. For the workshops not posted on the Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies, students should go directly to the Registrar’s office.

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

Dean, Faculty of Animation, Arts and 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 and 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 and 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 and 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 Whitton

Heather Whitton

Associate Dean, Material Art and 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

Kinky Boots Alumni Event

Join Sheridan at Mirvish's production of Kinky Boots, starring Music Theatre alumni. Kinky Boots, the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit musical, celebrated its two-year anniversary on Broadway on Saturday, April 4, 2015. It has won six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography, Best Actor, Best Orchestrations, and Best Sound Design. Join the cast for an exclusive post-show alumni reception.

When: July 9th 2015

Where: 260 King Street West, Toronto

Brantwood wins big at Dora Awards

The groundbreaking production of Brantwood produced by Sheridan College’s Canadian Music Theatre Project (CMTP), along with Sheridan music theatre alumni, were recognized at the 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Awards taking home the Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Production. Created by Julie Tepperman and Mitchell Cushman, Brantwood was the largest production of immersive, site-specific musical theatre in Canadian history.

Congratulations to everyone involved with Brantwood!

Fourth year Art and Art History students hold exhibition in Toronto

Sheridan’s Art and Art History’s fourth year painting class concluded their exhibition at the Edward Day Gallery in Toronto which ran from June 2nd to June 10th. The exhibition was self-initiated and crowd funded by all the graduating students through crowd funding website IndieGoGo.

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Animation and Game Design

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Material Art and Design

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