Undergraduate Placement Technical Artist – 2024/25

Art | Sumo Leamington Spa
Undergraduate Placement Scheme

About Sumo Digital, Leamington
Sumo Leamington was established in March 2019, and is managed and operated by a team of industry veterans with deep experience of service-based games. Our vision statement is quite simply 'we make you look forward to tomorrow'; a vision to make games which players will keep coming back to - day after day, year after year. 
We also believe that by putting people and purpose first, our studio culture is one that drives performance, boasts enthusiasm, and is something that the team are proud to say they are part of. 
Undergraduate Placement Technical Artist 2024/25 
Are you currently in your second year at University and keen to work on development on one of our games?  
Sumo Digital are delighted to announce the return of our paid Game Art Undergraduate Placement scheme for the academic year 2024/25! 
The scheme offers a fantastic opportunity for talented students to spend a year working as Artists on our live projects, a great chance to improve your skills on a real project. We highly value the contribution that exceptional, undergraduate talent bring to our studio, many of our placement students have returned to work for us permanently after graduation.  
Sumo’s Art Placement scheme is open to Artists at any university who require an industrial placement in their third year.  
We are particularly interested in offering a placement to people wishing to specialise in Technical Art.
Applicants should demonstrate an understanding of creating assets, as well as an interest in technical art skills using a game engine. These can be a range of techniques such as shader creation or tooling, showcasing problem solving & an interest in learning new skills. 
To be considered for this role, applicants must have a passion for video game art and should be working towards a 2:1 classification and above in their studies and should be able to provide an exceptional portfolio showcasing their digital and traditional art skills.
To apply, please upload your CV and a cover letter explaining why you want to work for Sumo and what makes you a good artist. It is essential that you provide a portfolio of your work for our hiring managers to review, your application will not be considered without one.
Please note that this opportunity is specifically for a placement with our Leamington studio, however this role can be done remotely within the UK. 
What’s in it for you?
Sumo also offers a highly personable benefits package which has something for everyone, no matter where you are in your career.  
Financial: Annual bonus, flexible benefits allowance, salary sacrifice pension, benefits hub, payroll giving, an employee referral scheme (up to £3,000), financial/home buying consultations, workplace ISA and other schemes for tech loans, car loan and bicycles.   
Work-life balance: Flexible working, 21 free choice days holiday (increasing to 22 with service), bank holidays, birthday day off, a duvet day (increasing to 4 with service), Christmas shutdown (Christmas Eve to New Year) and options to buy or sell up to a week of annual leave*. 
Health and Wellbeing: Dental insurance, income protection, life assurance, BUPA private healthcare*, leading EAP programs (remote GP, mental health, physio, nutrition, lifestyle coaching and second opinions (medical)), critical illness cover*, health cash plan*, flexible gym (in-studio or discounts) and funded flu vaccines/eye tests. 
Personal Development: Structured Personal Development tool, regular appraisals, annual salary reviews, access to Udemy learning platform, 5/8 learning days per annum (1 can be used as a volunteer day), award-winning L&D team and yearly attendance to the Sumo Developers Conference (link to video).
Extra Perks: A variety of in-studio perks, regular care packages, studio days out (family welcome), studio-led social activities (game jams, yoga, quizzes, life drawing and more), sabbaticals (at 10 years’ service) and an annual gaming subscription. 
*These benefits are part of our flexible benefits options and are opt in selections. 
Inclusion and Belonging at Sumo Digital:
We are dedicated to growing a sustainable business that provides security to our people while delivering a first-class experience to our partners and players. 
As a people business, the success of our people is the success of our company. We prioritise taking care of them with a focus on supporting them, nurturing their talent and providing a healthy, friendly, enriching, creative and safe environment in which to work. 
Sumo's employee diversity group, PRISM, exists to promote diversity, inclusion, equity, equality & wellbeing across the company and plays a key role in Sumo's ongoing goal of fostering environments where all employees feel safe, welcome & represented. 
Our charitable and community initiatives provide support for meaningful causes that matter to our employees, clients and partners. 
We continue to work to improve diversity in our recruitment and promotion processes, and to actively encourage people from marginalised groups to consider a career in the games industry.