Art Director - Near Light (Hybrid)



We are looking for an Art Director to help bring our unannounced next-gen VR game to life at Near Light. If you see the potential in VR and want to collaborate with a talented team to explore, create, and deliver innovative software, we want to hear from you!

Our studio’s goal is to create trail-blazing, fresh and exciting immersive entertainment, bringing together the best of every discipline to converge on truly innovative games and experiences.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build and shape the team - hire, manage and mentor a studio of artists.
  • Establish and convey a clear methodology and process your team(s) can rally to, utilise, and flourish within.
  • Craft and evolve a creative and positive development process.
  • Instil a cross-discipline mentality throughout the studio and your team.
  • Become the evangelist for VR sensibilities, artistic possibilities, and innovations.
  • Support an agile, fail-fast methodology when exploring gameplay content.
  • Forge our products and studios’ technology, technical innovation and rendering, whilst balancing creativity with commercial pragmatism.
  • Evaluate product requirements, raise potential risks, and propose solutions.
  • Have hands-on creation and direction during the initial growth phases, leading by example.
  • Review and critique milestones with respect, balance, and actionable feedback.
  • Be a positive behavioural and mental role model for the team and studio.
  • Create a healthy working environment by ensuring positive scenarios of success for your team.


Essential capabilities:

  • 7 years of professional game development experience, with a minimum of 3 shipped titles.
  • The ability to define, communicate and champion an artistic vision.
  • Proven track record of hands-on art creation / sub-team leadership and achievement.
  • Creative responses to strategic pitch materials with ownable and innovative resolutions.
  • Effective and positive critiquing & articulation of successes and shortfalls.
  • Exceptional communication skills with strong leadership, interpersonal and people management abilities.
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of real-time game engines, tools, pipelines, optimisation, and cross-platform development.
  • Works proactively with diligence and accountability.
  • A committed team player, recognising the importance and value of people within a technology environment.

Desired experience:

  • Experience in VR game development.
  • Strong illustration skills are a bonus and useful for direction and visual communication.
  • Good technical performance and rendering knowledge to help mitigate creative direction issues.
  • Confidence in speaking at the boardroom level with the ability to communicate creative and product vision clearly and concisely, and risks to non-development staff.
  • Strong competitor analysis – the ability to critique and deconstruct competitor titles.
  • A willingness to ‘muck in’ at an operational level to get the job done.
  • Approachable and light-hearted, with a good sense of fun and a positive mental attitude.
  • Experience or in-depth knowledge of Unreal 4 / 5 is beneficial.


Who we are -

Near Light is the latest studio to join nDreams, the award-winning developer and publisher delivering world-leading interactive VR experiences.

We are looking for new team members who can help shape our next-generation VR games. We encourage individuals from all backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, gender identities and experience levels to apply for this role.

Why Near Light?

Our growing studio shares a passion for innovation, collaboration and defining the future of VR. We encourage an open, creative, and diverse culture, and empower people to explore their ideas and put their own stamp on our projects. With humble beginnings as an independent studio of our own, we combine big projects and opportunities with a personal, caring touch.

We have the small, inclusive, and open creative atmosphere of a start-up, with the experience and backing of the team behind titles including Shooty Fruity, Fracked, and the best-selling, award-winning Phantom: Covert Ops. This is a rare opportunity to contribute to the culture of a growing studio and be at the heart of both a new team and project right from the start.

We offer in-house, hybrid and remote working opportunities alongside great perks, including flexible hours, duvets days, your birthday off, dedicated personal development time and support, and regular socials and parties. Beyond this, there’s an excellent holiday offering, pension scheme, health insurance, life cover and much more.


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