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Working As An Assistant Art Director

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $68,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Art Director 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 Assistant Art Director

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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Average Length of Employment
Art Director 4.2 years
Art Supervisor 3.7 years
Art Consultant 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Assistant Art Director
Art Director 13.1%
Designer 6.4%
Internship 5.6%
Artist 4.3%
Cashier 1.8%
Top Careers After Assistant Art Director
Art Director 27.0%
Designer 3.7%
Owner 2.8%
Artist 1.8%
Internship 1.5%

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Assistant Art Director Demographics

Gender

Female

49.5%

Male

42.1%

Unknown

8.4%
Ethnicity

White

61.3%

Hispanic or Latino

16.6%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.0%

French

15.5%

Japanese

6.0%

Cantonese

4.8%

Italian

4.8%

Chinese

3.6%

German

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Russian

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Portuguese

1.2%

Irish

1.2%

Dutch

1.2%

Vietnamese

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Tagalog

1.2%

Cebuano

1.2%
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Assistant Art Director Education

Schools

School of Visual Arts

19.1%

Fashion Institute of Technology

8.4%

Syracuse University

7.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

6.9%

Parsons the New School for Design

5.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

5.0%

Pratt Institute-Main

5.0%

Columbia College Chicago

4.4%

New York University

4.4%

Full Sail University

4.1%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

3.8%

Montclair State University

3.4%

University of the Arts

3.1%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

2.8%

University of North Texas

2.8%

Art Institute of Philadelphia

2.8%

Art Institute of Atlanta

2.8%

Maryland Institute College of Art

2.8%

Academy of Art University

2.5%

University of Texas at Austin

2.5%
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Majors

Graphic Design

41.8%

Fine Arts

14.6%

Design And Visual Communication

8.4%

Photography

5.1%

Communication

3.5%

Business

3.1%

Computer Applications

2.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.4%

Graphic Communications

2.2%

Marketing

2.1%

Advertising

2.1%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.8%

Interior Design

1.6%

Journalism

1.5%

Animation

1.4%

Education

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%

Theatre

1.2%

Psychology

1.1%

Management

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.4%

Other

17.8%

Masters

12.5%

Associate

10.0%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does an Assistant Art Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Assistant Art Director in the United States is $68,925 per year or $33 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $40,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $117,000.

Real Assistant Art Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Art Director PVH Wholesale Corporation New York, NY Sep 02, 2014 $90,000
Assistant Digital Art Director McCann-Erickson USA, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2009 $62,000 -
$72,000
Assistant Art Director Arnold Worldwide LLC Boston, MA Jun 15, 2014 $55,185
Assistant Art Director Arnold Worldwide LLC New York, NY Jun 15, 2014 $55,185
Assistant Art Director Tenthwave Digital LLC New York, NY Feb 19, 2016 $45,781
Assistant Art Director Tenthwave Digital LLC New York, NY Oct 06, 2016 $45,781
Assistant Art Director BBDO USA LLC New York, NY Jul 01, 2011 $40,000
Assistant Art Director Joongang Daily News Ca, Inc. DBA The Korea Daily Union City, CA Feb 22, 2016 $39,832
Assistant Director of Marketing, Graduate Arts and Sciences Saint Joseph's University Philadelphia, PA Aug 09, 2015 $39,458 -
$55,200

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Top Skills for An Assistant Art Director

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Editorial Staff
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  • Worked in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Quark Designed sheet music and music books Created manual illustrations
  • Selected and edited photos using graphic design tools
  • Collaborated with Design Directors, Photo Researchers, Editorial Staff, Programmers and Production Dept.
  • Provided art direction and styling to photography studio for accurate product representation.
  • Team member accountable for brainstorming sessions, attending client meetings and presentations and all aspects of numerous West Coast photo shoots.

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