4 years (8 semesters)
Trafalgar Road Campus
Fees & Financial Aid
Break into the industry via the program that produces Academy Award winning animators.
Professional, hands-on instruction and creative freedom
In our Animation degree program, you’ll learn from industry professionals, using the same techniques and tools that you'll eventually need in the workplace. Using state-of-the-art software and hardware, you’ll create your own stories, designs, characters and layouts, and produce your own films.
From story pitch to finished film
Sheridan’s animation program emphasizes classical principles of animation in a variety of forms, including 2D digital, 3D and stop motion. You’ll learn the art of storyboarding and hone your life drawing, layout and digital painting skills. Working collaboratively or individually on productions, you’ll have the opportunity to explore all aspects of animation filmmaking.
After Year 3, you’ll gain professional experience during a three-month work placement. And at our annual Industry Day, employers will fly in from across North America to meet you, see your work and conduct interviews.
A reputation for excellence
Students come from all over the world to study animation at Sheridan. That’s because our Animation program has such a strong reputation. Michael Hirsh, co-founder of Nelvana, refers to Sheridan as the “Harvard of Animation.”
Our graduates go on to work in television and feature animation at major studios throughout North America.
Sheridan Animation courses are held in Oakville, Ontario.
Sheridan has been granted consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a further seven-year term starting April 29, 2019 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Animation program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 10102 Introduction to Life Drawing 3 ANIM 17198 Story Development 1 3 ANIM 14579 Principles of Layout 1 2 PNTG 13431 Introduction to Painting 2 ANIM 14178 Animation Principles 1 3 ANIM 10587 Character Design 1 2 ANIM 10003 Introduction to Digital Tools 1 2 ENGL 17889GD Composition and Rhetoric 3
Total credits: 20
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 13672 Introduction to Dynamic Anatomy 3 ANIM 10172 Story Development 2 3 ANIM 12158 Principles of Layout 2 2 ANIM 15142 Animation History 3 ANIM 10330 Animation Principles 2 3 ANIM 11179 Character Design 2 2 ANIM 10004 Introduction to Digital Tools 2 2 PNTG 29014 Digital Painting 2 Breadth Elective 3
Total credits: 23
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 22350 Exploration of Figure Analysis 3 ANIM 21888 Sequential Narrative 3 ANIM 23199 CG Layouts 3 ANIM 20065 Digital Methodologies: Dialogue, Music and Sound Effects 3 ANIM 23431 Animation: Dialogue 3 Breadth Elective 3
And choose TWO of the following three courses:
ANIM 26048 Short Film Workflow 2 ANIM 34178 3D Character Animation 2 ANIM 27900 Advanced 2D Applications 2
Total credits: 22
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 37370 Continuity, Design and Figurative Performance 3 ANIM 30102 Storyboarding: Advanced Story 3 ANIM 34579 Layout: Pre-Production 3 ANIM 17721 Stop Motion 3 ANIM 30066 Animation Performance & Process 3 Breadth Elective 3 COWT 10023 Co-op Forum 1
And choose ONE of the following two courses:
ANIM 26529 2D Digital Character Animation 3 ANIM 25288 3D Modelling 3
Total credits: 22
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 37721 Exploring Character and Costume 3 ANIM 30261 Storyboarding: Project Development 2 ANIM 31799 Layout: Production 3 ANIM 30123 Animation: Production 4 Breadth Elective 3
And choose ONE of the following three courses:
ANIM 20000 Advanced Stop Motion 3 ANIM 35436 Concept Art 3 ANIM 30689 3D Rigging and Set Up 3
Total credits: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 40049 Senior Animation Project 6 Breadth Elective 3
And choose ONE of the following three courses:
ANIM 44310 Advanced Figure Drawing and Art Direction 3 ANIM 46529 Digital Methodologies: Final Frame 2D 3 ANIM 44049 Digital Methodologies: Final 3D Frame Creation 3
Total credits: 12
Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
- English, Grade 12 (ENG4U)
- One Visual Arts credit (Grade 11 or 12 U, M or O level or equivalent postsecondary credit course)
- Four other Grade 12 subjects (U or M)
- Minimum 65% overall average
- Two semesters of postsecondary education including required English (ENG4U) or equivalent and Visual Arts course listed above with a minimum 65% overall average
Applicants are required to submit a portfolio. The detailed portfolio requirements including due date and submission instructions will be posted in your Sheridan Application Portal. Please note that there is a portfolio assessment fee.
Sample portfolio instructions for reference purposes only are also available.
Eligible applicants are selected based on previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including the required courses listed above), plus the results of their portfolio.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program may be advised individually regarding other related programs.
English Language Proficiency
All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan's English Proficiency Requirements.
