Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture SHSM

According to the Canada Council for the Arts, arts and culture are essential elements in the 21st Century global economy, not only for their entertainment value, but also for the skills they develop in individuals such as critical thinking and creative problem solving – skills that are now in high demand. 

The Arts and Culture SHSM program 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.


Arts & Culture SHSM Program Planner



Required SHSM Components:

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


A&C Bundle

With proper planning, students can fulfill all OSSD graduation requirements, complete every SHSM component, and meet the entrance requirements for their desired post-secondary destinations, including college and university. Students are encouraged to complete their cooperative education credits in Grade 11 so that they can focus on taking credits required for college or university admission in Grade 12. Students may also consider taking “co-op” in summer school or night school.


2. Sector-recognized certifications and training

This SHSM sector requires students to complete three compulsory and three elective sector-recognized certifications.


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.


5. Sector-partnered experiences (SPEs)

Students engage with a sector partner and apply skills to gain insight into the relationship between this sector and ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, and/or mathematical literacy.


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