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Sheridan College

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

2013 logo[1]
Motto Get Creative
Established 1967
Type Public
President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky
Students 18,000 full-time; 35,000 part-time
Undergraduates Available
Postgraduates Available
Location Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Campus Suburban
Sports Team Sheridan Bruins
Colours Double Blue          
Mascot The Bruin
Affiliations CCAA, ACCC, NASAD, CBIE, Polytechnics Canada

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is a diploma and degree granting polytechnic institute in Ontario, with approximately 18,000 full-time students and 35,000 continuing education students.[2] Founded in 1967,[3] the college offers programs in animation and illustration, music theatre, film and design, business, applied computing, engineering technology, community studies, and liberal studies.[4][5][6] There are campuses in Oakville, Brampton,[7] and Mississauga.[8]


  • History 1
    • Founding 1.1
    • Contributions to animation 1.2
    • University status 1.3
  • Academics 2
    • Faculties and Schools 2.1
    • Programs 2.2
    • Research Initiatives 2.3
  • Campuses 3
    • Davis Campus 3.1
    • Trafalgar Campus 3.2
    • Hazel McCallion Campus 3.3
  • Student life 4
    • Publications 4.1
    • Athletics 4.2
  • People 5
    • Presidents 5.1
    • Notable alumni 5.2
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8



Sheridan College was established in 1967. The "School of Graphic Design" was located in Brampton, Ontario until 1972, when it moved to the new campus in Oakville, Ontario. The Brampton campus was a converted public school. The school and area were replaced by residential homes. The new Oakville location was still under construction when classes began, half way through the school year, in early 1973. The classes were held in a large open area under triangular skylights which allowed excellent lighting for the students. That building has become merged with many other structures as extensive expansion of the campus has occurred on an ongoing basis. The main courses taught that year were graphic design, fashion design, and animation.

Contributions to animation

In the 1960s and early 1970s, the Canadian animation industry was little formed and virtually non-existent,[6] excepting animation pioneers of the National Film Board.[5][6] and such Canadian studios as Crawley Films in Ottawa and The Guest Group in Toronto, a group of creative companies owned and run by Al Guest.

The situation began to change in the late 1960s with Rocket Robin Hood, which was produced by Al Guest and his partner Jean Mathieson. In 1968 President Porter organized the school's first course in classical animation, even though at the time there was little evidence of demand for graduates.[5] The school took advantage of the closing of Al Guest's studio following the production of Rocket Robin Hood and were able to buy up the cameras and animation equipment. Subsequently Guest and Mathieson served as creative advisors to Sheridan and hired a number of Sheridan graduates as key personnel for their new studio Rainbow Animation.

In 1984, Sheridan student John Minnis created the short animation piece Charade. The five-minute film was animated by Minnis with Pantone markers on paper during a single three-month summer term at Sheridan College. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 57th Academy Awards.[9] As Sheridan's animation department continued to grow, it produced hundreds of animators into Canadian and international studios, at one point in 1996 being called "the Harvard of animation schools" on "a worldwide basis" by animator Michael Hirsh. A significant number of graduates have held key positions at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Don Bluth Productions, Pixar Animation Studios, and DreamWorks Animation, both for traditional and CGI animation.[5] Sheridan graduates include five Academy Award nominees and two winners,[10] and in 2005, animation professor Kaj Pindal won an Emmy Award.[11]

University status

Incumbent President Dr. Jeff Zabudsky announced in 2012 that Sheridan College would seek to become a university in the next seven years.[12]


Faculties and Schools

  • Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design
  • Pilon School of Business
  • Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Applied Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Continuing and Professional Studies & SheridanCorporate


The college has more than 130 programs leading to degrees, certificates, diplomas, and post-graduate diplomas.[3] Sheridan College has a music theatre performance program, undergraduate and post-graduate film programs, and a craft and design program. They have courses in business, animation, illustration, applied computing, engineering technology, community studies, and liberal studies, among others.[7] In 2012, art and design programs within Sheridan's Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design were recognized by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) to have "substantially equivalent" membership status. (NASAD's nomenclature for non U.S. members) Sheridan is only the second art institution in Canada to achieve this status.

