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 programs, we offer you a solid education across the creative spectrum.


  • Programs 37
  • Full-Time Students 5,522
  • Alumni nominated for Emmys 24
  • Alumni nominated for Oscars 18
  • Oscar winning alumni 7


Golden Globe-nominated films powered by Sheridan alumni

Sheridan grads played a role in all five films nominated for Best Animated Motion Picture at the 77th Golden Globes, along with projects in the running for Best Picture – Drama, Best Picture – Comedy/Music and Best Series – Drama.

Sheridan Students Sweep Game Design Category at Ubisoft’s Future Women in Games Initiative

Ubisoft Future Women in Games, a new program to attract and develop emerging talent that reflects the diversity of society and aims to create inclusive games, was launched by the world-renowned game studio in the fall of 2019. Rising above the more than 40 applicants in Game Design are three Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Game Design students who swept the category: Jaylin Grierson, Eve Leveille, and Jensen Verlaan.

Sheridan graduate and renowned animator wins Premier's Award

Oscar-nominated director and Sheridan alumnus Dean DeBlois (Animation ’90) has won a Premier’s Award in the Creative Arts and Design category. The awards, which celebrate the achievements of Ontario’s college graduates, were handed out during a gala in Toronto on December 2.

Pixar's Kristen Lester visits Sheridan

This month, Kristen Lester (Animation '04) returned to campus to share her insights with a group of Animation students – budding animators in the midst of finding their storytelling voices looking for their place in the industry.

Along with imparting advice and critiquing portfolios, Lester, who is developing her own Pixar feature, gave students a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like working at the company.

Six alumni vie for Ontario Premier's Awards

An Oscar-nominated film director, an up-and-coming leader in the gaming world, entrepreneurs, innovators, and advocates for women and children all make up Sheridan’s cohort of nominees for the 2019 Premier’s Awards.

Six Sheridan graduates will be celebrated at the awards’ gala in Toronto on Dec. 2, including award-winning animator Dean DeBlois (Animation ’90) and Meagan Byrne (Bachelor of Game Design ’17), who is this year’s Recent Graduate nominee.

Sheridan Welcomes Alumni Behind Netflix Series Delhi Crime

Award-winning director and Sheridan alumnus, Richie Mehta, returned to campus on October 17 for a two-hour screening and talk.

Mehta (Advanced Film and Television ’02) and his fellow alumnus and creative partner Steven Bray (Media Arts ’02), spoke to students and screened the pilot episode of Delhi Crime, a crime-drama series The Hindustan Times calls "gut-wrenching, stylishly directed and passionately performed.”

Blown Away Stars Take to the Stage and Studio at Sheridan College

In October, an enthusiastic audience filled the theatre at Sheridan’s Oakville campus to take in a lively panel discussion featuring Deborah Czeresko and Alexander Rosenberg, respective winner and 3rd place finalist of the Netflix reality series Blown Away.

The panel discussion was followed by individual glassblowing demos by both Blown Away artists, as attendees crowded into the Glass Studio to capture a view of the artists at work.

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 the 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 considered to be substantially equivalent according to the standards of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Animation Career Review released its top 25 International Animation School Rankings for 2019 with Sheridan in first place worldwide.

Our Leadership


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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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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Heather Whitton

Heather 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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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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Mary Jane Carroll

Mary Jane Caroll

Associate Dean 
Visual & Performing Arts

Mary Jane owned and operated her own interior design firm for 10 years with clients such as Cooper Corporation and Quorum Funding Corporation. Most recently, she developed a specialized post-diploma program at Sheridan called "Aging in Place Design Specialist".

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Catherine Tamas

Acting Associate Dean
Animation & Game Design

Catharine Tamas, faculty in BFTV and Journalism programs, is the Acting Associate Dean of Animation and Game Design until the end of April 2020. 
Catharine has taught full time at Sheridan since 2007. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media (Ryerson University, 2013) and an Honours Bachelor of Journalism Degree (Carleton University, 1984). Before her teaching career, Catharine worked for over two decades in the television industry, beginning with CTV National News in Ottawa.

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Events and Exhibitions

Industrial Design Exhibition

January 13 - 24, 2020
Sheridan Gallery | AA-Wing

In this exhibition, students of Sheridan Industrial Design display solutions to a wide variety of challenges and design opportunities.

From the extreme to every day, students apply their empathy and human understanding towards relevant, real-world scenarios. Portable heater for stranded motorists that’s small enough to fit in a cup holder, and a system of tools to redirect negative moods and behaviors for individuals experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, are just two works channeling these essential qualities.

We invite you to visit this exhibition to see the creativity and innovation of our Industrial Design students.

Explore our Programs

Animation and Game Design

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Design, Illustration and Photography

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Film, TV & Journalism

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Material Art and Design

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Visual and Performing Arts

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