Level Artist (Unreal)

Serenity Forge
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May 17, 2023
Full Time
$55,000 - $75,000 / year

Serenity Forge is looking for a Level (Environment) Artist to help build a rich interactive world for an 3D game project under development in Unreal Engine. Under the supervision of the Art Director and in collaboration with narrative and game designers, you will work in Unreal Engine 5 to craft compelling game environments through new and existing 3D assets, creative lighting, and overall composition of the space.

This position may be remote, but the strongest candidates will be located in Colorado or willing to relocate in the near future, all else being equal.


Role Responsibilities

  • Generate ideas for levels that contribute to the vision of the game in concert with narrative systems and motivations
  • Work in Unreal to set-dress levels according to general and scene-specific aesthetic guidance, using level blockouts constructed by designers atop landscapes created by the art team as your foundation
  • Consult designers in the dressing and polish of your designed levels to highlight story beats and amplify the intended player experience
  • Collaborate with programmers on gameplay events and behaviors to provide motivated spaces for puzzles and interactables
  • Consult with technical specialists to guide the optimization of your environments and the creation of in-house tools that may assist your process


Required Skills and Experience

  • Proven experience as an environment artist or level designer on a commercially shipped title
  • Deep intuition for how level and gameplay design can be leveraged to support the narrative and visual facets of a game
  • Critical-thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to adapt those creative intuitions to actionable development guidance for yourself and others
  • Demonstrable proficiency with Unreal, its world-building tools, and its foliage systems
  • Strong understanding of how a high-level prompt for a desired level or event can be ideated, drafted, iterated, and polished into a functional, creative, shippable level


Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Proficiency in visual media such as concept art; environmental, architectural, and interior design; illustration and storyboarding; or 3D modeling
  • Experience with Blueprints scripting for behaviors, tools, procedural art, etc.
  • A portfolio of work that demonstrates a diverse range of environmental design and an ability to convey through composition, staging, and lighting
  • Familiarity with new experimental modeling and world creation tools in UE5, including but not limited to procedural content generation (PCG) tools


Compensation and Benefits Offered

  • $55,000 - $75,000 / year, based on experience and skillset
  • Full-Time
  • Remote or In-Person (relocation assistance available)
  • Health Plan, fully covered
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan with Matching
  • Open PTO policy


A message from the team: Even if you think you might be a little underqualified or misfit for the role based on the description above, we encourage you to apply nonetheless. We've always done our best to hire and nurture a diverse team of talented people, and we know firsthand that on-paper fit isn't everything. We've all been in your shoes at one time or another, and we know how hard it can be to put yourself out there, especially for people from marginalized or non-traditional backgrounds. But if you're excited by the idea of working with us, we'll always be excited to hear from you.


Serenity Forge is deeply committed to cultivating an inclusive environment, prohibiting discrimination or harassment, and providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants, in accordance with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Serenity Forge

Serenity Forge, based out of Boulder, Colorado, develops and publishes meaningful games that challenge the way you think. We pride ourselves on the care and dedication we put into our work. Now is a great time to join a growing studio that seeks passionate team members to contribute to the next generation of great games. We've got some amazing projects in the works, and we want you to help make them even better!

We are a long-term driven studio that provides opportunities for new members to develop exciting skills, so don't be afraid to apply even when your current experience doesn't fit 100% of the job requirements!


Perks & Benefits

Take a look at some of the perks and benefits we offer to full-time employees below!

  • Close-knit Team. A close sense of comradery and dedication to our work.
  • 401(k). 401(k) retirement savings plan with generous employer match.
  • Health & Dental Insurance. Comprehensive medical plans including dental coverage for you to choose from based on your needs.
  • Generous PTO and Performance-driven Rewards. Whether you’re an efficient worker who values work-life balance or an extremely hard worker who gives 110%, we value and reward a wide range of employees.
  • Generous Holidays. Extended company holiday breaks.
  • Career Advancement. A growing studio with potential opportunities to greatly advance your technical, creative, or leadership roles.


Our Vision

We believe that video games can become a vital part of art, culture, and education. Ultimately, we are in the business of creating meaningful experiences and expanding peoples' horizons.

We also believe that video games can literally and metaphorically save lives. The video below summarizes the near-death experience of Serenity Forge’s CEO, Zhenghua Yang (Z), and how it motivated him to found Serenity Forge.

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