Faculty in the Graphic Design & Interactive Media program are dedicated professionals who have achieved success and recognition in their field. Links to faculty members’ websites, which showcase their work and accomplishments, appear in the program’s faculty roster below.
With over 20 years of experience, Pheinixx specializes in composing the artistic and graphic look of a brand. This involves her in graphic design, art direction, brand development and marketing: and has worked with such international brands as Julien Macdonald and Roberto Cavalli, and here in Canada with GustoTV, Warner Bros. Music, Fashion’s Night Out, Mastercard Stylicity, TFI’s New Labels, and chef’s Rob Rossi, Rob Rainford and the spice goddess Bal Arneson.
The daughter of a painter and fashion designer, Pheinixx grew up with a pencil or camera in her hand at all times. She studied design and advertising where she won awards for media, copywriting, and graphic design. Pheinixx was also one of the finalists in Marketing Magazine’s Creative Face Off.
Pheinixx has designed layouts and graphic materials for Vogue, Elle, InStyle, GQ and W in Italy, Russia, China and Korea. As a sought-after art director, Pheinixx has been conceptualizing and directing imagery for over a decade: leading photographers, stylists and hmu artists to create memorable images for both commercial and editorial projects.
Pheinixx continues to build brands through strategy and design while leading the GDIM program and remains a sought-after guest speaker.
Visual artist and graphic communicator, a roundly-panoramic profile with a career spreading among Romania-Germany-Italy-France-Canada-USA, from the Biennale in Venice with video installations to teaching in OCAD, Toronto, Visual Communications & Art Direction, from teaching classical art in Paris to teaching Theology and Art of Icon in the theological academic milieu in USA, from art-directing and designing for BBDO, Young&Rubicam to art-directing cinema magazines and theme-based fashion shows in Bucharest and Paris, Nedi Gavriliu brings the colourfully-exotic breath of the very cultural milieu of Europe and a world-round perspective upon Visual Communication. Nedi speaks Romanian, English, French, German, Italian and holds Masters in Fine Arts, Engineering and Theology.
Carolyn is an artist, project coordinator, and graphic designer. Her projects focus primarily on creative approaches to print and social media, conducting workshops, creative administration and overseeing the implementation of independent projects, festivals, and exhibitions.
She is also an educator and lecturer, giving talks on artistic practice and management, design, and software instruction. Recent lectures include special invitations to speak with the Sheridan Institute for Advanced Learning with the Art and Art History Guest Lecture Series, and with Ryerson University, 4th Year Photography.
John started his advertising career in Los Angles at the prestigious Art Center College of Design, where he received a BFA. His schooling and talent lead to a career based in Los Angles, Chicago and Toronto. Through an ongoing career in different countries for more than 25-years, John has been honored with hundreds of awards for creative excellence; he has been an Art Director, Creative Director, Partner, owner and mentor.
John has a wide range of experience in marketing, promotion, and putting it all together in advertising campaigns. John has created over 500 TV commercials, hundreds of radio commercials and countless print pieces. He has also had the good fortune of working with some of the best in the marketing business both in the U.S., Canada and around the world. He is currently pursuing his MFA, teaching at the Toronto Film School, and running an advertising/design agency.
My earliest and foremost interests have always been in fine art and graphic design. A career of being creative in a three-dimensional way, with possibilities to educate, entice or evoke emotion appealed to me. As a visual merchandiser, I found an outlet to employ my passions for aesthetics and took every opportunity to move through this diverse field gaining exposure and appreciation.
Visual merchandising is a fast-paced profession of creativity and significance which I enjoy and regard immensely. I’m proud to have been involved in award-winning window displays, published in Inspiration, VM+SD and design: retail magazines while working at two of Canada’s leading department stores – flagship locations.
