Sheridan College was founded in 1967, and has grown from a small local college of just 400 students to one of Ontario's top post secondary institutions. Sheridan educates about 22,000 full time students and about 17,000 students that are part time or continuing their education. The college is spread among 4 campuses in 3 different Ontario cities—Mississauga, Brampton, and Oakville, and is an award-winning establishment that attracts students from all over not only Canada but the world as well. Over 160,000 alumni are responsible for shaping the future of society in the fields of business, arts, health, technology, community service, and other skilled trades.
Sheridan has branded itself as a university that is dedicated to the education of undergraduates as well as professionals. Today's society and economy are based on change and innovation, and creativity is the one skill that individuals will need in order to adapt to a future that they are building and informing. Sheridan makes an effort to challenge the traditional ideas of what makes a quality undergraduate education, and to challenge what a top undergraduate school has the capability of accomplishing. It is done so by Sheridan by embracing the idea of creativity with a purpose.
The college strives to keep creativity at the center of all experiences that they have to offer. The faculty is multi-talented and is dedicated to helping students to be their best and learn their best. All programs are focused on providing students with skills for their lives as well as their careers.
This program is offered thanks to a partnership with York University, and has a rigid curriculum design that is made to emphasize innovation, strategic thinking, and creativity. Students will enjoy small studio classes that allow the direct attention of the professor. The curriculum as a whole focuses on design studies, information design, interaction design, typography, and print. In their third year of the program, students will go through a professional placement in a design firm located in New York, Los Angeles, or even overseas. Many companies will actively recruit from this program, making it very attractive to aspiring design professionals. The program is made up of assignments that are based on projects and problem solving that will prepare students for the workforce and labs that are equipped with the most up to date technology.
Students will be able to explore visual communication design as well as history, theory, and criticism. They will be introduced to a number of the central themes of critical theory as it is applied to the visual culture as a whole and graphic design in particular. Students can expect to work in information design, 3D design and interaction design and motion graphics. For those students who are enrolled full time, they can expect to complete the program in 8 semesters, or 4 years. The courses are held at the York University Keele Campus as well as the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville and can expect to pay upwards of $3,000 per year, and then an additional $300 for the Graduate Show in the final year.