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Art Direction Bootcamp: Don't Forget the Team: Directing Careers

Keith Self-Ballard  (Principal Artist, Volition)

Location: Room 2001, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Art Direction Bootcamp

Vault Recording: Video

So, your game is a huge success. Great! Now, do you want the same team who built that game to stick around for the next one? Great career direction is just as critical to a studio’s success as great art direction. This talk will focus on the reasons why art directors need to invest energy in the team as well as common misconceptions about the artist’s journey from entry-level to senior staff member.


This talk will be a broad exploration of how the artists’ career path has changed over several generations, and how that transformed expectations of career direction. Attendees will learn concrete questions and approaches to use in evaluating the growth and development of their team. Furthermore, attendees will learn how to direct artists away from poor assumptions that often lead to common pitfalls in their careers.

Intended Audience

This talk is targeted at individuals in new leadership positions or directors who, perhaps through studio changes or team growth, have struggled to stay “connected” to the team and the needs of individuals in their careers.