Experienced Lighting Artist

Art | Total War

This is an excellent opportunity for a Lighting Artist looking for a new challenge to join our talented art team at our studio in Horsham based in the heart of Sussex, England.

In this exciting role, you will bring your knowledge and experience to be able to make a real impact in Creative Assembly’s multi-award-winning TOTAL WAR series helping to build a believable world for players to enjoy.

Please ensure you provide a portfolio along with your application.

Key Responsibilities

As a Lighting Artist you will work with the project Art Directors to bring life to the worlds we create. You will be a competent all-round CG artist, with a strong artistic ability and have a proven track record of lighting in games.

On a day-to-day basis you will:
  • Be responsible for lighting our maps and characters, contributing significantly to the overall look of the frame
  • Keep artistic style consistent with defined visual style for the game
  • Produce high end visuals within tight performance budgets
  • Have excellent communication and collaboration skills as this is critical to the success of this role
  • Work closely with cross-discipline teams to create high fidelity, believable, real-time lighting for the different TOTAL WAR products 
Knowledge, Skill and Experience 

  • Portfolio demonstrating a considerable range of experience with lighting of environments, characters, and cinematics
  • Exceptional artistic eye and excellent at interpreting visual references
  • Excellent understanding of composition, colour theory and material in relation to their application in games
  • Comprehensive understanding for lighting fundamentals, cinematography, and photography
  • Strong comprehension of how to use lighting to both guide the player's eye and enhance mood
  • Strong understanding of PBR, HDR and global illumination practices 
  • Proficiency with off-line and real-time rendering packages
  • Experience working on and shipping AAA game titles
  • Knowledge of photography principles and image correction techniques
  • Traditional art skills
  • Experience with real-time game engines 

Creative Assembly is about the right people making the best games. We are united through our values; Quality, Focus, Teamwork, Respect and Trust.

We house many talented people, from trainees to industry veterans who constantly challenge us and make sure we are striving for the best within our games and our studio life.

Winner of multiple Best Place to Work Awards, we have studio sites in Horsham UK and Sofia Bulgaria, including a number of bespoke state-of-the-art audio suites and a dedicated motion capture site.

Currently we are working fully remotely, and we continue to assess the COVID-19 situation with the safety of our staff our number one priority. We are still actively recruiting and onboarding new staff each week. Our expert IT and HR teams will set you up with everything you need to join remotely whether you will need to relocate to the UK (or within the UK) now, or at a later date.  

We offer many benefits to support you and your family including:
  • Bespoke relocation package for you and your dependents, with support throughout the process from our dedicated Relocation Specialists
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave, private medical and dental insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, critical illness cover and free health care screening
  • Generous holiday allowance plus full studio closure over the Christmas and New Year period, and all UK Bank holidays
  • Annual discretionary studio bonus
  • Join our award-winning education and social responsibility programme; the Legacy Project, as an industry ambassador to mentor and educate others
  • Defined career development pathways and personalised training support including; SEGA Dev Day, internal masterclasses, prestigious creative workshops, on-site training with renowned specialists and global conference attendance
  • Opportunity to join our Diversity and Inclusion Network – an employee-led group
  • Season ticket travel loans and cycle to work scheme with free bike servicing and discounted car valet service on site
  • Free games and merchandise plus access to our extensive games library
  • Free breakfast every day - toast, bagels, pancakes, cereals, yoghurts, fresh fruit, smoothies, juices, milkshakes and more in our fully stocked kitchen*
  • Wellbeing support with an employee assistance programme and onsite confidential sessions
  • In-studio heavily subsidised massage therapy*
  • Discounts for home technology, travel insurance, corporate gym membership, cinema tickets, holidays, trips out and Ikea vouchers, and many local businesses including estate agents
  • Studio parties for you and your family; such as our Summer Festival, Christmas Party plus a separate Children’s Christmas Party. We also have Cinema days and wrap parties for game releases*
  • Studio community activities such as free Japanese lessons, life drawing, creative writing, Pilates, Walking Challenges, Couch to 5k, basketball, game and movie evenings, board game club, 5-a-side football, CA Choir, Sword fighting (yes, sword fighting) and loads more*
*some of the above in-studio benefits are on hold while we work remotely during COVID-19. 

Our studio sites have disabled access. We are an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.