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Arts & Culture - Leadership in Performing Arts

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The SHSM–Arts and Culture has the following five required components:

1. A bundle of eight Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

For a checklist of required Grade 11 and 12 Courses, click on the following link: SHSM Required Courses - Arts and Culture.pdf

These credits make up the bundle:

  • four arts and culture major credits that provide sector-specific knowledge and skills. The four courses must include at least one Grade 11 and one Grade 12 credit, and may include one cooperative education credit related to the sector. (This cooperative education credit would be additional to the two that are required in the bundle; see below);
  • two other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in each of which some expectations must be met through a contextualized learning activity (CLA) for the arts and culture sector. The two credits include:
    • one in English;​
    • one in Business Studies or Canadian and World Studies (or a cooperative education credit related to the sector, which would be additional to the two cooperative education credits required in the bundle; see below);
  • two cooperative education credits that provide authentic learning experiences in a workplace setting, enabling students to refine, extend, apply, and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills

2. Six sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs

The SHSM in arts and culture requires students to complete six sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs. Of these, three are compulsory and the remaining three are electives that must be chosen from the list in the following table. Note that items in the table that are capitalized are the proper names of specific certifications or training courses/programs that are appropriate for the SHSM. Items that are lowercased are names of the areas or categories within which specific certifications or training courses/programs should be selected by the school or board. The requirements are summarized in the table below.

Three (3) compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)Standard First AidWorkplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – generic (i.e., not site-specific) instruction


Three (3) electives from the list below
advanced training in a technique (e.g., figure drawing, conducting, sewing)advanced training in a technology (e.g., 3D printing, laser cutting, Serato)advanced training in an art form (e.g., mime, tap dance​, improvisationadvanced training in art therapy
audition preparationbasic electrical safetyBeauty Specialist Certification Program – three-part coursecuratorial techniques
customer serviceelevated work platformsevent coordinationframing and matting
game designhealth and safety – basicinstructor certificationinteractive art forms
leadership skillslighting and sound equipment maintenancemakeup/cosmetologymusical instrument repair
portfolio developmentproper lifting and carrying techniquesproposal/grant writingpyrotechnics
recording equipmentsoftware 1 (e.g., animation, graphic arts)software 2 (e.g., photography)stage combat
technical stagingWorking at Heightswrapping and taping for performance and injury 

3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities

Experiential learning and career exploration opportunities relevant to the sector might include the following:

  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the arts and culture sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of an artist (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (an example of work experience)
  • participation in a local, provincial, or national competition focused on one of the arts
  • attendance at a sector trade show, conference, symposium, or job fair
  • a tour of a local theatre, museum, studio, or art gallery

4. Reach ahead experiences

Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway – as shown in the following examples:

  • Apprenticeship: visiting an approved apprenticeship delivery agent in the sector
  • College: interviewing a college student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • University: observing a university class in a sector-related program
  • Workplace: interviewing an employee in the sector

5. Essential Skills and work habits and the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP)

Students will develop Essential Skills and work habits required in the sector and document them using the OSP, a component of the SHSM.

​Occupations in the Arts and Culture Sector

The following table provides examples of occupations in the arts and culture sector, with corresponding National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, sorted according to the type of postsecondary education or training the occupations would normally require.

Apprenticeship TrainingCollege
  • Entertainment Industry Power Technician 5225
  • Gem Setter/Goldsmith 5243
  • Native Clothing and Crafts Artisan 5244
  • Painter and Decorator 7294
  • Actor or Comedian 5135
  • Animator – Graphic Design and Illustration 5241
  • Announcer and Other Broadcasters 5231
  • Apparel Production Supervisor 9225
  • Artisan or Craftsperson 5244
  • Broadcast Technician 5224
  • Film or Video Camera Operator 5222
  • Graphic Arts Technician 5223
  • Graphic Designer or Illustrator 5241
  • Interior Designer 5242
  • Other Performers 5232
  • Other Technical and Coordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and the Performing Arts 5226
  • Photographer 5221
  • Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries 5212
  • Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit, and Other Creative Designers 5243
  • Video Recording Technician 5225
  • Author or Writer 5121
  • Conductor, Composer, or Arranger 5132
  • Conservator or Curator 5112
  • Dancer 5134
  • Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists 5136
  • Producer, Director, Choreographer, and Related Occupations 5131
  • Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications 5124
  • Camera, Platemaking, or Other Pre-Press Operations 9472
  • Desktop Publishing Operator and Related Occupations 1423
  • Entertainer 5232
  • Graphic Artist or Illustrator 5241
  • Musician or Singer 5133
  • Photographic and Film Processor 9474
  • Sign Maker 9498
  • Textile Colourist 9443
  • Weaver, Knitter, and Other Fabric-Making Occupations 9442​