Animation and Game Design

Welcome

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 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.

York/Sheridan Design and Game Design students win top prizes in Adobe Spring Creative Jam and Adobe Design Achievement Awards 2019

With their passion for design challenges and hackathons, third-year York/Sheridan Design student Thano Sipsis and Game Design student, Ata Dogan, entered the Adobe Spring Creative Jam in May 2019.

Using User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design – Thano and Ata created Travapet, an app that helps pet owners by mapping out and simplifying the process of traveling with pets. This process includes obtaining vaccination proofs, filling out import documents, finding compatible airlines and booking flights. The app won first place in the Adobe Spring Creative Jam.

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.

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.

Contact

Catherine Tamas
Interim Associate Dean
Ext. 8582

Susan Anderson-Wilcox
Office Manager/Academic Portfolio Administrator
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Lesley Brown-Paterson
Program Support Specialist
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Barbara Mathieu
Program Support Specialist
Ext. 2392

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, Michel 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 Howald 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 Transformers: 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 believes that imagination is paramount. Kris went back to his roots. For the past ten 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 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 Walsh 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 the 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.