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Arts In Motion (SHSM)
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AIM (Arts in Motion) Specialist High Skills Major
The six programs involved in AIM are: Communications Technology, Cooperative Education, Drama, Hospitality – Culinary Arts, Music (Instrumental and Guitar), and Visual Arts.  Offering AIM enables us to enhance the integration of the subjects and develop greater synergy.  Students work collaboratively in the development and production of significant culminating activities in partnership with community organizations.  Examples of the productions include evenings of arts and culture, highlighting each of the disciplines.  Performances of the individual disciplines will also take place at various community settings.  Additionally, through Cooperative Education our students will participate in community, and employer, initiated projects.

Since its launch in 2010, our Specialist High Skills Major - Arts in Motion,has generated an additional $60,000.00 dollars in funding for the school. These funds have been used to provide enhancement programming for our students, such as, stage combat and first-aid training. Additionally, the funds have enabled us to purchase state of the art equipment, such as, the sound recording studio, as well as, upgrade much of our other equipment.

What is the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

The SHSM enables student to customize their high school experience to suite their interests and talents and prepare for a successful post secondary transition to apprenticeship training, college, university or employment, while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
The SHSM enables students to gain the sector-identified preparatory credits, skills and knowledge and make informed career decisions.  This makes the learning experience more engaging for students, focuses them on graduation and prepares them to pursue their career goals.

What are the highlights of this program?

A selected bundle of 8 required credits identified in a Ministry approved framework;

Grade 11
Grade 12
Arts & Culture *
Business Studies or Canadian and World Studies

Cooperative Education

*Arts & Culture courses consist of Music, Drama, Visual Art,
Communication Technology, Tech Design, and/or Hospitality

Earn sector recognized certifications in First Aid, CPR and WHMIS

Earn additional certifications such as:

Curatorial techniques
Fall protection
Lighting and sound equipment maintenance
Proper lifting and carrying techniques
Software: animation, graphic arts, photography
Taping for dance performance
Customer service
Framing and matting
Technical staging
Electrical safety
Health and safety – basic
Musical instrument repair
Recording equipment
Training in an art form (mine, tap dance, improvisation)
Elevated work platforms
Instructor certification
Portfolio development
Stage combat
Training in a technique (e.g. figure drawing, conducting)

Last Modified: May 20, 2013
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