Autism Queensland is a community based organisation dedicated to creating a life of participation, opportunity and choice for people living with ASD.

CQUni Mackay City Campus to host Studio G

6th June, 2016

The CQUniversity Mackay City Campus in the heart of the CBD will host Autism Queensland’s ‘Studio G’ Post School Transition Program when it launches in Mackay in July 2016.

Studio G is a games, animation and interactive design program to help young people with High Functioning Autism to develop vital social, job and life skills. The program runs in 10 week terms across the school year.

Autism Queensland’s Studio G Program Coordinator, David McCartney said CQUni’s Mackay City Campus was an ideal venue for the program.

“CQUni provides the facilities for participants to build digital skills in graphic design and design principles, and digital and analogue 3D and 2D animation using HTML, CSS, and XAMPP web applications, video and photography post production and web design with a focus on responsive design,” he said.

“Being on campus will also expose participants to university life and higher education. This is important as the Studio G program isn’t just about building technical or computer skills.

“It’s about helping young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder to develop social skills and self-confidence so they can transition into further education, internships, volunteer roles or paid work.

“It also provides an important opportunity for participants to build friendships and social networks as many young people come to us after prolonged periods of social isolation or disengagement from work,” he said.

Mr McCartney said Autism Queensland was extremely grateful to the Mackay Regional Council and CQUni for their support for Studio G Mackay.

“I’d like to say a special thank you to Andrea Satireyo from Mackay Regional Council’s Community Development Program.

“He has great community connections, he understood what we needed, and put us in touch with CQUniversity who were only too happy to help.”

CQUni Mackay City campus Coordinator Cynthia Simpson said CQUni welcomed community focused initiatives like Studio G at its campuses.

“CQUni’s Mackay City campus offers an extended hours computer laboratory, wireless internet, library, student common areas, hairdressing/beauty, chiropractic clinic, and hospitality training restaurant facilities.

“I think the Studio G students will find it very rewarding to get to know campus life and learn new skills in this program,” she said.

Autism Queensland is calling for expressions of interest for the first Studio G Mackay intake. The program is suitable for young people aged 16 to 24 years with students in Years 11 and 12 welcome to join the program. It runs two afternoons a week and fees are $1200 for a 10-week term. 

If you would like to enrol in Studio G in Mackay click here

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