Differentiate your education

Since Fall 2006, R.H. King Academy has offered the Specialist High Skills Major in Arts and Culture with a focus in Arts Management and Production. This program is an opportunity to differentiate your education by combining instruction in the arts with business and experiential learning.

How You Will Benefit

  • Upon completion of SHaSAM, you will receive a designation and seal on your OSS diploma, which will read: Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Specialist High Skills Major, Arts and Culture.

  • The opportunity to work with professional artists in the classroom.

  • You will understand the wide range of careers available to you in arts management and production. Currently, the arts industry is the 4th largest employer in Canada.

  • Upon finishing the program, you will have developed entrepreneurial skills that will allow you to facilitate your career in the arts or arts administration.

  • If you love the arts, but don’t want to focus on performing, you can develop your skills “behind the scenes”.

  • The Specialist High Skills Major is recognized by colleges and universities. Some universities are now recognizing SHaSAM graduates with scholarships and residence placements.

What Do I Have To Do?

You will complete a bundle of credits focused on one of the following areas:
1) Arts Production or 2) Arts Management.

For the listing of courses you need to complete the SHaSAM program:
Download the Option Selection Worksheet

Do I Have To Take Everything?

You can take any of these courses at any time, but you must take the entire bundle to receive the SHaSAM designation on your diploma.

What Kinds of Experiences Will I Have?

A critical component of SHaSAM is experiential education and on the job learning. Specialist High Skills Major students:

  • Plan and facilitate conferences and events headlined by outstanding arts industry professionals
  • Earn valuable industry related certifications, such as Stage Combat and Fall Arrest
  • Learn from guest speakers such as Tim Ferguson, President of Audience Communications, a consulting firm focused on corporate communications and event planning
  • Attend workshops and seminars, including
    • The Business of Song Writing
    • Introduction to Project Management
    • Lighting Design
    • Live Performance Videography
    • Costume/Prop Creation
    • Portfolio Development
    • Getting Your Message Across - Corporate Communications
    • and more.
  • Produce the school musical
  • Network, and gain valuable business experience through relevant and engaging Arts Internship (Co-op) experiences.

Experiential Learning

Industry certifications & reach-ahead opportunities

Students in the SHaSAM pathway participate in Certifications led by industry experts and Reach Ahead excursions relevant to their interests in the arts.

Here are some recent opportunities:
  • Intro to Project Management
  • Service Excellence
  • Brand Awareness
  • Grant Writing
  • Corporate Communications
  • Elements of Set Design
  • Design and Packaging of Music
  • Portfolio Development
  • Live Performance Videography
  • Camera Movement
  • Lighting Design
  • Collaborative Communication
  • Behind the Scenes at Opera Atelier
  • Cultural Careers Conference
  • Music Industry Conference
  • Behind the Music Biz
  • Audition Techniques
  • Dance: Hip Hop, Flamenco
  • Stage Combat
  • Dual Credit college courses
  • Concerts at Roy Thompson Hall,
    Massey Hall, Elgin Theatre.

Apply your skills in the real world

The real test of how good you really are comes when you apply your skills in your chosen occupation. You, your Cooperative Education Teacher and your work placement supervisor create a Personalized Placement Learning Plan that builds on your skills so you can demonstrate and develop your abilities in the Arts and Culture sector.

The learning possibilities are huge.

Here are just a few Arts Internship (Co-op) opportunities:

  • Coordinator: Toronto International Film Festival
  • Production Assistant: Luminato (Arts Festival)
  • Graphic Designer: Fish Out of Water
  • Assistant Editor: Serendipity Video
  • Carpenter/Decorator: Theatre Passe Muraille
  • Assistant Teacher: Fairmount Public School (arts focus)
  • Production Assistant: Urban Post (audio post-production for TV and movies)
  • Dancer/Actor: TDSB Central Programs - productions
  • Assistant Costume builder: Scotiabank Caribbean Festival (Caribbana)
  • Portfolio development for working actors: Armstrong Studios
  • Set creation and Production Management: Roseneath Theatre Company
  • Administrative Assistant of Program Development: Scarborough Arts Council
  • Youth Fringe Festival Reviewer for Nightwood Theatre
  • Assistant Educational Programs Coordinator: Second City