Research Initiatives

Sheridan Elder Research Center (SERC)

The college has multiple research facilities, including the Sheridan Elder Research Center (SERC). SERC researchers' stated mission is to enhance quality of life for older individuals, by developing, testing, and implementing new and realistic solutions to improve the day-to-day experiences of elders and their families.[13]

Screen Industries Research and Training Center (SIRT)

Opened at Pinewood Toronto Studios in 2010, Screen Industries Research and Training Center (SIRT) is a digital media sound stage and post-production facility that focuses on 2D and 3D stereoscopic production processes. SIRT was conceived and launched by Sheridan College to operate in connection to the creative industries and three levels of the Canadian government. The Center's stated mission is to conduct high-level research on film, digital cinema, and high-definition technologies in all levels of production and display. The University of Waterloo announced in July 2010 that funding was awarded for joint research between their film department and SIRT.[14]


Sheridan College, Davis campus
Sheridan College, Trafalgar campus

Sheridan College has three campuses located in Ontario:

Davis Campus

Located in Brampton (7899 McLaughlin Road) serves approximately 8,000 students.

Trafalgar Campus

Located in Oakville (1430 Trafalgar Road), serves 8,380 students.[7][15] Home of the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design.

Hazel McCallion Campus

Located in Mississauga (4180 Duke of York Boulevard), opened in September 2011. It was approved by the Mississauga City Council on October 28, 2009. Its initial phase of development is intended for approximately 2,000 students, with an additional 3,700 students to be accommodated later.[8] Residential dorms are currently only at Trafalgar and Davis campuses.[4]

Student life


The journalism school produces the Sheridan Sun, an online and print newspaper with a circulation of approximately 2,000.[16]


An informal hockey team was formed by students in Sheridan's first year of operation, 1967. The team officially joined the newly created Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) the next year, along with 20 other new hockey teams from throughout Canada. The Bruins won their Central Division, also participating in the very first Provincial Championship tournament. The hockey team was discontinued after a successful history in 1992, with the void filled by other Bruins Varsity sports.[17] Apart from intramural sports, Sheridan College currently has men's and women's Varsity teams for basketball, soccer, and volleyball. They are still associated with the OCAA.[18]


Sheridan College graduates


Date Name
1967 – 1981 Jack Porter[5]
1981 – 1988 Don Shields
1988 – 1996 Mary Hofstetter
1997 – 2001 Sheldon Levy[19]
2001 – 2010 Robert Turner[20]
2010 – present Jeff Zabudsky[21]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ Picklyk, Doug (November 15, 2013). "Sheridan College unveils new visual identity". Design Edge Canada. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sheridan College Canada". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Profile of Sheridan College: Oakville, Ontario". Canadian Universities. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Sheridan College Profile". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Wood, Chris (June 24, 1996). "Sheridan College: Animation Program Acclaimed". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  6. ^ a b c Wood, Chris (June 24, 1996). "Canadians Succeed in Animation". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  7. ^ a b c "Sheridan College, Ontario". Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  8. ^ a b "Council Approves Lease Agreement For Sheridan Campus in City Centre".  
  9. ^ "Charade (1984)".  
  10. ^ "Sheridan grad up for an Academy Award". Sheridan College Releases. January 26, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  11. ^ "TOP Animation Schools". Edutainment Unlimited. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  12. ^ "Sheridan wants to become a university". Toronto Star. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  13. ^ "Government of Canada Invests in Community Jobs and Growth". Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. October 12, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  14. ^ "Government of Canada helps colleges get research results out into their communities". Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. June 18, 2009. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  15. ^ "Sheridan College". The Star. August 21, 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  16. ^ "About". The Sheridan Sun. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  17. ^ "Bruins Hockey History". Sheridan College. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  18. ^ "Bruins Varsity". Sheridan Bruins. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  19. ^ "Williams Communications Canada, Inc. and Cisco Systems Canada Deliver State-of-the-art IP Network to Sheridan College".  
  20. ^ "Dr. Robert Turner, Past President, Sheridan College to Share Thought Leadership & Experiences about Crisis Communications on Campus". April 26, 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  21. ^ Atkinson, Susan (December 7, 2009). "Dr. Jeff Zabudsky welcomed as 6th President of Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in its 42 year history". Sheridan Media Releases. Retrieved 2011-02-25. 
  22. ^ "Jon Klassen: Bringing Stories to Life". Sheridan College. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  23. ^ Jason Rivera (c. 2000). "An interview with John". Retrieved 2009-12-27. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
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