The Arts and Culture SHSM program 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.

The SHSM program gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Arts and Culture sector while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing apprenticeship, college, community, university and work.

This major is offered at:

Monsignor Doyle | Resurrection | St. Benedict | St. David | St. Mary’s

Required Components: 


  • Provided to students FREE of charge, certifications, trainings and workshops led by industry professionals, help students develop their skills and discover more information about their future career.
  • Six certifications/trainings/workshops related to the industry


  • A bundle of nine credits in Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits which students earn:


  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) provides students with workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
    • Examples of Arts & Culture Placements:
      Museums, Theatre Production companies, Art Galleries, Music Studios, Audi o& Video, Graphic Arts, Design, Media companies and more!
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Pattern maker – Textile
  • Gem setter/Goldsmith
  • Entertainment Power (Industry) Technician
  • Animator
  • Announcer/Broadcaster
  • Film or Video Camera Operator
  • Sound Technician
  • Graphic Designer or Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Actor/Comedian
  • Apparel Designer/Supervisor
  • Makeup Artist
  • Theater, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
  • Technical Occupations Related to Museums and Art Galleries
  • Other Technical and Coordinating Occupations in Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, and the Performing Arts
  • Author or Writer
  • Conductor or Composer
  • Conservator or Curator
  • Painter, Sculptor or Other Visual Artists
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Choreographer
  • Public Relations & and Communications Managers
  • Customer Service positions related to Museums, Art Galleries and the Performing Arts
  • Camera, Plate making and other operations
  • Desktop Publishing and related occupations
  • Entertainer
  • Framing & Matting worker
  • Musician or Singer
  • Photographic and Film Developer
  • Textile Colorist

Ministry of Education SHSM Website

For more information, speak to the guidance counselor at your school

Students in a Specialist High Skills Major program complete learning activities that are contextualized to the knowledge and skills relevant to the economic sector of the SHSM. Contextualized Learning Activities (CLA’s) enhance your learning in your English, Math, Science and Business classes. They connect your interest in your chosen sector to your learning in these classes.

CLA’s will be delivered by your classroom teacher. It is not additional work to be completed – it may replace the work being done by non-SHSM students or the teacher may choose to have the entire class complete the CLA.


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