About the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

The Faculty of Animation, Arts & 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."


One of Our Current Installations


 2015 Temporary Contemporary Art Installation "Museum of Broken Watches"


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Sheridan wins second and third place at 24-HOUR FILM CONTEST

Several teams from the Bachelor of Animation Program have been rewarded with their hard work with 2nd and 3rd place at this year’s 24-HOUR FILM CONTEST sponsored by Cal State University in Long Beach, California. The winning teams were Oxozone Children (2nd place) for their film FISHTOPIA (Second-year Animation students Ruby Xia,Tale Do, Mauricio Castano, Airin Budiman, and Ruby Poon) and team Trinket Films (3rd place) for their film MONA FREEZA (First-year Animation students Victoria Richards, Veronica Osypiuk, Tara Miller, Nancy Cai, and Kenneth Leoncito).

The 2015 Temporary Contemporary “Museum of Broken Watches” public lecture at Sheridan

The artists behind the FAAD Temporary Contemporary art installation project were at Sheridan College today (Tuesday September 15th, from 12:00 to 1:30 PM) for a public lecture and free pizza lunch describing the inspiration behind The Museum of Broken Watches to Sheridan faculty and students. Both Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky discussed their previous art installations and the origins of the creativity and innovation behind this year’s Temporary Contemporary project.

Sheridan at Fan Expo Canada 2015

The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design ended yet another successful weekend at Fan Expo Canada with their most significant presence to date. Sheridan had one of the largest and most imposing booths that promoted seven programs including Advanced Special Effects Makeup Prosthetics and Props, Makeup for Media and Creative Arts, Technical Production for Theatre and Live Events, Bachelor of Game Design, Bachelor of Animation, Bachelor of Film and TV and Advanced Television and Film.

Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky win this year’s Temporary Contemporary award

The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design is pleased to announce this year’s winning Temporary Contemporary art installation project. Titled “Museum of Broken Watches,” artists Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky will install a unique public clock in the form of a glass-fronted case holding 720 donated analog wristwatches.

There will be a public lecture and pizza lunch on September 15th, with pizza at noon and the lecture at 12:30 in MacDonald Heaslip theatre.

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

Donate an old analog watch to the "Museum of Broken Watches" - this year's Temporary Contemporary art installation by Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky

The Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design need your broken or unwanted analog watches. Your unwanted or broken watch should have intact hour and minute hands. It does not need to have the band or glass front, but it's great if it does. The watch can be automatic, wind up, Quartz or battery-powered. We cannot use digital (LCD/LED) watches.

The Museum of Broken Watches is a temporary art installation that will be on view at Sheridan College over the course of the 2015-16 academic year.

When: You can donate starting from September 15th to October 22nd at the Animation, Arts and Design office (A100) during all office hours.

Information Session date for 2015 Italy abroad trip to be held on Wednesday, October 14th, at 6:30 PM in room B124

This year during the months of May and June 2015, 24 students from Illustration, Animation, Photography & Interior Design programs took part in Sheridan's Bachelor Programs @Italy, a unique opportunity for students to study abroad. The A-wing Showcase hallway is currently displaying the process and production of their students amazing creations during the study abroad trip.

Sheridan Creative Campus TypeForming: Carl Dair

The exhibit provides background on the life and accomplishments of Carl Dair, Canadian graphic designer, type designer, writer and teacher who created Canada’s first Latin alphabet typeface in 1967. The exhibit accompanies the premiere at Sheridan, which was held on on Sept 21, 2015, of an important film for type designers, typographers and educators in Canada and abroad. Carl Dair at Enschedé: the last days of metal type is a rare look at the techniques of metal type making and type form, and explores the significance of understanding the old ways for students and type designers today. The film will be on view at the exhibit.

When: September 21st to October 9th, 2015

Inside the making of a blockbuster: Two-time Oscar nominee, Golden Globe winner and Sheridan Animation graduate Dean DeBlois

Writer and director of "How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2", Dean DeBlois is now at the helm of the third and final installment in the dragon trilogy. Get an up close look at the creation of How to Train Your Dragon 2. DeBlois will share his approach to writing, storytelling, production and delivery. Find out the challenges faced and lessons learned throughout the entire process. See behind the scenes clips of the film’s development.

Tour Sheridan’s leading edge Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) and experience the magic of motion capture and camera tracking technology.

When: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Where: Pinewood Toronto Studios, 225 Commissioners Street, Stage 10, Toronto

Agenda: 5:30 p.m. - SIRT Tour and demo 6:30 p.m. - Dean DeBlois followed by Q & A

Please note: Tickets are now sold out

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