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Become A Creative Director

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Working As A 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

  • $104,008

    Average Salary

What Does A Creative Director Do

Creative Directors help their teams with guidance and ideas to launch impressive new projects. They have a huge role in the marketing, communications, and digital departments.

How To Become A 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. 


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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59,445 Creative Director jobs

Apex Staffing, Inc.
Little Rock, AR
Creative Director

$104,008 Estimated

Clearwater, FL
Creative Director

$52,285 Estimated

Clemson University
Clemson, SC
Assoc Director Creative Solutions - New / Creative

$104,008 Estimated

Turner Broadcasting
Los Angeles, CA
Director, Brand Creative - tbs

$91,478 Estimated

Portland, OR
Creative Director

$77,781 Estimated

Charlotte, NC
Creative Director

$70,802 Estimated

The Boss Group
McLean, VA
Creative Director

$91,067 Estimated

Advantage Solutions
Chicago, IL
Creative Director

$72,622 Estimated

Santander Bank, Na
Boston, MA
Creative Director

$97,771 Estimated

Wake Forest Baptist Health
Winston-Salem, NC
Creative Director - Creative Communications | Creative Communications

$84,515 Estimated

Robert Half
Detroit, MI
Creative Director

$77,742 Estimated

NBC Universal
Orlando, FL
Director, Creative

$86,210 Estimated

Orlando, FL
Creative Director

$86,210 Estimated

Microsoft Corporation
Redmond, WA
Creative Director

$135,000 Estimated

Robert Half
Detroit, MI
Creative Director

$77,742 Estimated

San Francisco, CA
Creative Director

$150,000 Estimated

Jackson Family Wines
San Anselmo, CA
Creative Director

$120,000 Estimated

Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC
Chicago, IL
Creative Director

$72,622 Estimated

Ecosense Lighting
Los Angeles, CA
Creative Director

$91,478 Estimated

Recruit Professional Services
New York, NY
Creative Director

$120,000 Estimated

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Real Creative Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Creative Director Burleigh Point, Ltd. Irvine, CA Jan 15, 2016 $260,000
Creative Director Grey Global Group, LLC New York, NY Mar 19, 2015 $260,000 -
Creative Director Wieden + Kennedy, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 06, 2015 $250,000
Creative Director Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation Watertown Town, MA Feb 22, 2016 $250,000 -
Creative Director Surya Carpet Inc. Calhoun, GA Feb 16, 2015 $250,000
Creative Director Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation Watertown Town, MA Apr 25, 2016 $250,000 -
Director, Creative Google, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2016 $240,000
Creative Director BBDO USA, LLC New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $240,000 -
Cross-Funtional Creative Director Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2015 $240,000 -
Creative Director Aesop USA, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $237,930
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Top Skills for A Creative Director


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Top Creative Director Skills

  1. Company Website
  2. Creative Department
  3. Video Production
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Created and currently maintain web design/development business and company website.
  • Supervised creative department, composed of 12 full time employees including copywriters, designers, animators and editors.
  • Lead the digital design division providing video production, post-production, graphic design and web design services.
  • Manage and secure wholesale relationships with national online and brick & mortar specialty retailers.
  • Managed creative concepts & staff.

Top Creative Director Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Creative Director

  1. Conawaydesign
  2. D.R. Horton
  3. Entrepreneur Media
  4. Brand
  5. Teradata
  6. Lexisnexis
  7. Powpals.Com
  8. Rosetta
  9. M3 Design Inc.
  10. Diamond Edge Communications
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