Academic progress in the program is based on meeting the requirements of an internal academic policy that outlines course and program grade standards, as well as pre- and co-requisites. This policy is distributed to students at the commencement of the program.
Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions).
Employers regard our animators as the cream of the crop; Sheridan graduates routinely go straight to work for top-flight studios and firms in feature films, television animation, gaming and advertising.
Advanced Entry Challenge Exams
Get credit for what you know
Sheridan recognizes and appreciates that advanced learning doesn’t always require standard classroom instruction, and that opportunities to advance skills and learn new technologies are everywhere.
If you have significant knowledge and experience in programming, web development, database and/or networking, you may choose to complete Advanced Entry Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (AEPLAR) Challenge Exams for academic credit towards your Sheridan Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma.
How do Challenge Exams work?
AEPLAR Challenge Exams are administered by and through the Sheridan College Assessment Centre or through an approved Test Centre. There are fees to write each exam (an Assessment Centre fee and a Challenge Exam fee).
Your completed Challenge Exam(s) will be evaluated to determine whether you’re eligible for credit in one or more courses within the identified program streams.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Advanced Standing credits are subject to Sheridan’s policies and procedures. Learn more about Sheridan’s Credit Transfer policies and procedures.
I have previous postsecondary education. Should I write a Challenge Exam?
No. Challenge Exams are designed for applicants with knowledge and experience gained outside of formal education. If you have previous postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply for Advanced Standing instead — you may be eligible to apply your previously earned credits towards your new program at Sheridan.
What subjects can I complete Challenge Exams for?
Challenge Exams for applicants to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program are designed to test skills in specific knowledge streams within this program:
- Programming – Introductory
- Programming – .NET
- Programming – Advanced Java
- Web Development
- Operating Systems
- Software Design
- Mobile App Development – Android
- Mobile App Development – iOS
- Game Development – UNITY
You can also choose to complete Challenge Exams for specific individual courses within the Computer Systems Technology program.
Complete a free self-assessment test to help you determine whether Challenge Exams are a good option for you.
How do I apply to complete a Challenge Exam?
Step 1: Make sure you meet the program admission requirements
You must meet the program admission requirements to be eligible for admission and PLAR.
Step 2: Complete a free self-assessment
Complete a free self-assessment test for each knowledge stream you wish to challenge. This will help you determine whether your current skills will enable you to succeed in the Challenge Exam(s).
Step 3: Apply to Sheridan's Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma program
To be eligible to complete Challenge Exams for this program, you must select "Advanced Entry" as the level of the program on your application.
Step 4: Follow the instructions to complete your Challenge Exam(s)
Once Sheridan receives your application, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to register and pay for your Challenge Exam(s). Follow those instructions.
Once you’ve completed your Challenge Exam(s), subject matter experts in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology will evaluate them within 10 business days. The Faculty will forward your results to the Office of the Registrar, and any approved credit transfers will be posted in your Credit Transfer centre. Exam feedback will not be provided.
Step 5: Accept your offer of admission and pay your program fees
If you receive an offer of admission to Sheridan, please follow the instructions to confirm your offer and pay your fees by the due dates indicated in order to reserve your spot in the program.
We wish you success in this process and look forward to seeing you at Sheridan!
This program contains a mandatory internship for all students during the summer (May–August) between the 3rd and 4th year.
Internships are a form of work-integrated learning that links classroom learning with work experience within a professional environment. Internship work terms are related to the academic studies of the student and may be paid or unpaid. The work terms provide an opportunity to learn by doing. You'll apply theory to practice, develop a meaningful view of the working world, and cultivate an awareness of yourself as a professional.
Students receive in-class and 1-on-1 career education support to help prepare for the Internship. The Internship component is delivered by Sheridan's Co-operative Education Office, which facilitates over 1,800 Co-op/Internship work terms per year Sheridan-wide.
Learn more about Cooperative Education and Internships at Sheridan.
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2023–2024 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Fees for Canadian students$9,846.47
Fees for International students$30,145.47
Financial Aid & Awards
Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:
- Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
- Scholarships, awards and bursaries
- Work Study Assistance Program
International Entrance Scholarship
All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL and programs with tuition reduction excluded) in Spring 2023, Fall 2023 or Winter 2024 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000.
Program Critical Performance:
By the end of the program, the graduate will have demonstrated the ability to create quality animation performance through a creative and professional portfolio using principles of animation, drawing, design, cinematic storytelling, artistic expertise and innovation. The graduate will have exhibited a personal and professional commitment to artistic growth and cultural literacy that conveys passion, confidence, a collaborative and independent spirit, refined communications skills, and the adaptability to work within a dynamic animation community.
- Create animated sequences from the development of the original concept through design to final film or video production.
