Art director (video games)

Artistic directors on video game projects ensure the game’s concepts are brought to life through a range of graphic design elements.


The objectives of artistic directors on video games are focused around three main areas – design, negotiating with other contributors and monitoring that the technique produces the right results. An artistic director leads a team of graphic designers and integrators, ensuring that the graphics support the context of a video’s gameplay. Directors communicate all the information necessary for the team to create a complete model of the game before final production.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and support a team through the production process so that the finished product meets the requirements of the customer.
  • Maintain communications with external customers and participate in product presentations to customers.
  • Communicate graphic themes of style and goals of a product to the team.
  • Ensure quality, consistency and compliance of the graphic production throughout the production process.
  • Assist the project manager in the selection of resources and setting production schedules.
  • Participate in the development of new graphic techniques.

For People Who

  • Enjoy being on the leading edge of technologies.
  • Thoroughly understand artistic techniques related to the game being produced.
  • Have a talent for drawing.
  • Have excellent knowledge of the principles of anatomy and design.
  • Have a basic knowledge of art history.
  • Are bilingual.
  • Are creative.
  • Can mobilize and inspire a team.
  • Are great communicators and can present ideas clearly.
  • Have strong management skills.
  • Are accountable.
  • Have good interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Are deadline oriented and able to work under pressure.
  • Are excellent team players.
  • Have strong analytical and synthesis skills.
  • Are adaptable and flexible.
  • Are skilled in project management environments.

Education Pathways

Several combinations of education and experience can lead to a career as an artistic director. These include:

  • College diploma in 3D animation, multimedia integration techniques.
  • Preferably a bachelors degree in such areas as arts, music and art history.


  • A quality portfolio of previous graphic design works.
  • Experience in modeling.
  • Five years experience in the video game industry.
  • Experience in producing commercially successful films and games that were delivered on schedule.

Median Salary

$ 63 000
Source: Compensation TECHNOCompétences 2010

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