Sheridan Offers Dual Credit Courses to Secondary School Students

High school students are getting a sneak peek at college life this summer as Sheridan provides introductory dual credit courses – which count as both high school and college credits – to students in their senior year. The dual credit program enjoyed its premier season at Sheridan in the summer of 2012, offering two art fundamentals courses. Now in it’s second year, we have six dual credit classes:

–       Intro to Colour Theory

–       Drawing Systems

–       Intro to Sound Design

–       Computer Applications for Media

–       Intro to Acting

–       Performing Arts Technical & Design Production Careers

Each course holds classes twice a week in our studios at Trafalgar campus, From May to June, with classes 3 hours in length. These programs are provided through the School College Work Initiative, funded by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Sheridan’s Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design attracted about 16 students in its first year, and there are now 38 students studying in the above 6 courses. A total of 354 high school students are currently studying across all of Sheridan’s faculties.

Secondary school students who are interested in applying for dual credit courses should speak to their guidance department to sign up.

Last week, I visited the ongoing Computer Applications for Media class to see what they were up to.

This course covers the basic design programs within Creative Suite 6: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. The course covers all of the fundamentals of these programs and we look at them from a “print” perspective.

Illustrator: students learn to draw basic and freehand shapes, trace existing images to create vector art, layer objects to create complex images and fill objects with colour. Students also learn about logo design using Illustrator.

Photoshop: students learn about making selections, masking areas of photographs, combining multiple images to create more complex composite images (using layers), and retouching/manipulating images.

InDesign: students use this page layout program to combine their illustrations (from Illustrator), photographs (from Photoshop) and text into a final print publication.

Students commented on how much they enjoyed college education, not just for the creative technology and learning, but also because “we are allowed to wear hats in class.”

SPF/X Students on the Set of “Ruffus The Dog” at Sheridan College

Students in Sheridan’s the Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props program had the chance to work on a real TV set this past week, as producer/director/writer/actor Rob Mills came to Trafalgar campus to film the latest season of Ruffus The Dog.

Puppetry instructor Jane Edmondson was instrumental in attracting Rob to film at our Sheridan facilities, as she has known people from the Ruffus crew for many, many years (they all worked on a show called The Big Comfy Couch in the early 90’s).

Rob Mills welcomed Sheridan makeup students to prepare his actors for the camera. He spoke to me about students’ enthusiasm and professionalism, noting that Jane had done an excellent job instructing students on what they needed to do on set, and why.

Ann Callaghan, the co-ordinator of the Advanced Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props programs said: “I want to thank everyone from FAAD for your agreement to allow us to host and your support for our Ruffus the Dog film making process this week. It has been a huge opportunity for our students to learn and for our programs to raise their profiles as we get ready to move to the Arts.

The students seemed to really rise to the occasion and did a fantastic job that was commended by all – actors, photographers, crew, puppeteers and costumers.  It was all so much fun and such good learning for all.”

Ruffus The Dog is now moving online with it’s third season at

Find out more about Sheridan’s Special Effects Makeup, Prosthetics and Props program here