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Working As An Art Consultant

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Art Consultant Do

Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. They create the overall design and direct others who develop artwork or layouts.

Duties

Art directors typically do the following: 

  • Determine how best to represent a concept visually
  • Determine which photographs, art, or other design elements to use
  • Develop the overall look or style of a publication, an advertising campaign, or a theater, television, or film set
  • Lead graphic designers, set and exhibit designers, or other design staff
  • Review and approve designs, artwork, photography, and graphics developed by other staff members 
  • Talk to clients to develop an artistic approach and style
  • Coordinate activities with other artistic and creative departments
  • Develop detailed budgets and timelines
  • Present designs to clients for approval

Art directors typically oversee the work of other designers and artists who produce images for television, film, live performances, advertisements, or video games. They determine the overall style in which a message is communicated visually to its audience. For each project, they articulate their vision to artists. The artists then create images, such as illustrations, graphics, photographs, or charts and graphs, or design stage and movie sets, according to the art director’s vision.

Art directors work with art and design staffs in advertising agencies, public relations firms, and book, magazine, or newspaper publishers to create designs and layouts. They also work with producers and directors of theater, television, or movie productions to oversee set designs. Their work requires them to understand the design elements of projects, inspire other creative workers, and keep projects on budget and on time. Sometimes they are responsible for developing budgets and timelines. 

The following are some specifics of what art directors do in different industries:

In publishing, art directors typically oversee the page layout of catalogs, newspapers, or magazines. They also choose the cover art for books and periodicals. Often, this work includes publications for the Internet, so art directors oversee production of the websites used for publication.

In advertising and public relations, art directors ensure that their clients’ desired message and image are conveyed to consumers. Art directors are responsible for the overall visual aspects of an advertising or media campaign and coordinate the work of other artistic or design staff, such as graphic designers.

In movie production, art directors collaborate with directors to determine what sets will be needed for the film and what style or look the sets should have. They hire and supervise a staff of assistant art directors or set designers to complete designs.

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How To Become An Art Consultant

Art directors need at least a bachelor’s degree in an art or design subject and previous work experience. Depending on the industry, they may have worked as graphic designers, fine artists, editors, or photographers, or in another art or design occupation before becoming art directors. 

Education

Many art directors start out in another art-related occupation, such as fine artists or photographers. Work experience in art or design occupations develops an art director’s ability to visually communicate to a specific audience creatively and effectively. They gain the appropriate education for that occupation, usually by earning a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

To supplement their work experience in those occupations and show their ability to take on a more creative or a more managerial role, some complete a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most art directors work 5 years or more in another occupation before becoming art directors. Depending upon the industry, they may work as graphic designers, fine artists, editors, photographers, or in another art or design occupation before becoming art directors.

For many artists, including art directors, developing a portfolio—a collection of an artist’s work that demonstrates his or her styles and abilities—is essential. Managers, clients, and others look at artists’ portfolios when they are deciding whether to hire an employee or contract for an art project.

Important Qualities 

Communication skills. Art directors must be able to listen to and speak with staff and clients to ensure that they understand employees’ ideas and clients’ desires for advertisements, publications, or movie sets.

Creativity. Art directors must be able to come up with interesting and innovative ideas to develop advertising campaigns, set designs, or layout options.

Leadership skills. Art directors must be able to organize, direct, and motivate other artists. They need to articulate their visions to artists and oversee the work as it progresses.

Resourcefulness. Art directors must be able to adapt their latest designs to the changing technology used in their industry.

Time-management skills. Balancing competing priorities and multiple projects while meeting strict deadlines is critical for art directors.

