Nick Burns

Phone: (613) 304-3312

Personal Statement

I’m an artist and designer, passionate about the design industry, creative and unique projects, and clean and simple design. I spend most of my time drawing, designing, and working on various multimedia projects, ranging from graphic design and film production, to animation and video game design. My goal is to be a member of a strong and collaborative team, to flex my creative skills, and gain valuable experience in industry.


  • Print Designer & Usability Testing Officer
    Elections Canada
    July 2017 - Current
    Design graphical and instructional material for electoral field staff, and issue testing to support iterations.
  • Digital Media Instructor
    Virtual Ventures (Actua)
    September 2016 - October 2016
    Develop and teach weekend lessons pertaining to digital media design.
  • Game Design Instructor
    Virtual Ventures (Actua)
    May 2016 - August 2016
    Develop and teach lessons pertaining to game design, and insure safety and engagement.
  • Sales Representative
    Best Buy Canada
    October 2015 - May 2016
    Assist customers in understanding tech products, and recommend solutions for inquiries.
  • Web & Graphic Designer
    Carleton University School of IT
    May 2015 - August 2015
    Prototype and design website, graphics, and banners for several CSIT websites.
  • Graphic & Brand Designer
    Ambrotek Corp
    October 2014 - June 2015
    Design business cards, banners, posters, decals and other business related materials.


  • Bachelor of Information Technology specialized in Interactive Multimedia & Design
    Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
    September 2013 - April 2017
  • Advanced Diploma of Applied Arts, Interactive Multimedia & Design
    Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON
    September 2013 - April 2017
  • Ontario High School Diploma
    St Joseph High School, Ottawa, ON
    September 2007 - June 2013


  • Volunteer
    Ottawa International Animation Festival
    June 2015
  • Technician
    St Joseph Tech Crew
    September 2011 - June 2013
    Setup and operated light and sound equipment for plays, ceremonies, sports events, live music and more.
  • Assistant Coach
    Ottawa South United Soccer Club
    April 2011 - August 2011


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Audition
  • Unreal Engine 3
  • Unreal Engine 4
  • Unity 5
  • Source Engine
  • AutoDesk Maya
  • Substance Painter 2
  • Microsoft Office
  • GitHub
  • Slack
  • Hootsuite


  • Experience dealing with clients, both directly and indirectly.
  • Wide array of skills with multiple technologies of different disciplines.
  • Experience in project management of multiple projects at once, insuring timely delivery.
  • Worked in multi-discipline teams, both supervised and unsupervised on different projects.
  • Quick to learn new systems and pipelines.
  • Strong visual coordination and communication skills.
  • English and French speaking.

Projects & Events

  • Halen: Ballad of the Blade Thief
    Lead a team and built a single player, third person, action platformer game, over the course of one year as a 4th year thesis project. Primary responsibilities were project management, level design in Unity 5, and marketing materials such as trailers, social media relations, and posters.
    2016 - 2017 | View Project
  • Hack the North
    Competed in a 36 hour hackathon as 1 of 1000 university students in Waterloo, ON.
  • Archer
    Created and maintained a fully featured multiplayer arena level for Unreal Tournament (Open-Development with Epic Games). 
    2015 - 2016 | View Project
  • Global Game Jam Participant
    Participated in a 48 hour video game development hackathon with a team of artists and developers.
  • Level Design Competitor
    Designed multiplayer game levels for the Unreal Tournament community challenges, and was named first place twice (2011 & 2014)
    2007 - 2014
  • Skills Competition
    Participated in the St. Lawrence Skills Competition in the category of film production.

Academic Awards

  • Technology Skill Award (2013)
  • Graduated with Honors (2013)
  • French Immersion Certificate (2013)


Looking for full time or contract work.

I am available to call between 9:00am and 9:00pm ET weekdays (given normal circumstances) and I am always reachable by email at or through the contact page.


Dr. Ali Arya | Thesis Adviser & Professor
Phone: +1 (613) 520 2600 x4184

Dr. Chris Joslin | Employer & Professor
Phone: +1 (613) 520 2600 x1889

Thank You

I would like to thank you in advance for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.


Nick Burns