FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become An Associate Art Director

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As An Associate 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

  • $65,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate 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.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become An Associate 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.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as an Associate Art Director?

Send To A Friend

Associate Art Director Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Do you work as an Associate Art Director?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Do you work as an Associate Art Director?

Associate Art Director Demographics

Gender

Female

48.4%

Male

41.4%

Unknown

10.2%
Ethnicity

White

61.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Black or African American

11.1%

Asian

7.7%

Unknown

3.9%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.4%

French

12.8%

German

7.4%

Italian

7.4%

Mandarin

6.4%

Russian

4.3%

Portuguese

3.2%

Vietnamese

3.2%

Chinese

2.1%

Korean

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Croatian

1.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Hebrew

1.1%

Japanese

1.1%

Venetian

1.1%

Hindi

1.1%

Armenian

1.1%

Arabic

1.1%

Hmong

1.1%
Show More

Associate Art Director Education

Schools

School of Visual Arts

17.3%

University of Phoenix

11.6%

Syracuse University

7.1%

Parsons the New School for Design

6.5%

New York University

6.1%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.8%

Fashion Institute of Technology

5.8%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.1%

Florida State University

3.7%

Art Center College of Design

3.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.1%

Miami Dade College

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Temple University

3.1%

University of Central Florida

3.1%

East Carolina University

2.7%

Columbia College Chicago

2.7%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.7%

Florida Atlantic University

2.7%

University of Arizona

2.7%
Show More
Majors

Graphic Design

35.9%

Fine Arts

11.9%

Business

7.6%

Design And Visual Communication

6.1%

Communication

4.4%

Nursing

3.5%

Liberal Arts

3.5%

Photography

3.3%

Social Work

2.9%

Education

2.6%

Psychology

2.4%

Marketing

2.4%

English

2.3%

Advertising

2.0%

Computer Applications

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.6%

Criminal Justice

1.6%

Management

1.5%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%
Show More
Degrees

Bachelors

53.0%

Other

16.1%

Associate

12.7%

Masters

12.5%

Certificate

3.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary
Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$38,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$65,000
Median 50%
$110,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Walmart
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does an Associate Art Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Associate Art Director in the United States is $65,236 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $110,000.

Real Associate Art Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Art Director Rockyou, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 19, 2015 $153,878
Associate Art Director ESPN Magazine, LLC (D/B/A/ESPN The Magazine, LLC) Bristol, CT Jun 18, 2015 $107,315
Associate Art Director Rockyou, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2015 $106,933 -
$136,000
Associate Art Director Victoria's Secret Stores, LLC New York, NY Aug 22, 2016 $103,646 -
$135,900
Associate Art Director Playdom, Inc., Part of The Walt Disney Company Palo Alto, CA Aug 03, 2012 $98,838
Associate Art Director Rockyou, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 02, 2014 $95,430 -
$136,000
Associate Art Director Kate Spade & Company New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $85,000
Associate Art Director Ar Media LLC New York, NY Jun 03, 2013 $85,000
Associate Art Director Amplify Education, Inc. New York, NY May 28, 2015 $85,000
Associate Art Director IZ-On Media LLC San Francisco, CA Feb 07, 2014 $80,625
Associate Art Director Stuart Regen Gallery, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 24, 2015 $80,000
Associate Art Director Stuart Regan Gallery, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 24, 2015 $80,000
Associate Art Director Junk Food Clothing Los Angeles, CA Sep 13, 2015 $80,000 -
$120,000
Associate Art Director Hearst Communications Inc.-Hearst Magazines Divisi New York, NY Sep 01, 2011 $80,000
Associate Art Director Open Road Integrated Media Inc. New York, NY Jan 06, 2016 $76,869
Associate Art Director Victoria's Secret Direct New York, LLC New York, NY Apr 30, 2015 $75,000 -
$127,800
Associate Art Director Shutterfly, Inc. Valhalla, NY May 22, 2013 $75,000
Associate Art Director Hearst Communications Inc.-Hearst Magazines Divisi New York, NY Nov 01, 2010 $75,000
Associate Art Director (WEB Design) Hotwire, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 26, 2009 $73,237 -
$87,760
Associate Art Director Limited Brands Direct Media Productions, Inc. New York, NY Feb 27, 2012 $72,000 -
$107,800
Associate Art Director Time Inc. New York, NY Jun 18, 2012 $71,000 -
$81,000
Associate Conservator of Contemporary Art Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $68,000
Associate Art Director First Person Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 26, 2015 $63,939
Associate Art Director Bloomingdale's By Mail Ltd. New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $62,600 -
$65,000
Associate Art Director Geometry Global LLC New York, NY Sep 15, 2014 $53,000
Associate Art Director Admerasia Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $50,839
Associate Art Director Erwin Penland New York, NY Sep 18, 2013 $50,398 -
$63,482
Associate Art Director Bloomingdale's By Mail Ltd. New York, NY Oct 02, 2014 $50,149 -
$69,000

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of an Associate Art Director?

Have you worked as an Associate Art Director? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as an Associate Art Director.

Top Skills for An Associate Art Director

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Art Direction
  3. Web Banners
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Updated web design & information for all digital inventory utilizing Adobe Photoshop.
  • Commissioned illustrators, assigned photographers and assisted with art direction for photo shoots.
  • Created feature page layouts, toning/color correcting of photographs, creating infographics and designing web banners, newsletters and white papers.
  • Page layout and photo manipulations for various consumer collateral for Verizon Wireless.
  • Conducted auditions with models, researched and hired stylists, and art directed photo shoots on location.

How Would You Rate Working As an Associate Art Director?

Are you working as an Associate Art Director? Help us rate Associate Art Director as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Associate Art Directors

  1. California
  2. New York
  3. Washington
  4. New Mexico
  5. Georgia
  6. Oregon
  7. Maine
  8. New Jersey
  9. Utah
  10. Illinois
  • (463 jobs)
  • (276 jobs)
  • (52 jobs)
  • (6 jobs)
  • (57 jobs)
  • (28 jobs)
  • (3 jobs)
  • (38 jobs)
  • (11 jobs)
  • (113 jobs)

Top Associate Art Director Employers

Show More

Jobs From Top Associate Art Director Employers

Related to your recently viewed content