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Avalanche Studios

Art Director

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Avalanche Studios
🇸🇪 Stockholm

At Avalanche, we offer a hybrid model where we spend some days in our office and some time from home.

Avalanche Studios Group and its division Avalanche Studios are crafting our next cutting edge AAA open-world game. Avalanche Studios is the division dedicated to ambitious, externally published, AAA games like Just Cause, Mad Max and Rage 2.

The position

As an Art Director you will report to the Executive Producer and be part of the core project team. Creatively you will work with the Game Director and Director Group and lend them your expertise in visual design to help them make decisions and direct the overall project. You will also be collaborating across disciplines with discipline leads, producers and the product owner.

You will be the team leader for art and visual direction. That means you will be expected to guide and provide constructive feedback to a group of artists made up of multiple different art specialists.You will work with production to build and validate long term plans and the priorities both for your team and any outsourcing needs you may have. This is a hands-on role and the AD should look to contribute where they can alongside trouble shooting for their team. You will be ultimately responsible for the visual direction and visual quality of the game.

You will direct the visual style for characters and ensure the quality of character design in the game. You will work closely with the Lead Artist to ensure the future success of asset creation to help continue our high quality throughout development.

Your aim will be to carry forth the artistic vision of the game from concept and prototyping into launch and beyond. Art Director as a role combines traditional elements of direction along with those of being a lead for the art team.

This is a rare opportunity for the candidate to join a new team with the chance to make a huge impact on the game whilst it is still in pre-production. You will play an instrumental and leading role in a small but strong team, making high quality game experiences. If you are a person who likes being challenged and stimulated in an ambitious and talented environment this position will suit you perfectly!

Required Qualifications

  • 10+ years as an 3D Artist, including production work on at least two shipped console or PC games
  • Experience working as a mentor, manager, AD, lead or similar role
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including artistic feedback
  • Excellent skills in Maya, Photoshop, Z-brush or equivalent
  • Ability to understand and interpret an artistic vision and maintain that both in your own and other people’s work
  • Ability to provide visual and written briefs for artists
  • A skilled artist with an impressive portfolio

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working on an action/adventure or open world title
  • Knowledge of gaming field trends and gaming design requirements and limitations
  • Broad range of experience or knowledge on a wide range of art specialisms and styles
  • Ability to create a range of high and low poly objects such as props, buildings and organic objects(rocks, trees, etc)
  • A good understanding of lighting, VFX/particle systems, renders passes, and compositing
  • Understand game design practice particularly mission and levels, game experience and an active player
  • Knowledge and understanding of anatomy - with an eye for accurate proportions, form, and details
  • Knowledge and understanding of various natural and urban landscapes - with an eye for accurate proportions, form, composition, and details.

Employee promise

We provide goals, instead of instructions, and the opportunity to do the best work of your career.

Our Values

At Avalanche Studios Group, we believe in worlds beyond limits, we are committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. Everyone at Avalanche Studios Group has a shared responsibility to create an open and inclusive work environment where everyone is treated equally and with respect. Being part of our world is not contingent on where you’re from, your gender, or sexual orientation. It’s all about your passion and creativity.

How to Apply

We will only consider applications that consist of both a cover letter and a CV. In your cover letter you should include why you want to work at Avalanche Studios Group. For this role you need to be able to work full-time in our Stockholm office.

To apply for this position please register below. Apply as soon as possible as we review applications continuously. All further information is provided under non-disclosure agreement only.