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Become An Associate Creative Director

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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

An Associate Creative Director is responsible for stimulating the creativity of designers and writers involved in the creative process. They work for advertising companies, production houses, or animation studios.

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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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 The Howard Hughes Corporation New York, NY Nov 05, 2016 $215,405
Associate Creative Director Howard Hughes Management Co LLC New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $215,405
Associate Creative Director Publicis Inc. New York, NY Jan 21, 2015 $200,000
Associate Creative Director Argonaut, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 21, 2016 $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 DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 16, 2015 $155,000 -
$185,000
Associate Creative Director R/Ga Media Group, Inc. New York, NY Apr 26, 2016 $155,000 -
$165,000
Associate Creative Director Anomaly Partners LLC New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $155,000
Associate Creative Director DDB Worldwide Communications Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 27, 2015 $150,000 -
$190,000
Associate Creative Director BBDO USA LLC New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $150,000
Associate Creative Director-Art Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 20, 2015 $150,000
Associate Creative Director Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Oct 02, 2016 $150,000
Associate Creative Director Razorfish, LLC New York, NY Sep 02, 2015 $132,974 -
$198,900
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 BBDO USA LLC New York, NY Jun 13, 2016 $130,000
Associate Creative Director AKQA, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 27, 2015 $130,000 -
$150,000
Associate Creative Director Sapient Corporation Santa Monica, CA Sep 04, 2015 $128,717
Associate Creative Director Razorfish, LLC New York, NY Jan 14, 2016 $128,294 -
$199,400

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Top Skills for An Associate Creative Director

ArtDirectionGraphicDesignWebSitesCopywritersCreativeConceptsInteractiveCreativeDirectionEmailCreativeDepartmentCreativeDevelopmentCreativeStrategyT-MobileNewBusinessPitchesVerizonUserExperienceACDKraftCreativeSolutionsPrintADSPOS

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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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