- Communicate ideas, believable action and emotion effectively by employing principles of animation and performance in all aspects of drawing.
- Integrate the concepts, principles and theories involved in the physics of animation in all aspects of drawing.
- Refine personal narrative voice that holistically integrates the elements of storytelling and performance in order to actively engage the audience.
- Create 2D and 3D characters and environments that reflect the integration of graphic clarity, design principles, performance principles and theoretical constructs.
- Design layouts and backgrounds that incorporate principles of composition, perspective and colour, with speed, accuracy and dexterity, using a variety of media.
- Create an animated film incorporating a range of artistic styles and techniques, reflecting the principle that form follows function.
- Coordinate and manage the production of a student film, including the aspects of cinematography, art direction and editing.
- Collaborate effectively with peers on film projects.
- Use critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies in all dimensions of development and production.
- Manage targets within the production schedule to effectively achieve completion of required tasks.
- Communicate ideas, emotion and intent effectively in visual, oral and written forms.
- Generate work that reflects initiative, creativity, adaptability and personal style.
- Create animation that incorporates the basic principles of constructive anatomy and drawing using economy of expression.
- Incorporate technology effectively in the development of animation projects.
Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design curriculum and its delivery are designed to address current social issues pertinent to the design industry. This enables students to broaden their understanding of their place within the world.
Fundamental to the vision of the program is the balance of creative and conceptual thinking with the technical and business aspects of the profession. Courses follow a logical sequence with the degree of difficulty building vertically from first year to fourth year.
The various streams provide a range of design problems building in size and scope, from simple to complex in various design sectors. The curriculum builds on fundamental introductions that ensures a strong foundation for students to apply additional more complex learning and skills developed later in the program.
Studio projects are designed to mimic professional practice and require applied theory, creativity and strong technical knowledge. Curriculum is also connected horizontally across each semester to help support the learning in courses happening simultaneously. This demonstrates the inter-connected knowledge and skills required to practice in the industry.
The program provides many opportunities that expose students to practicing professionals and professional practice. Industry leaders and representatives from professional associations like ARIDO and IDC are invited into the classroom as jurors and guest speakers throughout the four years. The internship also provides professional design work experience for students before they enter their final year of study.
The curriculum is student-centric and designed to equip students with the skills that are required for entry-level design positions and advanced study. Manual skills such as drafting, drawing and model making are developed alongside digital skills using current software. Students are also well-versed in the applicable building codes and regulations required to practice in Ontario. Students are exposed to valuable research skills and encouraged to continue their learning past graduation.
Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program aspires to:
- Develop confident, creative and critical thinkers that can solve a variety of problems thoughtfully, improving the quality of the built environment and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.
- Equip students with the tools to think independently and ethically to ensure technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision-making.
- Deliver current and relevant curriculum that incorporates equity, diversity and inclusion. This encourages students to create spaces that foster inclusivity and look at design from various perspectives within diverse communities, involving numerous stakeholders.
- Inform students regarding the various facets of the profession, engaging them with designers and industry affiliates.
- Encourage continuous professional and personal growth, instilling a desire to contribute to the profession and society at large. The program encourages students to become active participants in the design community, become members of their local Association, write their NCIDQ exams, give back to the community and become progressive leaders in the profession.
- Prepare graduates for entry-level design positions, equipped with the required knowledge and skills for employment in the diverse design industry, ensuring they possess the body of knowledge necessary to respond to social and environmental issues, while designing interior spaces that are technically proficient, code-compliant, conceptually strong, sustainable and all-inclusive.
- Provide enhanced opportunities for students to pursue post-graduate studies, employment, research and/or further their academic studies and/or credentials.
Pathways from Athletic Therapy and Kinesiology
If you've graduated from a health-science degree other than athletic therapy or kinesiology, your application will be assessed on an individual basis.
Get your Osteopathy degree in less time
This bridging program will be available in Spring/Summer 2024.
How to apply: Submit an application using the program code PBHSB.
Bridging courses (Spring/Summer Semester)
- OSTP 17927D: The Science of Osteopathy (3 credits)
- OSTP 14859: Theoretical Pathways to Osteopathy (5 credits)
- OSTP 16333: Practical Pathways to Osteopathy (1 credit)
After successfully completing the assigned bridging courses, you'll be admitted into Year 2 (Semester 3) of our Osteopathy degree. In order to earn your Osteopathy degree, you'll need to complete all courses in the remaining three years of the program, with the following exceptions.
