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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Sheridan Students Return from Ba@Italy Summer Abroad

Did you know that over 300 Sheridan Arts students have achieved credits towards their Bachelor degrees while studying in Italy? Sheridan’s Bachelor Programs @Italy is a unique study abroad opportunity run annually in the Spring Summer term.

Sheridan Illustration Graduate and Faculty Featured in CBC’s Exhibitionists Series

Congratulations to Sheridan Illustration faculty Hyein Lee and graduate John Soleas on their recent individual features in the CBC's Exhibitionists Series. Exhibitionists is a series of 30 minute profiles focusing on individuals who create, why they do it and the most exciting cultural happenings across Canada.

Design Students Unveil Exhibition in 2017 Toronto Offsite Design Festival

For the first time, this year the York University/Sheridan College Program in Design participated in the Toronto Offsite Design Festival. Inviting audiences to “Engage in the Unexpected”, the graduating class unveiled a preview of YSDN2017, the branding philosophy behind their capstone showcase.

Sheridan Alumni create Marvel comic starring Justin Trudeau

Award-winning illustration grads Ramón Pérez and Chip Zdarsky have suited up Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the hero in issue No. 5 of Marvel Comic’s "Civil War II: Choosing Sides". Pérez (1995), provided the illustrations and Zdarsky, a.k.a. Steve Murray (2000) wrote the story for the all-Canadian issue. The variant cover features Trudeau in a boxing ring surrounded by Canadian superhero squad Alpha Flight.


Donna Braggins
Associate Dean
Ext. 2198 | Office: A100j

Lora Tamburri
Academic Portfolio Administrator
Ext: 2786 | Office: A100

Nancy Goncalves
Program Support Specialist
Ext: 2577 | Office: A100

Lesley Brown-Paterson
Program Support Specialist
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Our Faculty

Donna Braggins - Associate Dean of the Department of Design, Illustration and Photography at Sheridan College

Donna  Braggins

Associate Dean, Design, Illustration & Photography

Donna Braggins oversees Sheridan's Design, Illustration, Photography, Interaction Design and Web Design programs. She has previously served as art director of Maclean’s and Canadian Business magazines and president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation. Currently, she serves on the board of the Registered Graphic Designers and the Curriculum Committee of Magazines Canada. Her work has won widespread recognition, with many national and international awards including the National Magazine Awards Foundation, as well as a Certificate of Excellence from the New York Type Directors Club. During her tenure at Canadian Business magazine, the publication was honoured twice as Magazine of the Year in its circulation category by the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.
Clemente Bothelo

Clemente  Botelho

Professor, Bachelor of Illustration

Clemente Botelho is an internationally published artist and educator, cycling enthusiast and Italian Art & Culture expert. Clemente was educated in Toronto, Paris and Florence Italy where he now directs a summer study abroad program. For over fifteen years, Clemente has contributed to the form and philosophy of international corporate, institutional, broadcast and publishing clients. His images and ideas have been awarded publication in Communication Arts, The Society of Illustrators (NYC), Applied Arts Awards, and American Illustration (electronic), and his paintings and collages are held in private collections in Italy, UK, and across North America. Clemente’s pedagogical basis constructs an experiential learning environment formed by focused theoretical case studies and an emphasis on the discovery of conceptual approaches through the explorative ‘making’ of ideas.

Claire Ironside

Professor, York University/Sheridan College Joint Program in Design

Claire Ironside is a designer, artist and educator who’s academic focus draw on her diverse history and practice in environmental, spatial and communication design. Specializations within her core area include visualizing data/information as a form of story telling, parametric and systems based design, and advancing sustainability and entrepreneurship through curriculum design and community involvement and collaboration. Her creative practice focuses on the design of objects, installations, experiences and processes which co-exist at the intersection of design, art, craft – for the purpose of engaging in new and emerging forms of trans-disciplinary cultural production and partnership. Prior to teaching she worked professionally as an urban designer and landscape architect in both the public and private sector.
Mark Shufflebottom

Mark Shufflebottom

First and Second Year Coordinator, Bachelor of Interaction Design

Mark Shufflebottom began his media career in 1996 building charity branding strategy. Later, he went on to join an international publisher for several years before starting at Bournemouth University. While working at Bournemouth University, Mark was honoured with the Europrix Top Talent Award for an interactive installation ‘Isolation’, and the Best of Festival Award, BEA Festival of Media Arts, 2006, in recognition of an experimental approach to game narrative. In 2011, Mark was presented with the Adobe Impact Award "in recognition of outstanding services to higher education”. In 2013, Adobe nominated Mark as part of the advisory board for Adobe Education Leaders. Mark has been invited by Adobe to several speaking engagements over the years, and taught their cutting edge online training course.
Rafael Goldchain

Rafael Goldchain

Professor, Bachelor of Photography

Rafael Goldchain is a Chilean-Canadian Jewish artist born in Santiago de Chile. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from York University (2000) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University (1980). In 1989 he received the Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography from The Canada Council for the Arts. In 2001 he accompanied Canada’s Governor General Adrienne Clarkson on official visits to Chile and Argentina. Rafael Goldchain's work has been published in several books, including Ho Tam, Frontine (Modern Press, Beijing 2011), William Ewing, Face: The New Photographic Portrait (London: Thames and Hudson, 2007) and Joan Murray, Canadian Art in the Twentieth Century (Toronto: Dundurn Press, 1999), and is the subject of two monographs: Nostalgia for an Unknown Land (Toronto: Lumiere Press, 1989) and I Am My Family (New York: Princeton Architectural Press 2008).