Design, Illustration and Photography


The Department of Design, Illustration, and Photography is comprised of four-degree programs, including Bachelor of Illustration, Bachelor of Photography, the York/Sheridan Program in Design and Bachelor of Interaction Design. The department also offers a unique graduate certificate in Web Design. These programs have exceptionally high rates of employment among graduates. They carry international currency, as students are prepared for industry change and opportunity through real-world experience and internships. Our alumni find success in the entire range of industry sectors—from information design to editorial illustration to fashion photography and more.

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Photography Student Sharpens Focus on People Experiencing Homelessness

Leah den Bok had a marked advantage heading into an assignment for a second-year photography class at Sheridan. “50 strangers” challenges students to capture 50 photos of people unknown to them. It’s an exercise in portraiture, working in unmediated conditions and interacting with unfamiliar subjects. Now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, den Bok has continued her black-and-white portrait series to spotlight the disproportionate challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness.

Celebrating Student Achievement Virtually at Sheridan

Every year, Sheridan hosts Animation Industry Day and 20 other grad shows, and academic awards celebrations like it. They’re a long-standing tradition that brings students together with industry supporters, donors, and faculty members to celebrate accomplishments over the past year. In many programs in the Faculty of Animation, Arts, and Design, graduating students put their best work forward to be critiqued by professionals in the field, and awards are presented at the shows.

So what happens when a pandemic hits? Somehow, the shows must go on. Our faculty teams behind them were committed to nothing less.

Interaction Design student wins national and provincial co-op awards

Honours Bachelor of Interaction Design student Christina Weng has been named 2019 Student of the Year for Co-operative Education at a College by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), the country’s lead organization for Work-Integrated Learning (WIL). Weng also received provincial recognition as the Education at Work Ontario college co-op student of the year, beating out five other finalists.

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.

Design students recognized at RGD's 2019 Student Awards

Congratulations to our students in the joint York/Sheridan Design program who were recognized by The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) 2019 Student Awards with National Awards of Excellence, Awards for Specialty, and Honorable Mentions. Each student's work was selected out of 973 submissions from 462 design students attending 34 post-secondary schools across Canada.

Awarded students:

Amy Assabgui, Kael Bosland, Alex Blechta, Hillary Chen, Ata Dogan, Hannah Drynan, Madison Dumas, Mohit Gupta, Fares Issa, Holden Kao, DoHyun Kim, Channon Leathley, Jay Lintag, Valery Marier, Yasmin Mukino, Ian Orden, Athanasios Sipsis, Cheston Sin, Kori Skeffington, Shanil Patel, Luxvna Uthayakumar, Leah Wei, and Candice Zhou.

NASCAR driver races in a helmet designed by Bachelor of Illustration student Mikayla Bianchin

At the historic Watkins Glen International raceway in New York on August 4, Sheridan College student Mikayla Bianchin watched as NASCAR driver #88 Alex Bowman took to the track in a helmet she designed.

The 18-year-old artist, who is studying in the Bachelor of Illustration program, created a look for Bowman that brings awareness to cystic fibrosis, the progressive disease with which she lives.


Donna Braggins
Associate Dean
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Lora Tamburri
Academic Portfolio Administrator
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Nancy Goncalves
Program Support Specialist
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Our Faculty

Joe Morse

Joe Morse

Coordinator, Bachelor of Illustration

Joe Morse recently received his second inclusion in the 200 Best Illustrators in the World directory. His 25 years as an illustrator have featured clients like Nike, Coca-Cola, NBA, MLB, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, GQ, and Fortune. He has published the illustrated books: Play Ball, Jackie! and Hoop Genius.
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Myles Bartlett

Third and Fourth Year Coordinator, Bachelor of Interaction Design

Myles Bartlett is an artist, designer, and educator who has spent over ten years teaching in various post-secondary institutions in the areas of Digital Art, Interactivity Design, Broadcast Design, Video/Film Production, and Art/Design Fundamentals. Myles was an Art Director at TELETOON Studios Inc. He directed the art department responsible for Promax BDA award-winning Broadcast, Print, and Interactive Design in support of the eight unique TELETOON Inc. brands. This work spanned three national and two regional cable networks, including the TELETOON, TELETOON Retro and Cartoon Network properties. His research interests include interactive digital storytelling and contemporary practice in broadcast design.
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Renée Alleyn

Faculty, York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in Design

Renée Alleyn’s teaching is grounded both in design practice and critical theory. She has fifteen years of experience as an editorial and communications designer, working for a range of clients and at publications including Chatelaine, Toronto Life, and the National Post. She holds undergraduate degrees in graphic design (Ontario College of Art & Design) and women’s studies (University of Victoria). Her Master’s degree in Communication and Culture (York University) saw her investigate the social and political positioning of magazines in Canada. She teaches undergraduate courses on diverse subjects, including typography and type making, communication design, and design research, history, and studies. Her research interests investigate the intersection of type and design communications with our experience of self and society.
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Andrew Hladkyj

Coordinator, Web Design

Andrew Hladkyj has over 20 years of experience in the interactive industry. In a full-time capacity, he has been a creative lead for large scale projects such as interactive television trials, pharmaceutical websites, and various online marketing campaigns. For over a decade, he has been teaching at Sheridan College and York University for the YSDN Program in Design and, more recently, Sheridan’s Web Design Graduate Certificate Program. His passion for teaching is evidenced by his well-received talk at the RGD Design Educators Conference and prototyping innovative teaching tools. And his passion for learning continues with his graduate studies in Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes). When he isn’t obsessing over the latest apps and gadgets, Andrew contributes his time and energy to local charities, community initiatives, and elementary school design workshops.
Angela Iarocci

Angela Iarocci

Coordinator, York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in Design

Angela Iarocci's background is in industrial design and architecture. She has been involved in numerous large-scale projects, exhibits, monuments and interpretive installations. Her clients have included The Royal Ontario Museum, The Ontario Science Centre, and Harbourfront Centre.