Animation program at Sheridan in Oakville tops among Canadian schools

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Published July 13, 2023 at 3:43 pm

Domee Shi, on right, is one of five Sheridan College animation graduates to win an Oscar. The Oakville school was recently named Canada’s top animation college for a fifth consecutive year. SHERIDAN COLLEGE PHOTO

Five times the charm for Sheridan College’s animation department in Oakville.

The local academic institution has been named Canada’s top animation college for the fifth consecutive year according to Animation Career Review’s (ACR) annual rankings.

Sheridan also placed second in Animation Career Review’s international category (which excludes U.S. schools); marking the third straight year the school has placed second in that category and the fifth year running it has finished in the top two.

Only one other Canadian school (Emily Carr University of Art and Design, British Columbia) finished in the top 12 of this year’s international category. Gobelins in France topped this year’s international list.

To come up with the 2023 Top 50 international animation colleges, ACR reviewed nearly 200 schools from across the globe that offer formal degree programs (bachelor’s degree or equivalent).

Criteria to determine the rankings included academic reputation, employment data, admission selectivity, depth and breadth of programs, and value in relation to tuition and indebtedness.

“In addition to being a pioneer in animation education — including being the first college in Canada to teach classical animation more than 50 years ago, and then again the first to offer instruction in computer animation — Sheridan proudly continues to be an international leader in this booming industry,” says Dr. Janet Morrison, Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor.

“This latest recognition from Animation Career Review further cements that reputation and is a testament to the creativity and dedication of our faculty members, exceptional alumni and immensely talented students.”

Canada’s largest art school, Sheridan offers an Honours Bachelor of Animation degree. The four-year hands-on program emphasizes the classical principles of animation in a variety of forms, including 2D digital, 3D and stop motion.

The local college also offers post-graduate certificates in computer animation, visual effects and digital creature animation.

Sheridan graduates of the program have gone on to work with globally-renowned studios, including Disney, Pixar, Nelvana, Sony Pictures Animation, Guru Studio, Atomic Cartoons, WildBrain and House of Cool.

Five animation graduates have won Oscars — including Domee Shi and Chris Williams — and two have won Sci-Tech Oscars.

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