d3t is at the cutting edge of technology and creativity, delivering co-development video game services to our global triple-A clients. Our successful studio is growing, and we are now looking for a Technical Artist to join the expanding Technical 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 is based in Runcorn, Cheshire and 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 including 2021 by

The Role – Technical Artist

The Technical Artist will be a key part of our growing team. We are looking for a creative problem solver to support both the art and animation team requirements, assisting with resolving technical issues, streamlining workflows, improving performance and creating toolsets.

We work with high-profile clients on amazing game titles and the Technical Artist will get to work on a wide variety of projects, raising the bar of the art productivity and efficiency, and therefore helping us satisfy and retain their loyalty.


  • Responsible for helping to establish and maintain project art pipelines from inception and throughout the project life-cycle.
  • Support the art and animation team requirements and assist with resolving technical issues.
  • Assist with creating and integrating in-house toolsets and be involved in creating materials/shaders.
  • Ensure all artwork hits memory and frame rate guidelines/restrictions by means of performance profiling.
  • Collaborate with the artists and feedback on how they can improve the performance of the in-game assets while maintaining visual fidelity.
  • Ensure all artwork adheres to guidelines regarding naming conventions, texture layering structures etc.
  • Keep up to date with industry advancements and technologies and share knowledge with the art team.
  • Add to our library of tutorials, documents and technical guides to improve efficiency in the art pipeline and be proactive in finding solutions to technical issues.
  • Advise the Senior Technical Artist of resourcing concerns and productions risks.
  • Encourage and mentor other members of the Technical Art Team.


Essential Skills:

  • Enjoy the technical challenge and constraints of real-time game art and have some understanding of modern rendering, shading and lighting techniques.
  • Must be performance and quality focused.
  • Must have an excellent working knowledge and proficiency in Maya and/or 3DS Max and an excellent in-depth knowledge in Python.
  • Strong communication and organisation skills and confident working within a multidisciplinary art team.
  • Able to create materials/shaders and a good understanding of a PBR workflow.
  • Good understanding of the technical limitations of current console hardware.
  • Practical and methodical approach to technical and creative problem-solving.
  • Demonstrate dependability and commitment to projects and tasks, and a hunger to learn and improve as a Technical Artist.
  • Flexible and calm approach with the ability to adapt to change.
  • Ability to deliver quality work within fixed time constraints.
  • Good knowledge of current game development practices and terminology and a passion for staying up to date with latest technology and embracing new game art techniques.

Desirable Skills:

  • MEL and/or Maxscript knowledge is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of the Maya API and programming in C++ or C# is advantageous.
  • Some understanding of various other tools and software used in development, Photoshop, Substance, Houdini etc is also advantageous.
  • Knowledge of Unreal Engine or Unity is advantageous.
  • Experience of working within game development for at least 2 years.
  • At least 1 published title.


d3t is a great environment to work in and offers the following company benefits and perks:

  • 25 days holiday (+ bank holidays)
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Flexible working hours
  • Private Medical Insurance Scheme & Eye Care Scheme
  • Employee Share Scheme
  • Anti-crunch ethos - an amazingly professional, fun and supportive working environment!
  • Income Protection
  • Annual Bonus – be rewarded for great teamwork!
  • Free Parking
  • Monthly Fitness Sessions
  • Complimentary Refreshments – an extensive range to suit all dietary preferences
  • Company Socials, Project Launch/Wrap Parties + Annual d3t Events
  • Breakout Areas – filled with perks such as games, snacks etc.
  • Assistance and support with re-location to the area

Note – we are ideally looking for candidates that are willing to re-locate to our studio after Covid has passed but are happy to consider talented applicants that desire to work remotely. All interviews will be held via video call.

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