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Arts and Culture SHSM
PROFILE OF THE ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR
 
According to the Canada Council for the Arts, arts and culture are essential elements in the new global economy – not only for their entertainment value but also for the skills they develop in individuals.1 For example, an arts education challenges people to think critically and to solve problems creatively – skills that are now in high demand. During the 1990s, the culture sector labour force grew by 31 per cent, compared to a growth rate of 20 per cent for Canada’s labour force as a whole.  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 an entry-level position in the workplace. Depending on local circumstances, this SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on dance, dramatic arts management, or technical production. Where a choice of focus areas is offered, students may select one.
 
 
SAMPLE OCCUPATIONS IN THE ARTS AND CULTURE SECTOR
 
Apprenticeship Training
College
·         Entertainment Industry Power Technician
·         Gem Setter/Goldsmith
·         Native Clothing and Crafts Artisan
·         Painter and Decorator
·         Patternmaker – Textile, Leather, and Fur Products
·         Performers - Actor, Comedian, Others
·         Animator
·         Announcer and other Broadcasters
·         Apparel Production Supervisor
·         Artisan, Craftsperson or Designer
·         Broadcast or Video Recording Technician
·         Film or Video Camera Operator
·         Graphic Arts Technician
·         Graphic Designer or Illustrator
·         Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit Designers
·         Technical Occupations related to Museums and Art Galleries
University
Workplace
·         Author or Writer
·         Conductor, Composer, Arranger
·         Conservator or Curator
·         Dancer
·         Painters, Sculptors, and other Visual Artists
·         Producer, Director, Choreographer
·         Public Relations and Communications
·         Camera, Platemaking, or other Pre-Press Operations
·         Desktop Publishing Operator
·         Entertainer
·         Graphic Artist or Illustrator
·         Musician or Singer
·         Photographic and Film Processor
·         Sign Maker
·         Textile Colorist
·         Weaver or other Fabric-Making Occupations
Note: The names here reflect common usage by institutions and organizations in this sector in Ontario.
 
 
 
1 Canada Council for the Arts, “Arts and cultural activities are at the heart of communities”, ww.canadacouncil.ca/aboutus/Promotion/sb127305898700625000.htm
Required Components for the SHSM – Arts and Culture
 
The SHSM-Arts and Culture has the following five components:
 
  1.  A bundle of eight Grade 11 and 12 courses
·         four Arts and Culture major credits
·         two required courses in English, and business studies or Canadian and world studies where a CLA is delivered
·        two co-op credits in the sector (additional co-op credits can be substituted for major or required credits)
 
SHSM–Arts and Culture
 
Credits
Apprenticeship training
Gr. 11       Gr. 12
College
 
Gr. 11      Gr. 12
University
 
Gr. 11      Gr. 12
Workplace
 
Gr. 11      Gr. 12
Major Credits (may include maximum of 1 Co-op Credit)
 
4*
4*
4*
4*
includes content delivered in the sector’s context
English
1
1
1
1
Business Studies or Canadian and World Studies or Additional Co-op credit
 
1
 
1
 
1
 
1
Cooperative Education
2
2
2
2
Total number of credits
8
8
8
8
*a minimum of one Gr 11 and one Gr 12 credit
 

 2.  Six sector recognized certifications and training:
 
Three compulsory
CPR – Level A
WHMIS
Standard First Aid
Three electives from the list below
curatorial techniques
customer service
electrical safety
elevated work platforms
fall protection
framing and matting
health and safety-basic
instructor certification
lighting and sound equipment maintenance
make/up cosmetology
musical instrument repair
portfolio development
proper lifting and carrying techniques
pyrotechnics
recording equipment
sewing
software- animation
software-graphic arts
software-photography
stage combat
taping for dance performance
certification in game design
training in an art form (mime, tap dance, improvisation, etc.)
training in a technique (figure drawing, conducting)
audition preparation
technical staging
certificate in interactive art
 
3.    Experiential Learning and Exploration Activities
4.    Reach Ahead Experiences
5.    Essential Skills and Work Habits and the Ontario Skills Passport
Lead Teacher:  Mr. S. Scott         Stephen.Scott@publicboard.ca