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Working As A Creative/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

  • $110,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Creative/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 A Creative/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
Creative Director 3.9 years
Creative Manager 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Creative/Art Director
Art Director 24.0%
Designer 4.3%
Internship 2.7%
Top Careers After Creative/Art Director
Art Director 17.7%
Owner 4.3%
Director 3.1%
Consultant 2.6%

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Creative/Art Director Demographics

Gender

Male

56.7%

Female

32.4%

Unknown

10.9%
Ethnicity

White

61.4%

Hispanic or Latino

17.5%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

3.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.0%

French

10.2%

Russian

6.1%

Italian

6.1%

Chinese

4.1%

German

4.1%

Korean

4.1%

Portuguese

2.0%

Bulgarian

2.0%

Ukrainian

2.0%

Japanese

2.0%

Serbian

2.0%

Afrikaans

2.0%

Arabic

2.0%
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Creative/Art Director Education

Schools

School of Visual Arts

10.3%

Art Center College of Design

7.2%

Liberty University

7.2%

Fashion Institute of Technology

6.7%

Syracuse University

6.2%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

6.2%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.7%

Academy of Art University

4.6%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.6%

New York University

4.6%

Rhode Island School of Design

4.6%

Columbia College Chicago

4.1%

University of California - Los Angeles

4.1%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.6%

Kent State University

3.6%

University of Texas at Austin

3.6%

Full Sail University

3.6%

University of Phoenix

3.6%

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

3.1%

Rochester Institute of Technology

2.6%
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Majors

Graphic Design

38.7%

Fine Arts

9.6%

Design And Visual Communication

8.4%

Communication

6.2%

Business

4.3%

Advertising

4.1%

Photography

3.5%

Music

3.2%

Marketing

3.1%

Education

2.2%

Management

2.0%

Computer Applications

1.9%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.9%

Entertainment Business

1.7%

Psychology

1.7%

Theatre

1.6%

Theology

1.6%

Animation

1.6%

Computer Science

1.4%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.9%

Other

19.8%

Masters

12.8%

Associate

8.1%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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$64,000
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Median 50%
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.5 years
How much does a Creative/Art Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Creative/Art Director in the United States is $110,712 per year or $53 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $64,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $188,000.

Real Creative/Art Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Creative Director/Art Director Crispin Porter & Bogusky, LLC Boulder, CO Aug 20, 2016 $300,000
Creative Director/Art Director TBWA Worldwide Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 11, 2015 $250,000
Associate Creative Director/Art Director TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Nov 24, 2015 $230,000
Associate Creative Director/Art Director TBWA Worldwide Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 11, 2009 $180,000
Associate Creative Director/Art Director TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 02, 2016 $165,000
Associate Creative Director-Art Director Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc. Torrance, CA Dec 05, 2016 $160,000
Associate Creative Director, Art Director Grey Global Group Inc. New York, NY May 12, 2014 $160,000 -
$180,000
Associate Creative Director/Art Director Agencytwofifteen LLC San Francisco, CA Dec 09, 2016 $160,000 -
$180,000
Associate Creative Director, Art Director Grey Global Group Inc. New York, NY Dec 05, 2014 $160,000 -
$180,000
Associate Creative Director-Art Director Saatchi & Saatchi North America, Inc. Torrance, CA May 12, 2016 $160,000
Creative Art Director Groop Internet Platform Inc. New York, NY Aug 29, 2016 $150,000
Associate Creative Director, Art Director BBDO USA LLC San Francisco, CA Oct 06, 2014 $150,000
Associate Creative Director-Art Director 180La, LLC Santa Monica, CA May 16, 2016 $140,000 -
$160,000
Art Director, TV Land Creative MTV Networks, A Division of Viacom International New York, NY Sep 15, 2010 $119,832
Art/Creative Director Loyalkaspar, Inc. New York, NY Dec 02, 2013 $117,500
Creative Art Director-Advertising Big Picture Group, LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 01, 2010 $115,000
Assoc Creative Director/Art Director Dentsu McGarry Bowen LLC Chicago, IL Aug 24, 2015 $113,500
Creative/Art Director Electric Visual Evolution LLC San Clemente, CA Dec 16, 2012 $110,000
Art Director-Creative Lead Shaw Flooring Sagepath, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 17, 2016 $85,000
Creative Art Director Productopop, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2013 $84,994
Creative Art Director ZUBI Advertising Coral Gables, FL Jan 03, 2011 $80,000
Brand Creative/Art Director The Richards Group Dallas, TX Feb 16, 2015 $80,000
Creative Art Director Productopop, Inc. Miami, FL Oct 01, 2010 $75,000
Creative Art Director Hong Inc. Palisades Park, NJ Oct 24, 2011 $71,167
Creative Art Director Hong Inc. Palisades Park, NJ Oct 28, 2011 $71,167

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Top Skills for A Creative/Art Director

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Web Banners
  3. Art Direction
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  • Hired as Graphic Designer, promoted to Marketing Manager/Creative Director.
  • Designed and provided art direction on direct marketing materials for books and magazines, advertising, editorial supplements, and calendars
  • Designed graphic elements in Adobe Illustrator and enhanced/manipulated photographic elements in Adobe Photoshop.
  • Restructured and managed the video production department.
  • Developed programs for the creative arts: drama, music, crafts, weaving hand-work and sewing for all ages.

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