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 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 grads celebrate film premiere at TIFF

Sheridan graduates are behind a new film premiering in September at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Shahzad tells the story of a young boy and his father moving from Pakistan to Canada. Their relationship is tested as they learn to navigate a new country and new culture. The 11-minute short film was created almost entirely by Sheridan alumni.

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.

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).

Game Design program unveils new Facilities

At the start of the new fall semester, FAAD Dean Ronni Rosenberg and Associate Dean of Animation and Game Design Angela Stukator cut the red ribbon to unveil Sheridan's new game design lab in G wing. The new facilities feature state of the art equipment to support fourth year students capstone projects through digital and physical production.

Sheridan Alumni create Marvel comic starring Justin Trudeau

Award-winning illustration grads Ramón Pérez and Chip Zdarsky have suited up Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the hero in issue No. 5 of Marvel Comic’s "Civil War II: Choosing Sides". Pérez (1995), provided the illustrations and Zdarsky, a.k.a. Steve Murray (2000) wrote the story for the all-Canadian issue. The variant cover features Trudeau in a boxing ring surrounded by Canadian superhero squad Alpha Flight.

Sheridan’s Illustration Wing Unveils New Mural

A new mural exploring transformation and travel has just been unveiled in the Illustration Wing of Trafalgar Campus. "Crossing Paths" is the collaborative effort of a group of illustration students under the supervision and guidance of illustration faculty Joe Morse and Ted Zourntos.

New Acquisitions to the Sheridan Permanent Art Collection

The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design is delighted to announce a series of new art acquisitions to our growing permanent art collection. Many acquisitions were made as part of our new program of Dean’s Student Art Awards, selected from our students’ graduating art exhibits. The collection aims to foster and showcase Sheridan’s creative legacy while generating inspiration and dialogue.

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.

Interior Design Alumna Wins Prestigious Norma Ruth Ridley Scholarship

This year’s winner of the Norma Ruth Ridley Scholarship was Emily Ceh who graduated from Sheridan’s Bachelor of Interior Design Program. The Norma Ruth Ridley Scholarship, honors interior design students who display impeccable professionalism and ethics, and who understand the importance of good business practices and professional standards.

The Embarrassment Show comes to Sheridan College

The Embarrassment Show workshop is an approach to creative thinking developed by Dutch creative director, curator and artist Erik Kessels. Originally conducted with a group of 2nd year photography students in Switzerland, the Embarrassment Show has developed into a travelling exhibition. Earlier in May, the project was brought to Sheridan College’s Trafalgar campus for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Illustration students.

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.

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, Department of 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, Bachelor of Animation, Arts & Design

Angela is responsible for the the Bachelor of Animation, Bachelor of Game Design, Computer Animation, Character Animation, Visual Effects and Game Level Design programs. 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 that is the hallmark of Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design. 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 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. 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

Zin Taylor | Ideas as Units Artist Talk

12:30 - 1:30 PM
September 22, 2016

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

Renowned artist Zin Taylor will outline the various sources, ideas, histories and anecdotes he drew upon to develop Five Units of Haze, his current exhibition at Oakville Galleries exhibition. Although made specifically for Oakville Galleries, this exhibition is partly a culmination of a several-year interest and exploration into the forms and systems that our ideologies adopt in order to communicate alternate narratives.

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

The Making of Wild Archaeology: Screening and Discussion

7:30 - 9:30 PM
September 27, 2016

SCAET Lecture Hall, S235, Trafalgar Campus

The Alumni Office invites you to join us for a screening and discussion of The Making Of Wild Archaeology, a 13-part documentary series broadcasting this fall on APTN. Guided by Indigenous archaeologist, Dr. Rudy Reimer (Squamish), and co-hosts Jenifer Brousseau (Ojibway/French) and Jacob Pratt (Dakota/ Saulteaux), the program presents the untold story of the original peoples of North America.

Amanda Clyne | Portrait of Invisibility Artist Talk

12:30 - 1:30 PM
September 27, 2016

Annie Smith Arts Centre, Trafalgar Campus

Amanda Clyne will discuss how her work has been shaped by her interest in the materiality of image-making, the affect of textiles and couture, and the dignity of the feminine. Having left a corporate law practice in New York City to pursue her love of art, Clyne will speak on her transition from art viewer to art student to professional artist, and how she maintains her commitment to a sustainable art practice.

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

Come From Away | Sheridan Night at the Royal Alexandra Theatre

7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
November 22, 2016

Royal Alexandra Theatre
260 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 1H9

Come From Away, originally produced and developed by Sheridan's Canadian Music Theatre Project and Michael Rubinoff, opens on Broadway in Spring 2017. Before it lands in New York, it will debut at Mirvish Productions in Toronto. In honour of Sheridan's involvement with the musical, Tuesday, November 22, 2016 has been designated Sheridan Night. Purchase your tickets now to be part of the celebration.

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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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