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A.N. Myer| Laura Secord | Port Colborne | Sir Winston Churchill | St. Catharines Collegiate | Stamford | Welland Centennial | West Niagara

Quick Guide


Career Opportunities

Pathways to SHSM

Required Components for SHSM

Interested in this SHSM?

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Arts & Culture

Lights, camera, action! Students will discover the world of performance, production, and tech theatre in this dynamic program. By participating in hands-on workshops with industry professionals, students will learn about a variety of performance styles and methods. They will also develop skills in the studio, working with a mix of traditional and emerging media and digital technologies. This program provides students with opportunities to channel their creative side by exploring multiple pathways to a future career in arts and culture.


What Students can Expect:

  • Hands-On Learning

  • Industry-Relevant Certifications and Expert Connections

  • Clear Pathways to Your Dream Career

Benefits for Career Advancement:

  • Acquiring Specialized Expertise

  • Enhanced Employability

  • Foundation for Further Education and Entrepreneurship

Set Yourself Apart

With an SHSM under your belt, you're not just another student - you're a specialist. Employers are on the lookout for the skills and knowledge you'll possess, making you a standout candidate in a competitive job market.

Careers Opportunities


Apprenticeship Training

  • Artisans and craftspersons 
  • Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts 
  • Painters and decorators 


  • Actors and comedians 
  • Announcers and other broadcasters 
  • Artisans and craftspersons 
  • Audio and video recording technicians 
  • Broadcast technicians 
  • Film and video camera operators 
  • Graphic arts technicians 
  • Graphic designers and illustrators 
  • Interior designers and interior decorators 
  • Other performers 
  • Other technical and coordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts 
  • Photographers 
  • Supervisors, textile, fabric, fur and leather products processing and manufacturing production supervisors 
  • Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries 
  • Theatre, fashion, exhibit, and other creative designers 


  • Authors and writers 
  • Conductors, composers, and arrangers 
  • Conservators or curators 
  • Dancers 
  • Painters, sculptors, and other visual artists 
  • Producers, directors, choreographers, and related occupations 
  • Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 

Work Experience

  • Camera, platemaking and other prepress occupations 
  • Desktop publishing operators and related occupations 
  • Graphic artists and illustrators 
  • Musicians and singers 
  • Other performers 
  • Photographic and film processors 
  • Textile fibre and yarn, hide and pelt processing machine operators and workers 
  • Weavers, knitters, and other fabric-making occupations 

Pathways for the SHSM


Exploration (Grade 9 and 10)

The following courses are recommended if you are considering enrolling in SHSM - Art and Culture:


  • A Grade 9 arts course or Exploring Technologies (TIJ 1O): These courses are recommended because they allow students to develop skills and acquire knowledge in a particular area of arts and culture and to benefit from doing so at an early age
  • Career Studies (GLC 2O) and Discovering the Workplace (GLD 2O): Some of the expectations in these Grade 10 courses provide opportunities for students to explore occupations and other postsecondary options in the sector and to participate in experiential learning activities.
  • A Grade 10 course in the arts or technological education: These courses are recommended for students considering enrolling in an SHSM–Arts and Culture program. These courses provide students with opportunities to further explore the area of focus being considered and develop their skills, and to gain a better understanding of the program.

Specialization (Grade 11 and 12)

To earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an SHSM, students must complete the five required components.

First steps: Students and their parents/guardians are encouraged to consult with guidance counsellors and teachers to select the courses that will enable students to pursue their goals.

Helpful tips: 

  • Pursuing an apprenticeship? The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows them to kickstart their journey while working towards their OSSD. 
  • Attending University? Students on the university pathway advised to complete the required cooperative education credits in Grade 11, ensuring flexibility in their Grade 12 schedules. 
  • Technological education courses may be available as single-credit or multiple-credit options. Speak to your guidance counsellor or teacher for more information.

Required Components for SHSM 


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

  • Four major credits
  • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum. The three credits include:
  • one in English
  • one in Mathematics
  • one in Science, Business Studies, or Canadian and World Studies
  • Two sector specific cooperative education credits

2.     Certifications and training experiences

Three (3) compulsory:

  • CPR Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED)
  • Standard First Aid
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 

Three (3) electives

For a full list of electives available at your school, please speak with a guidance counsellor or technological teacher. 


3.     Experiential Learning and Career Exploration Activities

Experiential learning and career exploration activities give students opportunities to explore, observe, participate in, and reflect on a variety of sector-specific experiences and careers. These activities also enable students enrolled in the SHSM to find out about the opportunities available in careers that interest them. These opportunities might include:

  • a day-long observation of a skilled tradesperson in the agriculture sector (job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (work experience)
  • attendance at a trade show, job fair, conference or another unique experience

4.     Reach Ahead Experiences

Reach Ahead experiences are learning experiences connected with the student’s postsecondary pathway in their selected sector. Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway. Some examples can include:

  • visiting a conference or relevant workshop
  • completing a dual credit course
  • interviewing a post-secondary student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • observing a university or college class in a sector-related program
  • interviewing an employee in the sector
  • visiting an job site in the sector

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.

Interested in becoming an SHSM student?

Talk to your teacher or guidance department today!