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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2017 Illustration Grad Exhibition | UNSEEN

Congratulations to Sheridan’s Illustration Class of 2017! You’ve seen hints and glimpses over the years, and now the graduating class is revealing the UNSEEN.

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.

#TBT Alumni | Elijah Monroe

Since graduating from the Honours Bachelor of Photography program in 2016, Elijah Monroe has been an active member of the Sheridan community and beyond. Currently, Elijah is working as the Research Assistant for Sheridan’s Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support.

Sheridan Bachelor Programs Study Abroad in Italy

Earlier this year, 26 students from Bachelors programs in Illustration, Animation, Photography, Interior Design and Craft & Design participated in a unique study abroad opportunity in Italy. Currently on view in the A wing Showcase hallway is the process and production of their amazing efforts.

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.

Sheridan’s Illustration Wing Unveils New Mural

A new mural exploring transformation and travel has just been unveiled in the Illustration Wing of Trafalgar Campus. "Crossing Paths" is the collaborative effort of a group of illustration students under the supervision and guidance of illustration faculty Joe Morse and Ted Zourntos.

The Embarrassment Show comes to Sheridan College

The Embarrassment Show workshop is an approach to creative thinking developed by Dutch creative director, curator and artist Erik Kessels. Originally conducted with a group of 2nd year photography students in Switzerland, the Embarrassment Show has developed into a travelling exhibition. Earlier in May, the project was brought to Sheridan College’s Trafalgar campus for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Illustration students.

Sheridan Bachelor of Photography Grad Show: 57 Voices

Captured through the lenses of this year’s graduating Bachelor of Photography students, 57 Voices illustrates diverse perceptions of the conceptual, technical, and aesthetic possibilities of photography as a professional medium. This exhibition is presented as a part of the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and is curated by Clare Vander Meersch (director of photography, The Globe and Mail magazines).

Sheridan Bachelor of Illustration Grad Show: The Neighbourhood

Congratulations to Sheridan College’s Illustration Class of 2016. The graduates of the award-winning Sheridan Illustration degree program each contributed to a collection of images that together form a broad illustrated landscape. Browse the students’ work, catch up on the opening, and get to know the Neighbourhood in our online gallery.

Sheridan Illustration alumni wins Society of Illustrators silver medal

Bachelor of Illustration faculty member and Sheridan alumni – Peter Ryan – was awarded a Silver Medal in Editorial Illustration by the Society of Illustrators of New York for his piece “Christians in the City”. The artwork will be included in an exhibition of winning images at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City between February 3-27, 2016.


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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

Professor, 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.
Gillian Chubb

Gillian Chubb

Coordinator, Web Design

Gillian Chubb is the architect and coordinator of the Web Design Graduate Certificate program. She joined the advertising division of Loblaws in 1983 where she further developed her design and marketing skills on such innovative products as the President’s Choice® and the Insider’s Report ® brands. From 1987-89 she was a partner in Thirdwave, Toronto’s first private sector, computer graphics specific training facility.

She first joined Sheridan as a part time instructor in the Computer Graphics and Computer Animation programs in 1987. A few years later she accepted a full time faculty position and soon began developing curriculum in the then nascent area of interaction design. She introduced Hypercard to the program in the early ‘90’s and over the next decade she evolved the Computer Graphics program into New Media Design and later Web Design in 2004.
Rafael Goldchain

Rafael Goldchain

Coordinator, Bachelor of Photography (On sabbatical)

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).