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How to get a job as a video games artist

Recruiters from leading video games studios reveal what they're looking for in an artist.

Want to work as an artist in video games? Then good news: the industry is booming and most studios are hiring. So how should you go about getting your dream job?

The first step is pretty straightforward: check out advertised jobs on your preferred company’s website. Right now, for example, British games studio Creative Assembly has 37 roles listed on its careers page. There are also plenty of roles going on our design jobs page.

“We recruit in a wide range of fields,” explains Kevin McDowell, the art director for its Total War series. “These include concept art, concept design, UI design, character design, animation, rigging/tech animation, technical art, real-time VFX, environment art, cinematics, illustration and art management. And we will scan the globe to find the right people.”

Besides this groundwork though, what else do hopeful video game artists need to keep in mind? We spoke to recruiters from the video games studios to hear what they're looking for when hiring.

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