According to Statistics Canada,*
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. An arts education, for example, 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 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, 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.