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.

Creating Comics

Communication and storytelling are foundations of illustration and comics. The comics medium is an exciting and accessible way for emerging illustrator/cartoonists to engage the public, in the form of self-publishing zines, graphic novels, and online comics. Through varied genres like autobiography, fantasy, and Graphic Medicine, there are audiences for every story. This workshop introduces you to how comics work and includes several collaborative and individual exercises exploring pacing and editing, creating characters, and word and picture combinations. Zines and self-publishing will also be discussed. You will learn about authorship (creator developed, owned, and disseminated work) and how to create comics.


  • Thursday, November 15 – 9am-3pm

*Registrations are on a first come first server bases. Each workshop capacity is 20 students


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.  


  • Friday, November 16 – 9am-3pm
  • Thursday, November 22 – 9am-3pm
  • Friday, November 23 – 9am-3pm


*Registrations are on a first come first server bases. Each workshop capacity is 20 students

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PLEASE NOTE: *Workshops dates are fixed and cannot be changed. Spaces are very limited and bookings are on a first come first serve bases..