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SHSM Arts and Culture Description

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. For example, an arts education challenges people to think critically and to solve problems creatively – skills that are now in high demand. 

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. The SHSM at CVDCS is designed to have a variety of focuses – for example, visual arts, textile and fabric arts, dance, dramatic arts, and technical production.

Occupations in the Arts and Culture Sectors

There are various sector-specific post-secondary opportunities for graduates of the Arts and Culture SHSM. Examples are provided below.

  • Apprenticeships: Native Clothing and Crafts Artisan, Painter and Decorator, Patternmaker – Textile, Leather and Fur Products
  • College: Actor or Comedian, Animator – Graphic Design and Illustration, Announcer and Other Broadcasters, Apparel Production Supervisor, Artisan or Craftsperson, Film or Video Camera Operator, Graphic Arts Technician, Graphic Designer or Illustrator, Interior Designer, Photographer,   Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit, and Other Creative Designers,  Video Recording Technician
  • University: Author or Writer, Conservator or Curator, Dancer, Painters, Sculptors, and Other Visual Artists, Producer, Director, Choreographer, Public Relations and Communications
  • Workplace: Desktop Publishing, Entertainer, Graphic Artist or Illustrator, Musician or Singer, Sign Maker,  Textile Colourist, Weaver, Knitter

Arts and Culture SHSM Requirements

Students earn the following sector-specific certifications as a part of the Arts and Culture SHSM requirements.

  • Required Certifications: CPR Level A, Standard First Aid, WHMIS, 
  • Three of the following Elective Certifications: elevated work platforms, fall protection, photography software, graphic arts software, training in a technique (needle felting, mural painting), training in an art form (dance, improvisation)

Students follow a course of study made up of a bundle of credits in their grade 11 and grade 12 years.

Grade 11 Grade 12
Arts Major (e.g. dance, visual art, media art, drama, etc.) 2 2
English 1
Business Studies or Canadian and World Studies 1
Cooperative Education

(may be summer coop)

Total 8


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