Some of the skills we found on creative/art director resumes included "creative concepts," "graphic design," and "art direction." We have detailed the most important creative/art director responsibilities below.
Before becoming a creative/art director, 73.5% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 6.2% creative/art directors went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most creative/art directors have a college degree. But about one out of every eight creative/art directors didn't attend college at all.
Those creative/art directors who do attend college, typically earn either graphic design degrees or fine arts degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for creative/art directors include design and visual communication degrees or communication degrees.
When you're ready to become a creative/art director, you might wonder which companies hire creative/art directors. According to our research through creative/art director resumes, creative/art directors are mostly hired by Facebook, Critical Mass Technologies, Ltd. Co., and Verizon Communications. Now is a good time to apply as Facebook has 109 creative/art directors job openings, and there are 2 at Critical Mass Technologies, Ltd. Co. and 2 at Verizon Communications.
If you're interested in companies where creative/art directors make the most money, you'll want to apply for positions at Facebook, Newell Brands, and TBWA Worldwide. We found that at Facebook, the average creative/art director salary is $203,316. Whereas at Newell Brands, creative/art directors earn roughly $197,046. And at TBWA Worldwide, they make an average salary of $194,947.
If you earned a degree from the top 100 educational institutions in the United States, you might want to take a look at Ogilvy, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Worldwide, and Macy's. These three companies have hired a significant number of creative/art directors from these institutions.
In general, creative/art directors fulfill roles in the retail and hospitality industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the creative/art director annual salary is the highest in the telecommunication industry with $188,784 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the finance and hospitality industries pay $172,251 and $156,594 respectively. This means that creative/art directors who are employed in the telecommunication industry make 65.7% more than creative/art directors who work in the retail Industry.