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Arts and Culture SHSM

Sector profile

The Arts and Culture sector offers students opportunities to get inspired and use their unique skills and abilities in careers in visual arts, drama and performance, technical theatre, dance, media and many other creative areas. Arts education challenges people to think critically and solve problems creatively – skills that are in high demand in all walks of life.

Future career paths

For Arts and Culture majors, possible career paths include:

  • Apprenticeship – entertainment industry power technician, gem setter/goldsmith, clothing and crafts artisan, painter and decorator, patternmaker
  • College – actor, comedian, animator—graphic design and illustration, announcer, apparel production supervisor, artisan or craftsperson, broadcast technician, film or video camera operator, graphic arts technician, interior designer, photographer, fashion designer, video recording technician
  • University – author, actor, writer, conductor, composer, conservator, curator, dancer, painter, sculptor, producer, director, choreographer, public relations, communications
  • Entry level workplace – camera operations, plate making, desktop publishing operator, graphic artist or illustrator, musician, singer, photographic film processor, sign maker, textile colourist, weaver, knitter

Program requirements

In the Arts and Culture major, students will take 8 credits in grade 11 and 12:

  • 4 Arts and Culture major credits
  • 1 English credit (Grade 11 or 12)
  • 1 Business Studies or Canadian and World Studies credit (Grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 co-operative education credits to gain workplace experience that helps you refine, extend and practice your arts and culture knowledge and skills

Additionally, students will have opportunities for

  • Experiential learning, career exploration and reach-ahead activities in arts and culture
  • Certifications and training programs in arts and culture, including:
    • 3 compulsory certifications: Standard First Aid, WHMIS (generic), CPR (Level C) with AED
    • 3 additional certifications and/or training courses as specified in the sector-specific guide
  • Developing essential skills and work habits required in arts and culture as detailed in the Ontario Skills Passport.

Get more information

Call the guidance department at the following schools that offer the Arts & Culture SHSM program:

  • All Saints High School – 613-271-4254
  • St. Peter High School – 613-837-9377
  • St. Pius X High School – 613-225-8105

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