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The Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture

 

A diverse array of career opportunities can be found within the Arts andArts & Culture SHSM 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.  

 

Components of a Specialist High Skills Major 

 

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 Certifications
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  

 

For more information, contact your high school Guidance Counsellor or visit: www.lkdsb.net/shsm