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d3t is at the forefront of technology and creativity, delivering co-
development video game services to our global triple-A clients. Our successful
studio is continuing to grow and we are looking for an Art Director to join
the expanding Art Team. Our studio, part of the Keywords Studios Group, works
on multiple exciting projects at any one time offering plenty of variety and
involvement. Our studio projects have included Hogwart's Legacy, Vampire: The
Masquerade - Blood Hunt, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, LEGO Star Wars: The
Skywalker Saga, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Alan Wake Remastered, Mafia II:
Definitive Edition and Assetto Corsa Competizione. Our studio is based near
Runcorn in Cheshire and we offer an amazingly professional, fun and supportive
working environment. We are passionate about what we do and pride ourselves on
our anti-crunch mentality, mentoring ethos and have been awarded ‘Best Places
to Work' multiple times by gamesindustry.biz including 2021 and 2022. In
addition, we recently won ‘Best Creative Service Provider‘ at Develop 2022.
About the role:
We are looking for a passionate Associate Art Director who will drive the
artistic vision of the studio, balancing creative excellence with effective
communication and collaboration to ensure the successful delivery of visually
Provide clear, concise visual direction and guidance across all Art
development at d3t and review all digital assets, providing feedback in a
Share your passion for excellence, create inspiring artwork/style guides
to clearly promote the high visual quality standards we are aiming for and
ensure that everyone is working together to meet these standards.
Drive the vision forward by aligning with and fully understanding the
client's art direction and then working alongside our internal art team to
ensure creative cohesion.
Continually look for opportunities to innovate and improve the visual
quality on all projects.
Take an active role in planning of project pitches and be comfortable
dealing face to face with external clients to discuss opportunities for
working with them on their games.
Help to build and raise the profile of the growing art team.
Mentor Artists in the team, providing support and nurturing to encourage
their continued growth, helping to improve their skills and build their
knowledge and confidence.
Oversee and provide detailed feedback to multiple art disciplines
including UI, Environment Art, Lighting, VFX, Character and Concept Art.
An impeccable eye for aesthetic quality, visual excellence and a high
attention to detail demonstrated through an impressive art portfolio.
Highly proficient in current development tools and software including
Unreal, Maya/ 3DS Max/Blender, Zbrush and Substance.
A confident art leader with excellent verbal and written communication
skills. You will have the ability to articulate visual ideas with clarity
and conviction and provide clear feedback and guidance.
Good understanding of fundamental art principles; colour and lighting
theory, composition and staging techniques. • Able to creatively supervise
and drive artwork, directing the other artists and leading by example.
The Associate AD needs to be agile, overseeing art teams on multiple
projects and from various disciplines, and be able to adapt to a variety
of art styles.
Have an understanding of up-to-date game development technical processes,
you will take a keen interest in latest workflows and have an interest in
learning, evaluating and evangelizing appropriate usage of new software,
tools and technologies.
You will have good leadership skills, be a collaborative team player,
ideally with some game art management experience.
You will have a calm, positive and professional attitude alongside
excellent interpersonal skills.
25 days holiday (+ bank holidays + up to 5 days extra for length of
Company Pension Scheme
Flexible working hours
Private Medical Insurance Scheme (including dental) & Eye Care Scheme
Employee Share Scheme
Anti-crunch ethos - an amazingly professional, fun and supportive working
Annual Bonus – be rewarded for great teamwork!
Tech and Bike Scheme
Company Share Scheme
Company Socials, Project Launch/Wrap Parties + Annual d3t Events
Breakout Areas – filled with perks such as games, BBQ area, complimentary
snacks to suit all dietary preferences etc.
We offer a flexible working policy - this role will ideally be hybrid or
studio based at either d3t (Runcorn, Cheshire) or Coconut Lizard
(Gateshead, Tyne & Wear).
Initial interviews will be help by video call with a second interview held at
the studio. Don't meet every single requirement? Not a problem - please apply.
At d3t we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic
workplace and culture. If this opportunity excites you but your current skills
or past experience don't align perfectly with the job description, we
encourage you to still apply. You may just be the right candidate for this or
other roles within our team