Arts and Culture

The SHSM–Arts and Culture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on dance, dramatic arts management or technical production. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Schools that offer this SHSM:
Apprenticeship Training College
Entertainment IndustryPower Technician Actor or Comedian
Gem Setter/Goldsmith Animator – Graphic Design & Illustration
Native Clothing &Crafts Artisan Announcer & Other Broadcasters
Painter & Decorator Apparel Production Supervisor
Patternmaker – Textile,Leather & Fur Products Artisan or Craftsperson
Broadcast Technician
Film or Video Camera Operator
Graphic Arts Technician
Graphic Designer or Illustrator
Interior Designer
Other Performers
Other Technical & Coordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting & the Performing Arts
Technical Occupations Related to Museums & Art Galleries
Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit, and Other Creative Designers
Video Recording Technician
University Workplace
Author or Writer Camera, Platemaking , or Other Pre-Press
Conductor, Composer or Arranger Operations
Conservator or Curator Desktop Publishing Operator and Related Occupations
Dancer Entertainer
Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists Graphic Artist or Illustrator
Producer, Director, Choreographer and Related Occupations Musician or Singer
Professional Occupations in Public Relations & Communications Photographic & Film Processor
Sign Maker
Textile Colourist
Weaver, Knitter, & Other Fabric-Making Occupations
Did You Know?

During the 1990s, the Arts & Culture sector labour force grew by 31% compared to a growth rate of 20% for Canada's labour force as a whole.

Required Components for the Arts & Culture Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of ten grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
    • Four arts & culture major credits
    • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English and a choice of business studies or Canadian & World Studies
    • Two cooperative education credits tied to the sector
  • Six sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (three compulsory and a choice of three electives)
  • Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
  • Reach ahead experiences connected with the student’s post-secondary plans
  • Completion of Sector Partnered Contextualized Experience (SPCE) in ICE (Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship), mathematical literacy or coding

Arts & Culture Pathways Chart

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Three Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level A Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Standard First-Aid
Three electives from the list below
Advanced training in a technique (e.g., figure drawing, conducting, Advanced training in a technology (e.g., 3D printing, laser cutting, Serato) Advanced training in an art form (e.g., mime, tapdance, improvisation) Advanced training in art therapy
Audition preparation Basic electrical safety Beauty Specialist Certification Program - three-part course Curatorial techniques
Customer service Elevated work platforms Event coordination Fall protection
Framing and matting Game design Heath & safety - basic Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE)
Instructor certification Interactive art forms Ladder safety training Leadership skills
Lighting and sound equipment maintenance Makeup/cosmetology Musical instrument repair Portfolio development
Project management Proposal/grant writing Pyrotechnics Recording equipment
Sector-specific software 1 (e.g., animation, graphic arts) Sector-specific software 2 (e.g., photography) Stage combat Technical staging
Working at heights Wrapping and taping for performance and injury

Notice: elective certification & training offerings vary between schools

Bundle of Grade 11 & 12 Credits

SHSM Credits
Apprenticeship College University Workplace
Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12
Arts and Culture Major must include 2 Cooperative Education Credits but may include 4 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr.
English 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Math 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Business Studies or Canadian and World Studies Credit 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Cooperative Education 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr.
Optional or Compulsory Credits 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr.
Total Number of Credits 10 cr. 10 cr. 10 cr. 10 cr.