Japanese Students From OECU Visit Sheridan College in Cultural Exchange

From March 6-19, 2014, students and faculty from Osaka Electro-Communication University (OECU) of Japan visited Sheridan College and toured Toronto. This exchange program started as a project between their Computer Science and our Communications, Culture and Information Technology (CCIT) program over 10 years ago. OECU shares similar programs to Sheridan College, including a large engineering technology campus in Neyagawa (Oakville’s sister city) and a newer arts, gaming, illustration and design campus in neighbouring Shijonawate. During their stay, the OECU delegates visited various facilities, studios and labs in FAAD over five school days, including interactive electronics, 3D printing, crafts/design, art and art history lectures, life drawing class, and watching final animation projects. They also visited various cultural points around the GTA, including visits to the Bata Shoe Museum, Ryerson Image Centre, the AGO, McMichael Art Collection, and two animation studio tours at Corus and ARC Productions. “It was a great year,”… Read More

Sheridan Students Collaborating on Animated Film with Communications University of China

Mid afternoon with the lights turned low, seven Sheridan students and animation faculty Stephen Barnes gathered around a projection on the studio wall to review rough animation sequences for Birdbrain, a collaborative project with the Communication University of China. Ten students and two supervisors/translators have already come and gone from Sheridan’s animation wing this summer, but production continues, and so does the relationship between Sheridan and the CUC. This was the fourth time that the two schools have exchanged students, with two trips to Beijing, China and two delegations visiting Canada. The exchange has developed out of Sheridan’s international initiatives (associate dean Angela Stukator has visited the CUC and consulted on their curriculum), and it also serves as a co-op opportunity for third year animation students. This year, Stephen Barnes submitted his story, Birdbrain, the tale of obsessive/compulsive scarecrow’s struggle with a murder of sensitive crows. He originally developed the… Read More