Now, working freelance has provided me with new opportunities. I’ve had the pleasure of being with the Toronto Film School/Yorkville University teaching in the Marketing for Fashion & Entertainment, Graphic & Fashion Design and Interior Decorating programs. I enjoy sharing my insight and expertise, while impressing upon the students my appreciation for all things visual. I’m driven by great pride and satisfaction, watching my students realize their potential and seeing them off to their chosen careers.
Andrés Sevilla was born in Monterrey, México. He studied Industrial Design at the Tecnológico de Monterrey and later on, a Master’s degree in Product Innovation with an exchange abroad at the Jönköping University, in Sweden. His passion for innovating in every media, led him to specialize as well in Communication design, eventually creating important graphic identities for products and services, including the City of Monterrey. In 2015 he founded Vanuva, a multidisciplinary design and digital advertising agency, which has been growing and working for national and international companies. Andrés has been an advisor, mentor and speaker in different Business Incubators and Entrepreneurship events. He is passionate to teach and share his professional knowledge related to design, marketing and startup innovation not only in class but also in public Webinars and through his YouTube channel. Andres continuously looks to create disruptive solutions and connections through design and visual communication strategies.
Kory is a graphic designer with over 20 years of experience. He is also a design educator being a part-time faculty member at both Centennial and Durham College since 2014. He has taught courses in both the Advertising and Graphic Design programs such as Design and Production Fundamentals, Design Theory, Design Tools (Adobe), Digital Illustration, Graphic Design for Digital Media, acted as the Creative Director for Campus Media Production, and instructed summer camps and workshops. Kory is still active in the industry and working as a designer in advertising agencies and most recently for cannabis licensed producers. He also holds a graphic design diploma from Durham College and an Instructing Adults certificate from George Brown College.
Lea Conte is an experienced Designer, Art Director, and Post-Secondary Educator in Toronto. With over ten years of industry experience and over five years as an instructor, she is driven by her passion for design and love of teaching. Lea stems from a seasoned background of education and professional experience. She retains a BA in Cultural Anthropology, which has complimented her curiosity for teaching and understanding cultural dynamics. Perusing her natural creative interests, Lea went on to study Fashion Arts and Graphic Design, where she then became a successful Art Director. Sensing the need to foster her academic and cultural mind, Lea found herself teaching in the post-secondary environment. Currently, Lea wholeheartedly believes she has combined her passion for cultural understanding and design problem solving into a successful and fulfilling career. Lea takes the utmost pride in providing a paramount learning experience for her students and keeping them up to date with contemporary design practices and principles.
With over a decade of industry experience, Randolph has developed an in-depth understanding of digital design and marketing. As an educator, designer, ideator, and art director, he has spent his career becoming embedded in whatever industry he is focused on and helping his clients reach their potential. He thrives in dynamic, collaborative, and high-intensity environments and loves mentoring the next generation of designers. Early in his career, Randolph worked for various advertising and marketing agencies where he was able to build his portfolio shooting commercials, designing campaigns, applications, and websites for such prestigious companies as Procter and Gamble, Google, NBA, and Universal.
More recently he has been focused on design education, first at RED Academy as Lead UI Instructor and Global Curriculum Director- Design, and most recently at Toronto Film School, mentoring students in all aspects of interactive design. Randolph is also currently working as a consultant conducting corporate training sessions in Design Thinking and optimizing Customer Experience in enterprise-level organizations.
Jeff has worked in Men’s Fashion retail for over 40 years. He has held the positions of manager; buyer; visual display designer; merchandiser; and sales associate. Concurrently, for 24 years, Jeff held the position of Art Director and Lead Designer at a special event design firm. In this role he designed and managed the production of décor props and costumes.
Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Guelph. He recently instructed Visual Presentation at Toronto Film School in the Interior Decorating program.
Currently with Yorkville University, Jeff is instructing an on- line Fashion Sketching course; History of Furniture and Decoration; Introduction to Interior Decoration, and an in-class History of Design course in the Graphic Design program at Toronto Film School.