Production Art Director - Props & Models

Universal Orlando - Orlando, FL

Full-time
At Universal Creative, we design, develop and deliver the most compelling entertainment experiences imaginable to drive growth for Universal Parks & Resorts worldwide. Our innovative attractions, immersive theme parks and world-class resorts fuse art and technology to create new standards in the themed entertainment industry.

Our Team Members are the driving force behind Universal Creative. With their diverse skills and forward-thinking ideas, our team pushes us beyond the boundaries of what’s possible to achieve the extraordinary. Together, we’re creating a Universe of fun, always ensuring the next thing we do is better than the last thing we did.

JOB SUMMARY: Provide creative concept and design development for projects as required by Universal Creative. They will direct identified elements and artistic style for the given scope of the project. Directs original design intent and/or update of design intent. Collaborates with the Creative Director, Show Producer, Art Director and project team to develop and direct creative design intent to meet project creative, business, technical, and operational objectives.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
Monitors, develops, and fabricates visual design giving direction while defining elements of the assigned project that affect the guest experience. This may be accomplished with many different methods, including, but not limited to; creating sketches, illustrations, models, composite imagery and image research documentation. Supervise others to develop and fabricate those design ideas.
Responsible for aesthetic direction for projects and improvements, maintenance and refurbishing efforts with the goal of creating and maintaining the design intent of themed environments in exterior and interior guest areas. Sets standards and provides oversight and direction of design and construction in progress for creative quality.
Responsible for providing creative design and development including communicating visual ideas through sketching, drafting and rendering.
Ensures project documentation of art and finish specifications, materials specification and design administration. Works with project management to insure schedules, deliverables, and fiscal accountability.
Establishes, builds and maintains open relationships based on trust and partnering with key clients and support departments.
EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Art, Theatrical Design or Architecture required. Master’s degree in Theater, Art, Film, or Architecture is preferred.

EXPERIENCE:
Designing experience based entertainment for world-class theme parks or related industries; must have at least 10-15 years production design, aesthetic installation, and field experience based on Universal Creative standards or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Other: Required highly creative with a keen eye for environmental design and detail. Required knowledge of the process of design, development, contracting and construction, and of thematic materials and finishes. Must have visual communication skills including sketching, rendering, drafting and presentation. Must have story interpretation and development, visual translation of story to environment. Some experience in environmental design, entertainment and display preferred. Knowledge of architectural and theatrical lighting, wardrobe and color theory preferred.
Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package.

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