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Working As A Creative Director & Designer

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $122,732

    Average Salary

What Does A Creative Director & Designer 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 Director & Designer

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 4.0 years
Creative Director 4.0 years
Creative Manager 2.9 years
Creative Lead 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Creative Director & Designer
Art Director 13.0%
Designer 6.6%
Internship 2.6%
Instructor 2.2%
Top Careers After Creative Director & Designer
Designer 3.2%
Owner 2.7%
Instructor 2.2%
Principal 1.9%
Co-Founder 1.9%

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Creative Director & Designer Demographics

Gender

Male

58.1%

Female

39.9%

Unknown

2.0%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.3%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

9.2%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Italian

11.1%

French

9.3%

Portuguese

5.6%

Chinese

5.6%

German

5.6%

Cantonese

5.6%

Japanese

5.6%

Khmer

1.9%

Hebrew

1.9%

Bosnian

1.9%

Korean

1.9%

Serbian

1.9%

Carrier

1.9%

Mandarin

1.9%

Thai

1.9%

Croatian

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%
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Creative Director & Designer Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

11.8%

Fashion Institute of Technology

10.6%

School of Visual Arts

8.1%

Parsons the New School for Design

6.8%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

6.2%

Art Center College of Design

5.6%

Rhode Island School of Design

5.6%

New York University

5.0%

Syracuse University

4.3%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.3%

Full Sail University

4.3%

Pratt Institute-Main

3.7%

Art Institute of Atlanta

3.7%

Academy of Art University

3.1%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

3.1%

Illinois State University

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

2.5%

East Tennessee State University

2.5%

University of North Texas

2.5%
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Majors

Graphic Design

48.3%

Fine Arts

9.1%

Design And Visual Communication

6.8%

Business

4.7%

Marketing

3.8%

Communication

3.3%

Photography

2.9%

Computer Applications

2.4%

Graphic Communications

2.4%

Computer Science

2.0%

Advertising

2.0%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.8%

Public Relations

1.7%

Animation

1.7%

Journalism

1.5%

Interior Design

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.2%

Drafting And Design

1.1%

Education

1.1%

Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

54.2%

Other

19.7%

Masters

10.3%

Associate

10.1%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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Creative Director & Designer Videos

How to become an Art Director | by Designer @JonPhenom

Nike Talent Presents: Day in the Life with Nike Design / Andreas Harlow

What I Do - Dave Hall - Creative Director

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Real Creative Director & Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Creative Director, Interaction Design R/Ga Media Group Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $190,000 -
$210,000
Creative Design Director United States Luggage Company, LLC Hauppauge, NY Apr 09, 2015 $177,500
Creative Design Director United States Luggage Company, LLC Hauppauge, NY Sep 04, 2015 $177,500
Creative Director of Experience Design Havas Worldwide New York Inc. New York, NY Dec 12, 2014 $170,000 -
$190,000
Creative Desig Director United States Luggage Company I, LLC Hauppauge, NY Sep 04, 2012 $160,000
Creative Design Director United States Luggage Company I, LLC Hauppauge, NY Jan 02, 2012 $160,000
Creative Director, Visual Design Crispin Porter & Bogusky, LLC Miami, FL Aug 23, 2013 $144,000
Creative Director, Visual Design Crispin Porter & Bogusky, LLC Miami, FL Aug 25, 2013 $144,000
Creative Director, Visual Design Crispin Porter & Bogusky, LLC Groveland, FL Oct 01, 2010 $130,000
Director of Creative Design Swappy, Inc. Providence, RI May 25, 2015 $126,000
Creative Director & Designer Wearable Experiments Inc. New York, NY Oct 27, 2016 $125,000
Creative Director, Industrial Design Designworksusa, Inc. Parksdale, CA Feb 29, 2016 $125,000
Creative Director/Curator-Technology & Design The Sapling Foundation New York, NY Nov 14, 2016 $120,000
Director, Creative Design Make-Up Art Cosmetics Inc. New York, NY Aug 23, 2010 $120,000
U.S. Creative Director Game Design Gameloft New York, NY Jun 10, 2015 $112,000
Creative Director, Industrial Design Ammunition, LLC San Francisco, CA Feb 18, 2015 $88,483
Creative Director/Designer Quietfx LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2015 $87,500 -
$200,000
Creative Director/Lead Designer Quietfx, LLC New York, NY Aug 15, 2013 $87,500 -
$200,000
Design & Creative Director Yamileth Beepers Corp Doral, FL Apr 21, 2014 $62,610
Design and Creative Director Yamileth Beepers Corp Doral, FL Jul 19, 2012 $62,610
Creative Director and Designer Wearable Experiments, LLC New York, NY Sep 15, 2014 $61,069

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Top Skills for A Creative Director & Designer

  1. Company Website
  2. Web Design
  3. Creative Department
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  • Manage Client Orders through E-mail, Company website and phone.
  • Delivered full strategic branded marketing campaigns in all mediums such as print, digital and web design and broadcast production.
  • Managed staff and directed creative department for software development company.
  • Conceptualized and executed a strong visual identity for all Camp Noah promotional materials and advertising.
  • Directed product development using in-depth knowledge of vendor landscape and industry insight.

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