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Working As An Associate Creative 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

  • $111,964

    Average Salary

What Does An Associate Creative 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 Associate Creative 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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Associate Creative Director Demographics

Gender

Male

65.7%

Female

32.3%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

79.0%

Hispanic or Latino

10.8%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

1.7%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.9%

French

15.2%

Italian

7.6%

German

5.1%

Chinese

3.8%

Portuguese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.5%

Swedish

1.3%

Filipino

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Russian

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Arabic

1.3%

Korean

1.3%
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Associate Creative Director Education

Schools

School of Visual Arts

11.1%

Syracuse University

8.7%

Savannah College of Art and Design

6.9%

New York University

5.9%

Fashion Institute of Technology

5.9%

Pratt Institute-Main

5.6%

Michigan State University

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.2%

Art Center College of Design

4.9%

College for Creative Studies

4.9%

Portfolio Center

4.9%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

Academy of Art University

3.8%

Columbia College Chicago

3.8%

Boston University

3.5%

University of North Texas

3.1%

Illinois State University

3.1%

University of Florida

3.1%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

3.1%

University of Kansas

3.1%
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Majors

Graphic Design

27.9%

Advertising

10.0%

Fine Arts

8.9%

Communication

6.9%

Design And Visual Communication

6.8%

English

6.5%

Journalism

6.1%

Marketing

4.5%

Photography

3.3%

Business

2.8%

Public Relations

2.8%

Writing

2.3%

Education

1.9%

Theatre

1.7%

Psychology

1.5%

Political Science

1.4%

History

1.4%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.2%

Graphic Communications

1.2%

Digital Media

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

64.5%

Masters

14.4%

Other

14.3%

Associate

3.1%

Certificate

2.4%

Doctorate

0.7%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Real Associate Creative Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Associate Creative Director The Howard Hughes Corporation New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $223,226
Associate Creative Director Howard Hughes Management Co LLC New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $215,405
Associate Creative Director The Howard Hughes Corporation New York, NY Nov 05, 2016 $215,405
Associate Creative Director Argonaut, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 21, 2016 $200,000
Associate Creative Director Publicis Inc. New York, NY Jan 21, 2015 $200,000
Associate Creative Director Arnold Worldwide Boston, MA Sep 01, 2015 $195,656
Associate Creative Director Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 19, 2016 $195,000 -
$215,000
Associate Creative Director Mullenlowe U.S. Boston, MA Jun 06, 2016 $185,000
Associate Creative Director Droga5, LLC New York, NY May 04, 2015 $180,000
Associate Creative Director Droga5, LLC New York, NY May 05, 2015 $180,000
Associate Creative Director R/Ga Media Group, Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $179,000 -
$189,000
Associate Creative Director Roundarch Isobar, Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $150,000
Associate Creative Director Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 02, 2016 $150,000
Associate Creative Director BBDO USA LLC New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $150,000
Associate Creative Director DDB Worldwide Communications Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 27, 2015 $150,000 -
$190,000
Associate Creative Director-Art Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 20, 2015 $150,000
Associate Creative Director Laird and Partners New York LLC New York, NY Jan 25, 2016 $150,000
Associate Creative Director Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 05, 2015 $150,000 -
$200,000
Associate Creative Director AKQA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 27, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Associate Creative Director BBDO USA LLC New York, NY Jun 13, 2016 $130,000
Associate Creative Director Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners New York, NY Apr 14, 2015 $130,000
Associate Creative Director Photon Infotech, Inc. New York, NY May 04, 2015 $130,000
Associate Creative Director Sapient Corporation Santa Monica, CA Sep 04, 2015 $128,717
Associate Creative Director Razorfish, LLC New York, NY Nov 01, 2016 $128,294 -
$199,400
Associate Creative Director AKQA Corporation New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $128,294 -
$160,000

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Top Skills for An Associate Creative Director

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Top Associate Creative Director Skills

  1. Art Direction
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Web Sites
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed and supervised all art direction for five clients and their student creative teams.
  • Collaborated with teams of art directors, graphic designers and copywriters to develop integrated campaigns, marketing initiatives and corporate identity.
  • Web sites, print, outdoor, radio and broadcast.
  • Managed team of two art directors and two copywriters.
  • Managed teams developing creative concepts.

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