Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning is a diploma and degree granting Canadian polytechnic institute with approximately 15,000 full time students and 35,000 continuing education students. Founded in 1967, the college is known for its animation and illustration courses, a music theatre performance program, undergraduate and post-graduate film programs, and a craft and design program. They also have courses in business, applied computing, engineering sciences, community studies, and liberal studies. Their traditional animation department was dubbed "the Harvard of animation schools" by animator Michael Hirsh in 1996, with alumni contributing significantly to the Canadian animation industry since the 1970's. They have campuses in Brampton, Ontario and Oakville, Ontario, both suburbs of Toronto. A new campus in the Mississauga City Centre is planned to open in September 2011.