About the Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

The Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design (FAAD) is Canada’s largest art school.

Internationally recognized for our outstanding programs, we offer you a solid education across the creative spectrum.

 

  • Programs 37
  • Full-Time Students 5,522
  • Alumni nominated for Emmys 24
  • Alumni nominated for Oscars 18
  • Oscar winning alumni 7

Highlights

Blown Away on Netflix

Blown Away, a new television series airing internationally on Netflix this summer, aims to uncover the complexity of working with glass.

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni from Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Craft and Design (Glass) program contributed significantly to the show’s development and are featured heavily throughout nine of the ten episodes. With Netflix’s unique ability to reach over 139 million subscribers, Sheridan’s contribution to the technical and artistic aspects of this ancient and intricate artform will be at the forefront of your next binge-watching experience.

Sheridan Illustration professor Joe Morse wins children's picture book award

Long-time Honours Bachelor of Illustration professor and program coordinator, Joe Morse, alongside author Wab Kinew, has been recognized with the Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Picture Book Award. Their book, Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes, recognizes the significant contributions of Indigenous people throughout history.

Honours Bachelor of Film and Television student chosen for the 2019 CBC New Indigenous Voices training program

Congratulations to Chyann Maracle, a 2019 graduate of our Honours Bachelor of Film and Television (BFTV) program – and one of only two Ontarians to be selected for the 2019 CBC New Indigenous Voices training program presented by The National Screen Institute (NSI).

Through the 2019 CBC New Indigenous Voices program, Chyann hopes to develop a stronger connection between her Indigenous identity and her identity as a filmmaker.

Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance & Theatre and Drama Studies alumni are nominated at the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Congratulations to our alumni who are nominated at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards this year. We are proud to see the incredible talents of our students and alumni being recognized in the performing arts industry.

Seven Sheridan alumni from our Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance and Theatre and Drama Studies programs were nominated in four categories.

Art Hives at Sheridan

Members of the Sheridan community came together to contribute to an exciting exhibition called collectiveEYEdentity, which opened May 10 with an Art Hive in the Trafalgar Library Learning Commons.

The collectiveEYEdentity exhibition will be on display there until August 15.

Sheridan’s Art Hive Initiative is led by Art Fundamentals faculty member Susan Beniston (MFA, ATR-BC, RCAT), who is a visual arts educator, a board-certified art therapist, and faculty peer coach with the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Graduating Student Awards 2019

Seven outstanding new artworks made by our talented graduating students in the Faculty of Animation, Arts, and Design have been acquired by Sheridan through the Graduating Student Awards 2019 program.

About FAAD

At FAAD, we train performers, animators, filmmakers, designers and artists like you to realize your full potential. You come here for the challenge of being different — and to make a difference — through your creative explorations.

Our renowned faculty members come from industry which means you receive a professionally relevant education that also makes you highly employable in your field. FAAD also gives you the chance to learn the latest technologies and offers opportunities to collaborate with students from other disciplines and faculties for a balanced education.

As a FAAD graduate, you leave with a rare combination of artistic talent, professionalism and technical sophistication. You’ll be poised for success — and prepared to make your creativity a force for change.

The arts and design programs in our faculty are considered to be substantially equivalent according to the standards of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Animation Career Review released their top 100 international Animation school rankings with Sheridan in third place worldwide. The review said of Sheridan: "This is one of the most respected schools in the world by students and other schools alike."

Our Leadership

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Ronni Rosenberg

Dean
Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Ronni Rosenberg completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto in art and art history. After receiving an MFA in photography and printmaking from Pratt institute, she accepted a position in the Fine Art Department at the State University of New York at Stony Brook to design and develop the photography and printmaking studios in their newly constructed facility. 

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Maija Saari

Associate Dean
Film, Television & Journalism

Maija Saari is the Associate Dean for the Department of Film, Television and Journalism in the Faculty of Animation, Art and Design. Maija is responsible for a cluster of eight programs, including Media Fundamentals, Media Arts, Advanced Television and Film, Journalism-Print, Journalism-Broadcast, Journalism-New Media, Corporate Communications and Makeup for Media and Creative Arts.

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Heather Whitton

Heather Whitton

Associate Dean
Material Arts & Design

Heather Whitton was appointed Associate Dean in the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design in 2007.  She provides academic leadership for the following programs: Bachelor of Interior Design, Bachelor of Craft and Design (Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Textiles and Industrial Design), Visual & Creative Arts diploma and advanced diploma, Interior Decorating diploma, Visual Merchandising Arts diploma and Art Fundamentals certificate.

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

Donna Braggins

Associate Dean
Design, Illustration & Photography

Donna Braggins is Associate Dean at Sheridan College, responsible for 5 programs including Design, Illustration, Photography, Interaction Design and Web Design. She has previously served as art director of Maclean’s and Canadian Business magazines and president of the National Magazine Awards Foundation.

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Angela Stukator

Associate Dean
Animation & Game Design

Angela has over twenty years of experience in animation, film and digital media education at the post-secondary level. She studied in three countries, achieving a BA from Brock University, a MA from State University of New York at Buffalo, and a PhD from the University of Bristol. She has been at Sheridan College since August 2003.

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Mary Jane Carroll

Mary Jane Caroll

Associate Dean 
Visual & Performing Arts

Mary Jane owned and operated her own interior design firm for 10 years with clients such as Cooper Corporation and Quorum Funding Corporation. Most recently, she developed a specialized post-diploma program at Sheridan called "Aging in Place Design Specialist".

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Events and Exhibitions

The Middle Child 2019

Date: July 15 - 25, 2019
Location: Women's Art Association of Canada, 23 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto

Join us as we celebrate our Art and Art History students and their exhibition: The Middle Child 2019.

This annual exhibition showcases the work of 3rd-year students from the joint Sheridan/University of Toronto Mississauga program. The show features work made and curated by the students, with space graciously provided by the Women's Art Association of Canada.

Philanthropitch

Date: October 3, 2019
Time: 6 pm - 9 pm
Location: The Marquee

At Sheridan's Trafalgar Campus, social entrepreneurs take the stage for an evening of compelling pitches that address the social issues of today - and tomorrow - as part of the first-ever The EDGE Philanthropitch.

Registration to attend The EDGE Philanthropitch opens on August 26 via Eventbrite.

Explore our Programs

Animation and Game Design

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Design, Illustration and Photography

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Film, TV & Journalism

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Material Art and Design

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Visual and Performing Arts

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