International Recognition and Accreditation of Sheridan Arts Programs

Sheridan Bachelor of Illustration students work on their mural

Sheridan Bachelor of Illustration students work on their mural

We are thrilled to announce that Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design has achieved “substantially equivalent” membership in the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). “Substantial equivalency” is NASAD’s term for non-US institutions. We are only the second school in Canada to receive this accreditation, which classifies Sheridan’s Art and Design programs among the highest standard for college and university art programming.

Founded in 1944, NASAD is an accrediting organization of arts colleges, schools and universities in the United States. Member institutions complete a periodic peer review to become, and remain accredited. NASAD establishes quality standards for undergraduate and graduate university degrees in the arts, and earning membership will further Sheridan’s aspirations to become a university.

Ronni Rosenberg, Dean of the Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design who led this initiative says: “Our goal with this two-year long labour of love was to achieve international profile and validation. We know that (“substantially equivalent”) membership in NASAD will be an important part of international recruitment for us in the arts, both in the U.S. and abroad.”


The Story Behind A-Wing Courtyard Construction

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Anyone who has walked through the A-Wing on Trafalgar Campus recently has noticed that the interior courtyard is under construction. This project was brought to life by the Faculty’s Space Enhancement Taskforce. The project is a joint effort between Claire Ironside (Illustration faculty), Susan Hutton (Finance & Admin), Doug Donald (FAAD) and Chad Mansell (Facilities).  It serves as a great example of the Faculty and the Facilities office working together to enrich our campus space.

The courtyard has been an overgrown, unused space for some time, and its redesign is meant to turn it  into “a multi-use teaching and learning space” with creative brick surface surrounded by a native plant garden and installation art by students and faculty.

“On one hand, it renews an under used open space asset, turning it once again into a setting to be enjoyed by staff and students alike,” said Claire, “and on the other, it provides an opportunity to use the space as a teaching and learning resource, given its central location in the Faculty of Animation Art and Design’s primary building.” The redesign using native plants is meant to “attract local birds, insects and the students who love to draw and photograph them,” she added.

Faculty brought all the design ideas to the table, and then Facilities led the implementation, hiring the contractor to demolish the concrete and remove  hazardous materials, create a drainage system, and lay new stonework. Facilities project manager Barbara Smith outlined the general phases of the project:

Currently, stone is being laid with work projected to be completed in about a week, which means that the cardboard currently lining our floors will soon be gone, and activity in the A wing will return to normal.  Following this, the project will be back in the Faculty’s hands to coordinate furnishings, plantings and installations.

This is where we will face some budget hurdles, and we may need to look to external partners and funding agencies to help complete this project.

“It is like a piece of performance art; everyone is so interested,” Claire said when she passed as I was photographing the construction.