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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

  • $91,067

    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. 

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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Creative Director Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    61.5%
  • Female

    36.4%
  • Unknown

    2.2%

Ethnicity

  • White

    79.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.4%
  • Asian

    7.7%
  • Unknown

    1.7%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    46.3%
  • French

    13.1%
  • Italian

    7.6%
  • Chinese

    5.6%
  • German

    5.6%
  • Japanese

    3.2%
  • Mandarin

    3.1%
  • Korean

    2.5%
  • Portuguese

    2.5%
  • Arabic

    1.7%
  • Russian

    1.5%
  • Hindi

    1.0%
  • Turkish

    1.0%
  • Cantonese

    1.0%
  • Hebrew

    0.8%
  • Greek

    0.8%
  • Thai

    0.7%
  • Urdu

    0.7%
  • Swedish

    0.5%
  • Dutch

    0.5%
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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 -
$290,000
Creative Director Wieden + Kennedy, Inc. Portland, OR Sep 06, 2015 $250,000
Creative Director Surya Carpet Inc. Calhoun, GA Feb 16, 2015 $250,000
Creative Director Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation Watertown Town, MA Feb 22, 2016 $250,000 -
$300,000
Creative Director Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation Watertown Town, MA Apr 25, 2016 $250,000 -
$300,000
Cross-Funtional Creative Director Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Jan 09, 2015 $240,000 -
$280,000
Creative Director BBDO USA, LLC New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $240,000 -
$280,000
Director, Creative Google, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 08, 2016 $240,000
Creative Director Aesop USA, Inc. New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $237,930
Creative Director Google Inc. New York, NY Jul 09, 2016 $235,000
Creative Director RDG Global, LLC New York, NY Jan 01, 2016 $223,300
Creative Director The Howard Hughes Corporation New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $223,226
Creative Director The Howard Hughes Corporation New York, NY Feb 09, 2016 $223,226
Creative Director Schawk Inc. New York, NY Jan 15, 2016 $147,700 -
$150,000
Creative Director Natural Resources Defense Council New York, NY Sep 21, 2015 $145,000
Creative Director Steven Meisel, Inc. New York, NY Feb 26, 2016 $145,000
Creative Strategy Director Sundaysky, Inc. New York, NY Dec 23, 2015 $144,123 -
$150,000
Creative Director Frost Lighting Inc. NY Nov 30, 2015 $142,500
Creative Director, Brand Management Puma North America, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 24, 2016 $141,149 -
$220,000
Creative Director VML, Inc. Kansas City, MO Oct 05, 2015 $140,000
Creative Director Jwalk Holdings LLC New York, NY Mar 20, 2015 $140,000 -
$160,000
Creative Director Liquor.Com Holdings Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 15, 2016 $95,000
Creative Director Liquor.Com Holdings Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $95,000
Creative Director Friendmedia, Inc. Pleasanton, CA Jan 09, 2016 $95,000
Creative Director Liquor.Com Holdings Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 25, 2015 $95,000
Creative Director DOTW, LLC Santa Monica, CA Oct 21, 2016 $94,765 -
$120,000
Creative Director DOTW, LLC Santa Monica, CA Sep 21, 2016 $94,765 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Creative Director

CompanyWebsiteCreativeDepartmentVideoProductionOnlineCreativeConceptsAdobePhotoshopGraphicDesignCorporateIdentityPhotographyCreativeDirectionInteractiveArtDirectionWebsiteDesignLogoDesignWebSiteAdobeIllustratorProjectManagementPhotoShootsFacebookInternet

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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.

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