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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:
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.
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.
Hispanic or Latino11.0%
Black or African American0.5%
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Savannah College of Art and Design13.8%
School of Visual Arts10.2%
Fashion Institute of Technology7.7%
Virginia Commonwealth University5.6%
Art Institute of Pittsburgh5.6%
Rochester Institute of Technology4.5%
Art Center College of Design4.4%
Academy of Art University4.4%
Full Sail University4.3%
Columbia College Chicago3.9%
Rhode Island School of Design3.6%
Parsons the New School for Design3.4%
New York University3.0%
University of Texas at Austin2.9%
University of Phoenix2.6%
College for Creative Studies2.6%
Iowa State University2.5%
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|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Art Director||Wieden + Kennedy, Inc.||Portland, OR||Jan 12, 2016||$237,250|
|Director Broad Art Musuem||Michigan State University||East Lansing, MI||Apr 18, 2016||$230,000|
|Managing Art Director, Real Time Graphics||Nbcuniversal Media, LLC||New York, NY||Oct 17, 2015||$202,935|
|Art Director||Rag & Bone Industries LLC||New York, NY||Jan 05, 2015||$194,740|
|Art Director||Rag & Bone Industries LLC||New York, NY||May 01, 2015||$194,740|
|Art Director||Facebook, Inc.||Menlo Park, CA||Jun 04, 2016||$184,304|
|Art Director||Logan Productions, Inc.||Los Angeles, CA||Aug 30, 2016||$180,000|
|Art Director||Logan East, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 10, 2016||$180,000|
|Technical Art Director||Zynga Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Nov 14, 2016||$180,000 -
|Character Art Director||Valve||Bellevue, WA||Mar 06, 2016||$175,000|
|Art Director||Bartle Bogle Hegarty LLC||New York, NY||Feb 02, 2015||$175,000|
|Art Director||Droga5, LLC||New York, NY||Apr 15, 2016||$175,000|
|Art Director||Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Inc.||New York, NY||Jan 01, 2016||$175,000|
|Art Director||Touch of Beauty Supply, Inc.||Harvey, IL||Feb 23, 2015||$98,966|
|Art Director||Tee Turtle LLC||Saint Louis, MO||Sep 15, 2016||$98,100 -
|Art Director||MUH-Tay-ZIK Hof-Fer||San Francisco, CA||Sep 15, 2015||$98,000|
|Art Director||Tekzenit, Inc.||Irving, TX||Jan 31, 2016||$98,000|
|Art Director and Head of Motion Graphics||Stop Global Yawning, Inc.||San Francisco, CA||Sep 01, 2015||$98,000 -
|Art Director||Translation LLC||New York, NY||Jul 11, 2016||$97,500|
|Art Director||Apple Inc.||Cupertino, CA||Jan 09, 2016||$97,198|
|Art Director||Innerworkings Inc.||New York, NY||Sep 22, 2015||$77,500|
|Art Director||Falconbridge Services, LLC||Jacksonville, FL||Feb 04, 2016||$77,380|
|Art Director||APR Energy LLC||Jacksonville, FL||Feb 04, 2016||$77,380|
|Art Director||Forever & Ever Inc.||New York, NY||Apr 20, 2015||$77,219|
|Art Director||Art Money Us Inc.||New York, NY||Aug 29, 2016||$76,176|
|Art Director||Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America||New York, NY||Mar 18, 2015||$76,170|
|Art Director||AKQA Corporation||New York, NY||Aug 31, 2016||$75,795 -
|Art Director||AKQA Corporation||New York, NY||Sep 12, 2016||$75,795 -
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