Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is a diploma and degree granting polytechnic institute in Canada, with approximately 17,000 full-time students and 35,000 continuing education students.The college offers programs in animation and illustration, music theatre, film and design, business, applied computing, engineering technology, community studies, and liberal studies.
The college has more than 130 programs leading to degrees, certificates, diplomas, and post-graduate diplomas.Sheridan College has a music theatre performance program, undergraduate and post-graduate film programs, and a craft and design program.
In 1984, Sheridan student John Minnis created the short animation piece Charade. The five-minute film was animated by Minnis with Pantone markers on paper during a single three-month summer term at Sheridan College. The film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 57th Academy Awards. As Sheridan's animation department continued to grow, it produced hundreds of animators into Canadian and international studios, at one point in 1996 being called "the Harvard of animation schools" on "a worldwide basis" by animator Michael Hirsh. A significant number of graduates have held key positions at Walt Disney Animation Studios, Don Bluth Productions, and Pixar Animation Studios, both for traditional and CGI animation. Sheridan graduates include five Academy Award nominees and two winners,and in 2005, animation professor Kaj Pindal won an Emmy Award.