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The SHSM–Arts and Culture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or the workplace.  Schools may focus on different areas within the sector which include Arts Management, Digital & Media Arts, Performance Arts (Drama, Dance, Music), Technical Production, & Visual Art.

The Arts and Culture SHSM is offered at Ancaster, Bernie Custis, Dundas Valley , Glendale, Orchard Park, Sherwood, Sir Allan MacNab, Westdale, Westmount and NuSteel.

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Bundle of Grade 11 and 12 Courses

  • Four sector-specific courses such as Visual Arts, Media Arts, Dance, Drama, and Music.
  • Two other required courses: English and Business or Canadian & World Studies
  • Two Cooperative Education (Coop) credits in an arts related placement

Speak to your guidance counsellor or SHSM subject teachers for specific pathway courses for your school

Coop placements could include working at places like local art galleries and shops, local professional theatre companies, the conservatory for the arts, photography studios, elementary school art or music programs, or participation in our HWDSB Art Smart Program.


Apprenticeship Training
Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Grades 11–12

Major Credits
One credit may be substituted with a cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)

Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit

Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
Including at least one Gr. 11 and one Gr. 12 credit
English including a CLA 1 1 1 1
Business Studies or Canadian and World Studies including a CLA
May be substituted with 1 cooperative education credit (additional to the 2 required co-op credits)
1 1 1 1
Cooperative Education 2 2 2 2
Total number of credits 8 8 8 8


This SHSM sector requires students to complete a specified number of compulsory and elective sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs, as indicated in the following table.

Three (3) compulsory

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C – includes automated external defibrillation (AED) Standard First Aid Workplace 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, tapdance, improvisation)
advanced training in art therapy
audition preparation basic electrical safety Beauty Specialist Certification Program – three-part course curatorial techniques
customer service elevated work platforms event coordination fall protection
framing and matting game design health and safety – basic wrapping and taping for performance and injury
instructor certification interactive art forms ladder safety training leadership skills
lighting and sound equipment maintenance makeup/cosmetology musical instrument repair portfolio development
project management proposal/grant writing pyrotechnics recording equipment
sector-specific software 1
(e.g., animation, graphic arts)
sector-specific software 2
(e.g., photography)
stage combat technical staging
working at heights

Experiential Learning

  • Workshop days at the Hamilton Conservatory, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery Of Hamilton, & the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra,
  • Attending a variety of performances, galleries, & installations and specialized workshops at Art Gallery Of Hamilton, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Community Galleries, GTHA Galleries & Studio Spaces, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Festival, and Theatre Aquarius.

Career Exploration

  • Job Shadowing: (½- Full Day, in some cases up to three days) one-on-one observation of a worker at place of employment
  • Job Twinning: (½- Full Day) one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at his or her placement
  • Work Experience/ Virtual Work Experience: planned learning opportunity that provides students with relatively short-term work experience.  Virtual work experience is facilitated through the use of communications technology from the school.

Reach Ahead Examples

  • Interviewing an employee in the field of work the SHSM student is considering
  • Visiting an approved apprenticeship delivery agent to investigate a program of interest to the SHSM student
  • Interviewing a college or university student enrolled in a program of interest to the SHSM student
  • Attending a number of college or university classes in the student’s area of interest; attending a conference or workshop held by the sector
  • Completing a dual credit course, which counts for credit towards both the OSSD
  • A postsecondary certificate, diploma, or degree, or Level 1 apprenticeship
  • Talks with professional artists
  • Interviewing a college or university student or apprentice
  • Job Fairs & Information Sessions
  • Visits to post-secondary institutions and apprenticeship training facilities offering arts programs

Occupations in the Arts & 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 Training


  • 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 522
  • Graphic Designer or Illustrator 5241
  • Interior Designer 5242
  • Other Performers 5232
  • Other Technical and Co-ordinating 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 RelatedOccupations 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
Updated on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
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