AN innovative digital media studio has opened its doors to aspiring digital media creatives.

Menai Bridge’s Stiwdio Frân Wen is inviting unemployed 16 to 18 year olds to enroll in their free professional 12-week programme in web design, motion graphics, video editing and graphic design.

The Arts Council of Wales and Communities First funded enterprise will focus on mentoring and coaching young people to develop a self-employed career in the creative industries in North Wales.

Stiwdio Frân Wen is the brainchild of theatre company Cwmni’r Frân Wen and digital media specialist Rob Spaull.

Nia Jones, Cwmni’r Frân Wen’s Operational Manager said: “In 2009 we set up a project called Pontio’r Bwlch which runs creative arts workshops for young people not in education or employment. As a result we identified an increased demand in creative digital media so we decided to set up our own training studio.

“But Stiwdio Frân Wen takes a step further by not only offering professional training, it will also give these young people the opportunity to develop adigital media enterprise.”

The studio will be run by Rob Spaull, founder of Colwyn Bay’s creative media studio MediaPod.  Rob said: “This model is different to traditional courses because we will be operating as a professional digital media studio with real clients and real commissions – getting the opportunity to work within North Wales’ vibrant arts community.

“For anyone looking to get into the industry then Stiwdio Frân Wen is for you. It is founded in the belief that not everyone learns in the same way. The education system doesn’t fit all – Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney and Pink weren’t academics but they have all shaped the world we live in today.”

For more information or to apply visit or call 01248 715048.

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