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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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Highlights

Sheridan Animation grad Domee Shi wins Oscar for Bao

Winners of the 91st Academy Awards, which recognize excellence in cinematic achievements, were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday (Feb. 24). Along with Bao, over one-dozen animation alumni were part of the team that worked on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which took home the award for Best Animated Feature.

Game Design students shine at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco

The annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California is the world’s largest professional game industry event. A contingent of students were among the attendees at this year’s GDC from March 19 to 22, showcasing their work and representing Sheridan on an international stage.

Seventeen Sheridan alumni take Canadian Screen Awards

An impressive 17 Sheridan alumni were recognized at the Canadian Screen Awards on March 31, 2019 in Toronto.

Grads won across 11 categories, with Michael Fukushima (Animation ’85) winning in two categories: Best Animated Short for Animal Behaviour, and Best Virtual Reality Game for Museum of Symmetry.

Fifty Years at the Forefront of Teaching Art in Motion

Some have called it the Harvard of Animation. Others refer to it as Disney North.

One thing is clear: Sheridan Animation has earned its place as a world-leading destination for animation education. How did a suburban Toronto school garner such widespread attention and acclaim? There’s no better time than a fiftieth anniversary to stop and take stock.

Sheridan alumni help animate Golden Globe-winning animated feature

Sheridan alumni helped power the web-slinging antics seen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which took home top animation honours at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.

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Our Faculty

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

Faculty, 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.