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Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts



The SHSM – Arts and Culture enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, a college or university program, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Depending on local circumstances, the SHSM- Arts and Culture may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on dance, dramatic arts management, or technical production.

Pursing the Specialist High Skills Major-Arts and Culture enables students to:

  • customize their secondary school education to suit their interests and talents while meeting the requirements for the OSSD;
  • select a bundle of 8 required credits focused on sector-specific knowledge and skills that are:
  • valued by the arts and culture sector and postsecondary educational institutions;
  • designed to help prepare students for a postsecondary destination of their choice in this economic sector;
  • designed with the flexibility to allow students to shift between pathways (e.g., switch from a pathway leading to college to an apprenticeship pathway) or to discontinue the SHSM program should their career plans change in Grade 11 or 12;
  • provided evidence of achievement of the required components of the SHSM (e.g., sector recognized certifications) for prospective employers and postsecondary educational institutions;
  • explore, identify, and refine career goals and make informed decisions about their postsecondary options;
  • take part in “reach ahead” experiences that will help them gain confidence in their ability to be successful, refine skills and work habits, and make an informed choice about future careers and next steps;
  • develop Essential Skills and work habits that are required in the sector, and have their performance of those skills and work habits assessed and documented, using tools connected with the Ontario Skills Passport;
  • access resources, equipment, and expertise that may not be available in their secondary school.

For more information about the Specialist High Skills Major program: Click here