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arts.jpgA diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Arts and​ Culture sector. Locally, job prospects exist in fields ranging from dramatic arts and dance performance, to visual arts and technical production. Graduates of the Specialist High Skills Major Program in Arts and Culture possess the knowledge and skills to pursue any number of these opportunities.

The Arts and Culture Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program provides students with the opportunity to specialize their academic studies, earn certifications and qualifications, and plan their career pathway while they are still in high school. The SHSM Program involves a number of components that provide students with a better understanding of the Arts and Culture industry, the opportunities that it offers, and the skills needed for success within the sector.  

The Arts and Culture SHSM Program consists of five required components:​

1. Bundled Credits

Students will complete eight Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits related to their sector of interest, some of which are supplemented with contextualized learning activities (CLA) that frame the subject of study within the context of the Arts and Culture sector.  ​

​Credits

​Apprenticeship (Grades 11-12)

​College (Grades 11-12)

​University (Grades 11-12)

​Workplace (Grades 11-12)

​Major Credits Including at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit  

​4 

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

​4

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

​4

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

​4

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

​English (Including a CLA)

​1

​1

​1

​1

​Business or Science (Including a CLA)

​1

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

​1

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

​1

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

​1

One credit may be substituted with an additional co-operative education credit

​Co-Operative Education

​2

​2

​2

​2


2. Certification and Training

Students will earn both compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications through cost-free workshops and training courses/programs.​

​​​Three Compulsory Certification

​Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – Includes AED 

​Standard First Aid 

​Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System – Generic ​



​Three Elective Certifications​

​Advanced Training in a Technique

​Advanced Training in a Technology 

​Advanced Training in an Art Form 

​Advanced Training in Art Therapy 

​Audition Preparation

​Basic Electrical Safety

​Beauty Specialist Certification Program 

​Curatorial Techniques 

​Customer Service 

​Elevated Work Platforms

​Event Co-Ordination

​Framing and Matting

​Game Design

​Health and Safety – Basic 

​Instructor Certification

​Interactive Art Forms 

​Leadership Skills

​Lighting and Sound Equipment Maintenance

​Make-Up / Cosmetology

​Musical Instrument Repair 

​Portfolio Development

​Proper Lifting and Carrying Techniques

​Proposal / Grant Writing

​Pyrotechnics

​Recording Equipment

​Software 1

​Software 2

​Stage Combat

​Technical Staging

​Working at Heights

​Wrapping and Taping for Performance and Injury​


3. Career Exploration

Students will explore opportunities in their chosen sector through experiential learning and career exploration activities (field trips, guest speaking engagements, job shadowing). 

4. Reach Ahead Experiences

Students will participate in experiences aligned with the student’s post-secondary plans. 

5. Essential Skills and Work Habits

Students will develop essential skills and work habits, documented in the Ontario Skills Passport. ​

SHSM Program Recognition​

  • Students who successfully complete a SHSM program receive:
  • An OSSD designated with an embossed red seal;
  • A SHSM record documenting their certification/training achievements;
  • Formal recognition on their Ontario School Transcript.  ​

Career Pathways

The Arts and Culture SHSM Program may be right for you if you are interested in careers similar to the following:​

​Apprenticeship

​College

Artisan or Craftsperson
Entertainment Industry Power Technician
Gem Setter / Goldsmith
Painter and Decorator
Actor
Animator
Broadcast Technician
Dance Performer or Choreographer
Fashion Design
Graphic Designer or Illustrator
Interior Designer
Sound Engineer
Technical Producer
Photographer
Video Recording Technician

​University

​Workplace

Author or Writer
Conductor, Composer or Arranger
Conservator or Curator
Dancer
Music Therapist
Painter, Sculptor or Visual Artists
Producer, Director or Choreographer
Advertising Design
Camera Operator
Desktop Publishing Operator
Illustrator
Musician or Singer
Sign Maker​