Animation and Game Design


Home to Canada's largest arts school, Sheridan College has been teaching animation since 1971, and today offers a four-year bachelor's degree in animation, as well as three post-graduate programs in computer animation, visual effects and character animation. Our graduates include Oscar nominees and winners who have helped fuel the surge in popularity of animated films by studios including Pixar, DreamWorks and Disney. At home, Sheridan graduates can be found at studios including Guru, Corus, Cuppa Coffee, and Arc, among others. Most recently, Animation Career Review named Sheridan as No. 1 among the top 100 animation schools in the world. Sheridan also offers an innovative Bachelor of Game Design and a cluster of high-demand graduate certificate programs in the gaming discipline.

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Ottawa International Animation Festival draws talent to Canada’s capital including films by Sheridan students and alumni

Six Sheridan students and five alumni films screened at the 43rd annual Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) from September 25 to 29, 2019.

The Sheridan-affiliated filmmakers and artists involved in this year’s selections studied in various arts programs including Honours Bachelor of Animation, Honours Bachelor of Illustration, Honours Bachelor of Arts – Art and Art History and Media Arts.

CBC showcases four Sheridan student films for Absolutely Canadian series

Four films by students from three Sheridan arts programs have been licensed by CBC for Toronto Reel Shorts and Toronto Docs 2019, part of its Absolutely Canadian independent film showcase. Three of the films aired on CBC Toronto television this summer and one, Family Affair, will be broadcast September 21 at 7 p.m.

All four Sheridan student films will be available to stream on CBC Gem until January 2021.

The Hollywood Reporter lists Sheridan in their Top Ten Visual Effects Schools List

The Hollywood Reporter has listed Sheridan on their annual roster of the 10 best visual effects schools for our Visual Effects program.

Student work pictured: Visual effects by alum Yan Dai.

Summer at Sheridan: A look into our Drawing for Animators program

Each summer, up to 260 aspiring high-school animators come to Sheridan to participate in our Drawing for Animators program. We stopped by the Animation 101 course to capture some of the magic that happens in the classroom.

Leveling Up: The Fourth Year Game Design Experience

Honours Bachelor of Game Design students enter their pivotal fourth and final year at Sheridan harnessing the skills attained throughout the program with their sights set on the ultimate goal: launching into the industry. Learn more about the Game Design capstone studio and our student's games on Sheridan Curiosities.

Sheridan College Ranks as number one Animation school in the World

Sheridan is the top animation school in the world, according to Animation Career Review’s 2019 rankings of the top international animation colleges in the world, excluding the U.S.

Animation Career Review considered more than 160 institutions outside of the U.S. and conducted its analysis by assessing academic reputation, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of program, and value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness.


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Our Faculty


Michel Hannan

Faculty, Bachelor of Animation

Michel Hannan worked as an Interactive Artist, Web 7 Children’s Interactive Developer, Animator, Illustrator, Designer and Textile mapping artist for the children's interactive software division of Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. Her other work includes time as a Project Producer for Fisher price for After the Beanstalk, Warner Brothers' Quest for Camelot and Animaniacs game pack, Western Town, Castles, Big Action Garage and the Davidson title, Kid Phonics. Before joining Sheridan, Michelle was a visiting Full Time Professor of Animation at Loyola Marymount University.

Kristian Howald

Faculty, Computer Animation, Digital Creature Animation – Technical Direction, Visual Effects

Kris is an award winning computer graphics artist with two decades of experience in animation and visual effects. After graduating from Sheridan College’s prestigious Classical and Computer Animation programs Kris has been working in both the episodic and commercial industries. He has worked on a wide range of projects including Transformer's: Beast Wars, station ID's for YTV, Teletoon, WB Kids, Space, Disney's Jetix, and commercials for Gatoraid, Expedia, and Coke Zero to name a few. Kris has become a creative generalist, adept in technical and artistic skills. Even though Kris appreciates the more left brain elements, he still believe that imagination is paramount. Kris went back to his roots, and for the past 10 years he has been a full time Professor with Sheridan College's Post Graduate Computer Animation program, where he strives to create an inspiring, high energy, and creative learning environment.

Jeffrey Pidsadny

Coordinator, Game Level Design

Jeff Pidsadny is a Professor and Program Coordinator in the Game Level Design program. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture, receiving his Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Architecture. While practicing architecture in Vancouver Jeff changed professions and began working in the video game industry with Radical Entertainment. In 2004 he received “the offer he couldn’t refuse” from Rockstar Games San Diego, shipping several titles before returning to Ontario where he has been teaching at Sheridan since 2012. In 2016, he earned his M.A in Interactive Design and Game Development from Savannah College of Art and Design. Jeff's extensive portfolio includes games such as Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption, The Simpsons Hit & Run, and The Simpsons Road Rage.

Christopher Somerville

Faculty, Bachelor of Animation

Chris Somerville, M.F.A. Professor of Animation FAAD, B.A. Animation Chris is an award winning Animator and Art Director who has collaborated with several animation shops in Toronto since 1998. Spending the majority of his commercial career as a Senior Art Director with Alliance Atlantis. Chris is a 3D Animation and digital design specialist and a Professor of Computer Animation and Modeling in Maya. His work has appeared on several Canadian and International Networks, with numerous television commercials, show openings, film titles, and broadcast network branding projects to his credit. In 2016 Chris earned a Post Graduate M.F.A, in Interactive Design and Game Development from Savannah College of Art and Design.
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Chris Walsh

Coordinator, Bachelor of Animation

Chris has worked extensively as a commercial stop motion animator on a variety of internationally broadcast television programs. He holds an MFA in Film Studies (York University, 2007), a BA in Film Studies and English Literature (Wilfrid Laurier University, 1993), and a Diploma in Media Arts (Sheridan College, 1998). At Sheridan, he teaches animation history, stop motion animation, mentors 4th year films, and lectures on aspects of story. Chris is an active filmmaker, concerned with themes such as family bonds, fairy tales, local histories, and cinema's role in our everyday lives. His films have been screened internationally, including the Toronto International Film Festival and The Ottawa International Animation Festival. Big fan of David Lynch and Felix The Cat.