Ministry of Education
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Branch

The Performing Arts


Students in this specialization will develop and apply their acting skills in productions for various audiences (large and small) – acquiring experience on stage and in front of the camera. Additionally, they will develop broader skills in communication, teamwork, and problem-solving: skills that are applicable to various employment situations.

Arts & Culture Sector Specific Occupations

Actor – Stage / Television / Film; Stage Crew Worker; Painter and Decorator; Dance Performing Artist; Events Coordinator

For more career related information, please visit the Ontario Skills Passport website: and search “The Database”.

Certification and Training

All SHSM student will complete mandatory certification in: First Aid; CPR; WHMIS and will participate in the Junior Achievement Program as well as a portfolio development workshop. Performing Arts students may also receive training in: Fall Protection, Stage Combat, Scriptwriting, Makeup, Mask Making & Performance.

Experiential Learning and Career Exploration

Performing Arts students will assist with the preparation and performance in broadcasts that will be televised on the local community television station. Job shadowing and work experience opportunities will also be provided for students. Enriched Field Trips will supplement class assignments. The Toronto International Deaf Film and Arts Festival (TIDFAF), The Deaf Cultural Center and GE Canada are committed participants in all SHSM programs at The Ernest C. Drury School For The Deaf.

“Reach Ahead” Opportunities

Performing Arts Students will participate in annual field trips and visitations to post secondary options including tours of Sheridan College, the National Institute For The Deaf (NTID) / Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Gallaudet University

Co-op Education

Performing Arts students must take two credits in Co-op Education and will be placed in appropriate settings.

All Performing Arts students will be involved in performances and presentations to various groups and conferences. SHSM students have performed for The Minister of Education, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, various Ontario Ministry and School Board administrators. They also participated in broadcasts televised on North Halton TVCogeco 14

Required Courses

Grade 9/10 Grade 11 Grade 12
TGJ2O 1 of ADD3O / ATC3M 1 of ADD4M / ATC4M
1 of TGV3M / ADV3 1 of TGV4M / ADV4M
*BDI3C 2 Co-op

ADA: Dramatic Arts / ADD: Dramatic Arts – Production / ATC: Dance / ADV: Dramatic Arts – Film/Video / BDI: Entrepreneurial Studies / ENG: English / TGJ: Communications Technology / TGV: Communications Technology – Video Production

*These courses will include Contextualized Learning Activities (CLAs) that will cover expectations from the ENG / BDI courses and will reflect expectations from Dramatic Arts curriculum.

**Sample from the College Destination Pathway