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Art Consultant Career Paths

Art Consultant
Assistant Manager Owner Marketing Director
Senior Director Of Marketing
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Owner Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager General Manager Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Manager Production Manager
Vice President Of Production
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Owner Creative Director
Chief Creative Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Director Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Sales And Marketing Manager Event Manager
Events Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Production Manager Art Director
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Consultant Advertising Manager
Director Of Marketing And Advertising
6 Yearsyrs
Store Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing Strategist
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Assistant Store Manager Visual Merchandising Manager
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Gallery Manager Art Director Creative Services Director
Director, Marketing And Creative Services
10 Yearsyrs
Gallery Manager Studio Manager Traffic Manager
Freelance Project Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Marketing Manager Digital Marketing Manager
Brand Strategist
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Instructional Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Production Manager Print Production Manager
Marketing Production Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Senior Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Marketing And Design Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Senior Graphic Designer Graphic Design Manager
Creative Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Art Consultant Demographics

Gender

Female

61.3%

Male

29.3%

Unknown

9.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.2%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

7.6%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.4%

French

19.2%

Italian

8.1%

German

4.0%

Japanese

4.0%

Mandarin

4.0%

Korean

3.0%

Portuguese

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Chinese

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%

Swahili

1.0%

Estonian

1.0%

Finnish

1.0%

Yoruba

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Serbian

1.0%

Thai

1.0%
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Art Consultant Education

Schools

New York University

15.5%

Columbia University

6.1%

Michigan State University

5.4%

Academy of Art University

4.7%

Brigham Young University

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.7%

University of Nevada - Las Vegas

4.7%

Savannah College of Art and Design

4.7%

Miami Dade College

4.7%

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

4.1%

School of Visual Arts

4.1%

University of Southern California

4.1%

University of Texas at Austin

4.1%

George Mason University

4.1%

University of Florida

4.1%

University of Central Florida

4.1%

University of Georgia

4.1%

University of California - San Diego

4.1%

Fashion Institute of Technology

4.1%

Maryland Institute College of Art

4.1%
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Majors

Fine Arts

32.4%

Graphic Design

9.9%

Business

9.6%

Photography

4.2%

Psychology

4.0%

Interior Design

3.8%

Communication

3.8%

Marketing

3.8%

English

3.6%

Education

3.2%

Elementary Education

2.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.5%

Rehabilitation Science

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

History

2.2%

Entertainment Business

2.1%

Design And Visual Communication

2.1%

Visual And Performing Arts

2.0%

Educational Leadership

2.0%

Theatre

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.5%

Other

22.4%

Masters

19.2%

Associate

7.3%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

2.4%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$49,000
Min 10%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$179,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Egan Company
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.6 years
How much does an Art Consultant make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Art Consultant in the United States is $94,680 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $49,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $179,000.

Real Art Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Art Consultant Remote and Sublime, Inc. New York, NY Dec 16, 2011 $60,000
Art Consultant Charles Griffin, Inc. New York, NY Oct 04, 2010 $56,000
Art Consultant Charles Griffin, Inc. New York, NY Nov 30, 2011 $55,250
Fine Art Consultant Pranayama Art, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2013 $49,920
Research & Archive, Art Consultant Egan Design Studios Ltd. New York, NY Apr 30, 2012 $42,909
Research & Archive, Art Consultant Egan Design Studios New York, NY Apr 30, 2012 $42,909
Art Consultant/Distributor Chesty Blonde, Inc. CA Apr 15, 2011 $40,000
Art Consultant/Distributor Chesty Blonde, Inc. CA Apr 25, 2011 $40,000

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Top Skills for An Art Consultant

  1. Art Direction
  2. New Clients
  3. Customer Service
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  • Specialized in revitalizing the art collections of previous and current clients and cultivating new clients through sales and customer service.
  • Demonstrated an unwavering commitment to customer service, adding new collectors while maintaining premium service levels with existing collectors.
  • Assisted established clientele with updating art collections.
  • Expanded store's customer base through external client contact, phone calls and direct mail.
  • Worked sales floor selling fine art and sculptures.

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  4. New Jersey
  5. New York
  6. Washington
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  8. North Dakota
  9. New Mexico
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