We are proud to announce that Just BGRAPHIC and OCAD U are partners in delivering cutting edge SHSM experiences and certificates. Together we are committed to providing students with opportunities to explore occupational and educational pathways in the arts and culture sector through experiential learning.


The SHSM–Arts and Culture & Information and Communications Technology

SHSM 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. Just BGRAPHIC SHSM Certification Programs provide students with opportunities to further explore various art stream and develop skills that will propel their pursuits to a post-secondary. Our SHSM Certification programs also provide opportunities for students to explore occupations in the sector through experiential learning.



Experiential learning and career exploration activities
Experiential learning and career exploration opportunities relevant to the sector might include the following:

  • One-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the arts and culture sector (an example of job twinning)
  • A day-long observation of an artist (an example of job shadowing)
  • A one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (an example of work experience)
  • Participation in a local, provincial, or national competition focused on one of the arts
  • Attendance at a sector trade show, conference, symposium, or job fair
    a tour of a local theatre, museum, studio, or art gallery

Reach ahead experiences
Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway – as shown in the following examples:

  • Apprenticeship: visiting an approved apprenticeship delivery agent in the sector
  • College: interviewing a college student enrolled in a sector-specific program
  • University: observing a university class in a sector-related program
  • Workplace: interviewing an employee in the sector

Choose from 8 Amazing Certifications

So many options to explore. Each SHSM certification is designed to give students hands on experiences to grow and pursue the career of their choice. Ignite the passion choose a SHSM today.

Augmented Reality

Mobile technology plays a large role in our everyday lives, within this section you will use Auramsa, an augmented reality app, as a device for storytelling and way finding. You will be encouraged to attach text and images to specific surfaces and geographical locations, in an attempt to create a virtual reality that depends on physical reference point.


This hands-on workshop will introduce students to contemporary practices in photographic portraiture. Through a combination of photographic exercises, a presentation on established artist’s imagery and group discussions, participants will gain an understanding of the deep layers of portrait photography. This workshop will help students develop skills to analyzing and edit their photographs, while raising awareness of artists working in this field. Students must bring their own digital camera (automatic/manual) to the workshop.

Model Making

This workshop is intended for students interested in Industrial and Furniture Design. Students will generate a scale model of an object of their choice using extruded polystyrene foam. Students will be introduced to examples of foam in model making and the various tools required. It is advised that students generate their own design sketches of household items to model, examples: teapot, jug, sofa, chair, screwdriver, spray bottle, etc. Communicate your designs spatially, an important skill every designer will need in their toolkit.

Figure Drawing

This workshop focuses on observing and representing the human figure. Drawing techniques will be explored through a variety of exercises that focus on the principles of composition, proportion, form, light and shadow, volume through line and tone, as well as contour drawing. The workshop will begin with short gesture poses and work towards longer sustained poses. Learn to observe and translate what’s around you in three dimensions to the page in front of you.  

Zine Workshop

Make your ideas and images public with a zine or artist book. This workshop taps into the political history and current explosion of zines, comics, and artist publications in contemporary life. Participants will develop ideas and book-making skills, use OCAD U’s Risograph and printing studios to have their books published and out into the world.

Creative Writing

Looking to publish or perform? Personal statement got you stumped? Join one of OCADU’s professional writers and get a taste of OCAU’s unique take on writing in a fun and interactive workshop designed to help you create, critique, and refine your creative and critical writing. Together we’ll engage in a series of generative activities to stretch your writing muscles and expand your notions of what a text can be. We’ll explore proven techniques to transform your writing and bring ease to your writing process.

Encaustic Painting

Encaustic, or wax, is among the earliest known painting mediums currently in use. From its early associations with Greek and Egyptian funerary practices, to the Pop-inspired works of Jasper Johns, to the explosion of contemporary painters exploring and expanding its metaphorical possibilities, encaustic allows for a broad range of interpretations and applications. This workshop introduces you to the medium using a range of materials, tools and equipment. Wax is heated and mixed with oil paint, then applied in layers for a rich translucent finish. Changes can easily be made by reheating, manipulating, and scraping away areas to be revised. Because it dries so quickly you will be able to complete several paintings by the end of the day.

Drawing Shortcuts for the aspiring Designer from 2D to 3D

Developments in computer drawing technology are rapidly advancing however the need to communicate through the ability to draw by hand remains constant. This user-friendly approach to drawing shortcuts will develop confidence and skill in a short period of time, with speedy results. Students will be guided through an immersive exploration of design process and drawing techniques that are useful for developing new cityscapes, products or sculptures. We’ll use drawing as a tool for thinking while learning to transform two-dimensional contour lines into three-dimensional forms represented through accurate perspective sketches. Practical steps will guide the development of techniques to observe, analyze and invent new three-dimensional realities, while providing you with both sketchbook process drawings and a finished composition that could be included in your portfolio.

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