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Ascendant Studios

Technical Art Director

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Ascendant Studios
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ San Rafael, CA

Ascendant Studios is looking for a Technical Art Director to lead our tech art team and define the artistic aspirations of our title from a technical perspective. Our ideal candidate will have a wealth of experience in tech art and will have recently shipped an AAA title on Xbox One or Playstation 4 (or, better yet, PS5 and Xbox Series X!).

This is a full time position. We are all currently working remotely due to Covid-19, but once we return the position may either be based in our office in San Rafael, CA, or remain fully remote.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage the tech art team
  • Define the technical aspirations and constraints for the the project
  • Work with engineering to establish and enforce performance standards
  • Collaborate with the Art Directors to achieve artistic goals, and with the Engineering Directors to achieve technical ones
  • Identify tools and pipelines to improve our processes and product or to solve production problems.
  • Spearhead R&D efforts for new internal tools and the integration of external tools and middleware
  • Gets their hands dirty to solve our trickiest art tech problems


  • 10+ years of experience as a technical artist or tech art lead
  • Recently shipped AAA title on Playstation 4 or Xbox One
  • Familiarity with modern 3D and procedural software packages, including tools like Maya, 3D Studio Max, Zbrush, Houdini, Speed Tree, etc.
  • Strong understanding of modern game development engines and the technologies behind them, with a preference for UE4
  • Exceptional understanding of the game development process and art creation pipelines from prototype to final shipped product.
  • Expert understanding of optimization of both assets and pipelines
  • Strong understanding of Python, C++, C#, and/or other scripting languages
  • Great communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Self driven and excels under pressure

Good to Have

  • Shipped or currently working on a title on the Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X a huge plus
  • Worked on 1st person shooters and/or action games from beginning to end of a development cycle.
  • Previous experience on a multiplayer title.