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Working As A Co-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

  • $94,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Co-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 A Co-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 Yearly Salary
$94,000
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$48,000
Min 10%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$94,000
Median 50%
$184,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Mayo Clinic
Highest Paying City
Aurora, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
2.7 years
How much does a Co-Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Co-Director in the United States is $94,509 per year or $45 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $184,000.

Real Co-Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR Member and Co-Director, Integrated Mathematical H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institut Tampa, FL Jun 15, 2011 $190,216
Co-Director, Stroke Program New York Methodist Hospital New York, NY Jul 15, 2013 $170,000
Associate Prof/Co-Director of Neurological Critica University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL Jun 01, 2010 $160,000
Co-Director of Collaborative Genomics Center Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute of Florida Corp Port Saint Lucie, FL Jul 12, 2013 $125,000
Co-Director, Due Diligence Project Northeastern University Boston, MA Dec 03, 2012 $121,735
Co-Director, Vulnerability + Adaptation Initiative World Resources Institute Washington, DC Jan 02, 2012 $120,000 -
$160,000
Co-Director of Sample Operations Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory Salt Lake City, UT Sep 14, 2015 $111,116
Co-Director of Science Libraries The University of Chicago Chicago, IL May 01, 2012 $90,178
Co-Director, Due Diligence Project Northeastern University Boston, MA Aug 15, 2011 $88,718 -
$109,797
Co-Director, Due Dilegence Project Northeastern University Boston, MA Aug 15, 2011 $88,718 -
$109,797
Co-Director, Reflecting On Peace Practice Program CDA Collaborative Learning Projects, Inc. Cambridge, MA Sep 14, 2013 $85,000
Co-Director of Genomics Oregon Health and Science University Port Saint Lucie, FL Jul 12, 2010 $85,000
Co-Director University of Oregon Eugene, OR Oct 01, 2015 $83,125
Co-Director University of Oregon Eugene, OR Sep 16, 2015 $83,125
Co-Director University of Oregon Eugene, OR Sep 16, 2015 $82,846
Co-Director University of Oregon Eugene, OR Sep 16, 2015 $78,874
Co-Director, Due Diligence Project Northeastern University Boston, MA Aug 25, 2012 $62,610 -
$83,480
Specialist for Intl. Prgs and Co-Director of Confu The Curators of The University of Missouri Columbia, MO Jan 01, 2014 $60,384
Specialist for Intl. Prgs and Co-Director of Confu The Curators of The University of Missouri Columbia, MO Jan 01, 2014 $60,383
Co-Director of Sample Operations Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory Salt Lake City, UT Sep 14, 2012 $60,000
Co-Director of Research The Westchester Group, LLC New York, NY Sep 20, 2010 $58,282
Co-Director, Tennis Program The Bay Head Yacht Club Bay Head, NJ Sep 15, 2015 $55,326 -
$83,480
China & E. Asia Recruiter Co-Dir of Chinese Student Life Harding University, Inc. Searcy, AR Sep 05, 2016 $53,768
Director of Coprorate Affairs Bee Thrifty Holdings, LLC Woodbridge, VA Sep 01, 2013 $53,719

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Top Skills for A Co-Director

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Community Outreach
  3. Staff Members
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  • Collaborated with other ministry members to establish goals and objectives for community outreach and to develop ways to encourage program participation.
  • Interacted with administrative leaders, pathologists, and medical staff members during vacancy of the Corporate Laboratory Director.
  • Provided safe environment for staff and campers both physically and emotionally.
  • Assist the site director in ensuring the classroom meets all Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Child Care Licensing rules.
  • Mentored and coached department leaders in delivering excellent customer service, handling customer concerns and appropriately escalating to management as needed.

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Co-Director Demographics

Gender

Female

51.2%

Male

36.8%

Unknown

12.0%
Ethnicity

White

61.9%

Hispanic or Latino

14.6%

Black or African American

10.9%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.2%

French

16.9%

Chinese

4.0%

Mandarin

3.8%

German

3.6%

Italian

3.0%

Portuguese

2.8%

Arabic

2.4%

Cantonese

1.8%

Japanese

1.6%

Russian

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Hindi

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Swahili

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Somali

0.8%

Thai

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%
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Co-Director Education

Schools

New York University

9.2%

University of Texas at Austin

7.5%

University of Oregon

6.4%

University of Phoenix

5.5%

Ohio State University

5.5%

Harvard University

5.2%

Florida State University

5.2%

University of Southern California

5.1%

University of California - Berkeley

4.9%

Arizona State University

4.8%

University of California - Davis

4.7%

Temple University

4.5%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.1%

Columbia University

4.1%

Liberty University

4.1%

University of Washington

4.1%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

3.8%

Indiana University Bloomington

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

University of Alabama

3.7%
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Majors

Business

15.9%

Psychology

8.1%

Communication

7.7%

Photography

7.1%

Education

6.8%

Elementary Education

5.0%

Fine Arts

4.7%

Social Work

4.5%

Political Science

4.3%

English

4.2%

Management

3.6%

Nursing

3.5%

Music

3.4%

Kinesiology

3.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.2%

Early Childhood Education

3.1%

Sociology

3.0%

Marketing

2.9%

Biology

2.8%

Theatre

2.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.3%

Masters

25.1%

Other

15.4%

Doctorate

7.5%

Associate

4.1%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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