While we’re used to holding campus tours for prospective students and their families, we had the special honour this past July of sharing the Sheridan experience with a group that traveled much further than most. A delegation including 18 graduate students and faculty from Communication University of China (CUC) in Beijing were guests of Sheridan for a two-week, up-close look at our arts programming.
The visit was made possible through the leadership of Sheridan’s Manager for International Business Development, Yan Wu; Assistant to the Dean of International, Agnes Li; and CUC Professor Jun Zhang, who has helped foster a friendship between our institutions. “Opportunities such as this demonstrate mutual learning and the benefit of international exchanges, fostering a spirit of inquiry and collaboration,” says Wu. Sheridan’s programs – particularly in the arts – attract many Chinese international students each year.
Many of the delegates were experienced animators and designers and had an interest in learning about the particulars of Sheridan’s renowned programs. Members of our Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design (FAAD) organized an intensive series of seminars, hands-on activities and lectures to acquaint them with our spectrum of arts programs.
After a welcome from FAAD Dean Ronni Rosenberg and Mike Allcott, Dean of International, a screening was held by Associate Dean Angela Stukator to share the work of third- and fourth-year Bachelor of Animation students and the award-winning creations of our Bachelor of Game Design students. Associate Dean Donna Braggins showed off the Digital Fab Lab and its innovative 3D-printing technology, while Associate Dean Maija Saari shared information about the Sheridan Production House co-op program. Associate Dean Michael Rubinoff provided an overview of our performing arts programs with the help of his Bachelor of Music Theatre interns, which included showcasing the work of visiting pre-teen students from China who participated in iMusicals.
The group also visited Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre at Pinewood Studios in Toronto, experienced Canada’s only Material ConneXion Library at our Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, and back at Trafalgar Campus learned about the innovative ways in which digital technologies support craft-based forms. Li and Wu provided translation throughout the visits, which required great skill and energy!
“With the 150th anniversary of Canada and also the 47th anniversary of the establishment of China-Canada diplomatic relations, we have so much to celebrate!” says Zhang, reflecting on the visit. “We hope these types of visits can become more frequent and that our professional relationship can become even more comprehensive and mutually beneficial.”
To cap off their trip, a ceremony was held on the delegation’s final day at Sheridan at which CUC students received certificates of recognition. The visiting students presented a compilation of their own animation work, which can be viewed below. They also left us with samples of their impressive artwork, which will be displayed as part of the soon-to-be-unveiled Sheridan Showcase project in Trafalgar Campus’ B-Wing.
Congratulations and farewell for now to our visiting CUC students!
Pictured at top of page: Students from Communication University of China (CUC) participating in a ceremony at Sheridan’s Trafalgar Campus with administrators. Photo by Frank Liu.
Written by: Shellie Zhang, Communications and Social Media Coordinator, Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design at Sheridan.