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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.
|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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