You will additionally take:
- Year 2: OSTP 11271D: Clinical Methodology (3 credits)
- Year 2: SCIE 22437D: Human Physiology for Allied Health (2 credits)
- Year 3: SCIE 31116D: Pathophysiology for Allied Health (3 credits)
You will not need to take:*
- SCIE 26661D: Pathophysiology 1 (3 credits)
- OSTP 24645D: Structure & Function 2 – Lower Cervicals, Thorax & Upper Extremity (3 credits)
- OSTP 22482D: Applied Clinical Practice 2 (1 credit)
- FLPL 21839D: Internship Prep (1 credit)
- SCIE 39622D: Pathophysiology 2 – Systemic Interactions (3 credits)
- RESE 37626D: Statistical Methods in Health Sciences (3 credits)
- RESE 42279D: Applied Research Methods for Health Sciences (3 credits)
- BUSM 44956D: Business Entrepreneurship for Clinical Practitioners (3 credits)
- 6 Degree Breadth Electives (3 credits each)
*Athletic Therapy graduates are also exempt from the following course:
- OSTP 20782D: Clinical Experience 2 (0.5 credits)
Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.
Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.
Critical Performance Statement
Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.
Each year, Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing (CW&P) program hosts a Writer-in-Residence. The 8-month residency is awarded to a writer who embodies the distinctiveness and dynamism of the & in our program name.
In addition to working on at least one specific writing project of their own during their tenure, the Writer-in-Residence is responsible for creative leadership, mentoring and public outreach in the area of creative writing and/or publishing.
How our Writer-in-Residence supports Sheridan students
Students in our CW&P program benefit from the work and mentorship of our Writer-in-Residence, who:
- shares their expertise and experience as a creative professional and working writer;
- performs public readings from their recently published work and/or current work-in-progress;
- organizes public lectures and/or workshops; and
- works with faculty to augment existing curriculum in the area of creative writing, publishing and/or creativity.
Award-winning fiction writer, playwright and poet Kate Cayley is joining Sheridan as the 2023–24 CW&P Writer-in-Residence.
Cayley has published two short story collections and three collections of poetry, and her plays have been performed in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. She has won the Trillium Book Award, an O. Henry Prize and the Mitchell Prize for Poetry, and been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, the ReLit Award for both fiction and poetry, and the K.M. Hunter Award for Fiction.
Her writing has appeared in such literary publications as Brick, Electric Literature, Joyland, Best Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Stories, and she has been a writer-in-residence at McMaster University and the Toronto Public Library.
"Kate’s diverse work plumbs meaning, strangeness and beauty from the spaces we inhabit, even in our domestic lives, while tackling some of the big philosophical questions we all face," says Dr. Genevieve Amaral, Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Creativity. "Our Sheridan community welcomes her capacious intellect, limpid style and wonderful mentorship with full hearts, open ears, and pens, paper and keyboards at the ready!"
From ideas to impact: a masterclass in applied creativity and innovation
Are you a business lead who's looking to level up your company's culture of creativity and entrepreneurship?
Sheridan offers FREE, one-hour masterclasses on topics such as:
- Creative Strategies for an EDI-driven World
- The Science of Creativity and Innovation
- Intra- and Entrepreneurial Thinking, and
- Creative Team Leadership
These masterclasses will catalyze your climate of innovation and give your team an exclusive look into Sheridan’s one-of-a-kind graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation.*
*Advance further with our Applied Creativity and Innovation graduate certificate
Our new graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation is a great professional development (PD) opportunity for many company teams. The program teaches complex problem-solving, creativity, innovation and negotiation skills — competencies that make companies more resilient and adaptable as they face the unique challenges presented by the future of work.
Why this program is a great choice for PD:
- Flexible hours — your employees can complete their graduate certificate online, at their own pace.
- Relevant coursework – they can choose electives that are most applicable to their position at your company.
- Award-winning faculty – they’ll learn from instructors who are on the cutting-edge of creativity and innovation research.
- Practicum project – they’ll work alongside our team of experts to resolve an issue that your business is facing today — whether it’s how to leverage artificial intelligence technology, advance your sustainability efforts, update your marketing strategies, address supply chain inefficiencies or another challenge.
This new graduate certificate is currently accepting applications for Fall 2023.
Apprenticeship Exemption Test
The Apprenticeship Exemption Test (AET) provides a chance for students who are learning a skilled trade to bypass in-class studies.
In most cases, you need to score 70% or higher to pass the AET. If you score lower than 70%, you'll need to wait three months before you can try again (with some exceptions for certain exams).
Apprenticeship Exemption Tests are administered at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, through Sheridan's Assessment Centre.
Learn more about the AET, including eligibility criteria, available tests and how to register.
Sheridan is a Ministry-approved Apprenticeship Exemption Test centre, authorized through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training & Skills Development (MLITSD), for both apprentices and non-apprentices.
Honours Baccalaureate Degree
Full-time 4 years Program code: PBAAA
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