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Art Internship

The goal at XR Games is to be the best developer of VR titles in the world.


Founded in 2017, XR Games is a multi award-winning virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) game development studio with over 100 members of staff. We make games that provide 3D virtual experiences for players to navigate, explore, and have fun in.


We work closely with Sony Pictures to bring movie licences to life in VR as well as working with the world’s largest publishers and hardware manufacturers such as Meta, PlayStation, Microsoft, and more!


Following the success and critical acclaim of projects such as Zombieland: Headshot Fever, we are now working on multiple high-profile projects with recognisable IP’s & licences as we continue to grow and invest in our future.


The Role

The Intern Artist is an entry-level role within the 3D art team. It is intended for those with no experience who are taking their first steps into the games industry. Over the course of your internship, you’ll not only have the opportunity to learn from all that we have to offer, but we hope will make a meaningful impact on the production of some incredibly exciting VR titles. Therefore their role will be broad, covering a number of different aspects of games art to support the rest of the team.


Your Accountabilities


  • Asset Creation - You will collaborate with the art team in the creation of art assets for XR Games' projects. This involves contributing to the creation of 3D assets, character designs, environments, textures, and potentially animations.


  • Reference Collection - You will actively engage in reference collection by gathering visual materials, images, and resources that inspire and inform the artistic direction of the game. Your efforts will aid in building a library of references that artists can draw inspiration from during the creative process.


  • Optimisation - You will learn to optimise art assets to enhance performance and memory efficiency while maintaining the intended visual quality. This involves understanding techniques for reducing file sizes, optimising polygon counts, and improving frame rates to ensure a smooth player experience.


  • Colour Swatches - Assist in the creation and management of colour swatches and palettes that align with the game's visual style. This involves curating a set of colours that maintain consistency and contribute to the desired aesthetic of the game.


Are you the right person?

Our internships are designed to be placements for those who are still studying. This means that they are ideal for those who want to take a year out in between years at university or those who have just completed a college course.


While we don’t expect you to have any professional experience we are expecting you to have experience creating game-ready 3D assets either through study or personal projects. You will be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of 3D modelling as well as industry standard rolls such as 3DS Max & Maya. Experience working with game engines will also be seen very favourably. Additionally you should be someone who demonstrates a passion for video games and game development.


Our Values - Creative / Reliable / Problem Solver / Collaborative / Positive / Authentic

Our culture values are the DNA of what makes a good XR Games Employee. Throughout the interview process our team will be seeking evidence of these values in your personality, behaviour & experiences and will be taken into account alongside your work experience, skills and knowledge when it comes to hiring decisions.



Application Details

This is a paid internship lasting 12 months, applications are open now and will close on December 8th 2023. The successful candidate will need to be able to work full-time from our studio in Leeds from summer 2024.


Key dates:

  • December 8th 2023 - Application deadline

  • January 28th 2024 - Art test submission deadline

  • February 2024 - Interview period

  • June/July 2024 - Internship commences for 12 months


Package Includes;


  • 25 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays)

  • +1 extra birthday holiday

  • Flexible start time – work when works best for you! 

  • Access to Currys Tech Scheme

  • Access to a Private Healthcare plan

  • State of the art office facility – complete with a fully equipped bar, gym, pool table, multiple games rooms, high spec kitchen areas with breakfast provided…

  • UK relocation financial assistance 

  • Regular employee socials such as game launch parties, Game Jams and more

  • Free game codes for our latest titles 

  • Total 8% shared contribution pension 


Have you made it this far?

If you’re still reading, we think there’s a strong chance you might be our kind of person.


Here’s the thing, though — research suggests that 60% of women and underrepresented folks might have already talked themselves out of applying. Even if you don’t check every box above, we want to encourage you to introduce yourself. 


We believe a diversity of perspectives and experiences makes a team stronger — and the stronger our team, the closer we are to developing the best VR games possible.

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