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Sheridan College at the Oscars

Tags: Oakville, Schools

Access to great education is important for our homeowners, and we’re always keeping our eyes peeled for top-notch institutes around the communities we build. Nothing brings us more joy than our Rain & Senses condo community being 10 minutes from Sheridan College and their renown animation program that has trained a number of Oscar nominees and winners.

Often dubbed the Harvard of animation schools, Sheridan’s animation program attracts students to Oakville, Ontario from all around the world. In addition to a four-year degree in animation, Sheridan offers one-year graduate certificate programs in computer animation, digital visual effects and digital character animation.


A prestigious animation degree from Sheridan College equips alumni with the skills to go out and be part of amazing things – many of which you’ve most likely seen on your last trip to the movie theatre. At no time of year is this more prominent than award season. In 2015, Sheridan College alumni enjoyed their most decorated year yet, with 24 graduates contributing to three Oscar-nominated films in addition to taking home Emmys, Golden Globes, Annie awards – and of course an Oscar that year.

Sheridan has a long, rich history of educating animators who contribute to some of the finest films in the world. To see our alumni recognized for one of the highest honours in their industry speaks to the breadth and richness of our faculty, and the exceptional learning experience they provide for our students.” says Mary Preece, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, and 2017 is shaping up to be no exception. Sheridan alumni continue to make their mark in Hollywood with graduate Alan Barillaro, director of Piper, receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short Film. The endearing story was played prior to screenings of Finding Dory in 2016, captivating movie-goers with the tale of a baby bird who ventures out of his nest for the first time, making some friends along the way. Alumni also worked on three of the five films nominated in the Best Animated Feature Film category, including Moana, co-directed by Chris Williams.

The Oscars air live from Hollywood February 26, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Sheridan Alumni take home the shiny gold statues and continue to make Oakville proud. Follow the celebration on social media with the hashtag #SheridanOscars.