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Associate Art Director

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Associate Art Director – FIFA

EA Create is a collective of content production teams partnering with EA Studios game teams to bring outstanding visuals, audio, and technology to life. Our teams are comprised of artists, engineers, technicians, designers, and development directors. Worldwide, we combine our teams to form a global group of extraordinary individuals fueled by imagination and a unified passion for creating amazing visuals, sound, and experiences. We are a diverse team, unified through collaboration, culture, and craft.

We are looking for an accomplished and experienced Associate Art Director to join our FIFA Art Team.

The Associate Art Director will work under the guidance of the Senior Art Director and in partnership with FIFA's Production and Design teams to manage the visual quality, direction, and art development of some of FIFA's essential visual features.

We ask that you have visual direction skills that span multiple disciplines and can provide clarity to your art team, empowering them to deliver their best work. You will work with external concept art teams and will translate those concepts into clear, compelling in-game features. Day to day, it will involve collaboration with the Development team to understand the feature goals and player motivations as they relate to your work, and a close working partnership with your artists, technical artists, and Development Director partners to ensure the creative vision is delivered successfully to the game. You will be supported with high-level vision and mentorship from the Senior Art Director, with the opportunity to provide regular feedback on your experience and suggest changes or improvements. You will guide alignment with the Senior Art Director, and communicate decisions to your development partners. You will work with a variety of art capabilities including environments, characters, animation, lighting, and vfx.

Responsibilities:

  • Direct involvement with visual feature planning and creative vision for FIFA
  • Represent the development team as an advocate for visual feature goals and quality standards when working with partner artists and art tech groups
  • Create comprehensive briefs for internal and external art teams
  • Lead visual prototyping initiatives for your feature areas
  • Daily art direction of visual features
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to your art team and ensure a positive, healthy working relationship
  • Contribute to the Style and Tone documentation for your feature areas
  • Oversee AAA art creation workflows and suggest improvements when needed

Desired Skills:

  • Expertise in at least one 3D domain (environments, characters, lighting, visual effects, concept art) and proficiency or developing proficiency in the others
  • Passion, organization, and enthusiasm
  • An inclusive leadership mindset
  • Experience as an Associate Art Director, Art Lead, or Senior Artist in digital media, familiar with setting and giving direction across multiple art disciplines
  • Experience with formal review processes and stakeholder alignment
  • Ability to direct and delegate to internal and external artists through visual targets, paintovers, and mood boards
  • Able to work with project management partners to manage delivery timelines in a fast-paced environment