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Studio G games, animation and design program coming to Gold Coast

19th June, 2019

Autism Queensland is bringing its popular Studio G games, animation and creative design program for young people on the autism spectrum to the Gold Coast in July 2019.

Studio G is a 10-week term-based interactive workshop that supports young people aged 16-24 years to develop vital social, job and life skills to help with their transition from school to employment, training or further education.

The Gold Coast program will commence on Tuesday 16 July at the Creative Tech Lab at the Helensvale Library. It will run each Tuesday and Thursday over 10-week terms and has capacity for 20 participants.

Autism Queensland’s Studio G Program Coordinator, David McCartney, said Studio G has been running in Brisbane since 2014, and Mackay since 2016.

He said the popularity of the program over that time had exceeded all expectations.

“Over 100 young people across Queensland have participated in the program to date, with 80 percent transitioning on to internships, employment or further education,” he said.

"We build on the interests that these young people already have - game development, animation, creative writing, music, video making and more.”

“The strength of Studio G is its nurturing and supportive environment, which is why we partner the participants with mentors who are graduates from the Griffith University’s Digital Media Centre.

“Many young people come to us after prolonged periods of social isolation or disengagement from work, so getting them engaged with society and peers is really important.”

Mr McCartney said Autism Queensland was excited to be partnering with Creative Tech Lab to deliver Studio G.

“It’s an exciting new venue designed to support creative young people on the Gold Coast,” he said.

Jeremy Hautsolo, a Griffith University graduate in animation and illustration who has been a mentor with Studio G for three years will lead the program when it commences on the Gold Coast.

“It’s been so rewarding to share my skills and knowledge with Studio G participants over the years, to watch their confidence grow, see them develop new skills, make friends and be accepted,” he said.

“The great thing about Studio G is that it more than just building technical or computer skills, it’s also about helping young people to develop the social skills and self-confidence they need to find work or take on further formal education.”

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