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Working As A Junior Art 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

  • $64,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Junior Art Director 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 Junior Art 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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Junior Art Director Demographics

Gender

Male

48.5%

Female

41.2%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

16.9%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

9.8%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.9%

French

11.6%

German

10.1%

Hindi

4.3%

Swedish

2.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Italian

2.9%

Turkish

1.4%

Hebrew

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Catalan

1.4%

Russian

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Korean

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%
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Junior Art Director Education

Schools

School of Visual Arts

13.7%

Savannah College of Art and Design

9.1%

Fashion Institute of Technology

8.3%

Syracuse University

7.1%

Pratt Institute-Main

6.2%

Columbia College Chicago

5.8%

University of Texas at Austin

5.4%

Academy of Art University

5.0%

College for Creative Studies

4.1%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.7%

Rhode Island School of Design

3.7%

Michigan State University

3.3%

Texas State University

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%

New York University

2.9%

Ferris State University

2.9%

Kean University

2.9%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

2.9%

Art Center College of Design

2.5%
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Majors

Graphic Design

41.5%

Design And Visual Communication

8.2%

Advertising

7.5%

Fine Arts

7.3%

Business

6.5%

Communication

3.2%

Marketing

3.2%

Photography

2.9%

Theatre

2.7%

Education

2.1%

Graphic Communications

2.1%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Kinesiology

1.8%

Public Relations

1.8%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.5%

Psychology

1.4%

English

1.2%

Theology

1.1%

Journalism

1.1%

Music

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

63.2%

Other

15.2%

Masters

11.1%

Associate

5.4%

Certificate

2.4%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.0%

License

0.2%
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Highest Paying State
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How much does a Junior Art Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Junior Art Director in the United States is $64,674 per year or $31 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $38,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $109,000.

Real Junior Art Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Junior Art Director Firstborn Multimedia Corporation New York, NY Sep 23, 2014 $95,000
Director of Junior Tennis Greenville Country Club Greenville, SC Aug 29, 2016 $92,000
Junior Art Director Firstborn Multimedia Corporation New York, NY Jun 03, 2013 $87,000
Junior Art Director Calvin Klein Inc. New York, NY Aug 30, 2012 $71,000
Junior Art Director Calvin Klein Inc. New York, NY Sep 01, 2011 $69,680
Junior Art Director Design District Management Inc. Miami, FL Aug 30, 2015 $68,495
JR. Art Director (Graphic Designer) Squint Metrics LLC New York, NY Dec 13, 2016 $65,000
Junior Art Director McCarthy Mambro Bertino LLC Boston, MA Jan 23, 2012 $63,600
Junior Art Director Launchpad Advertising LLC New York, NY Sep 16, 2014 $63,000
Junior Art Director McCann-Erickson USA, Inc. New York, NY Dec 12, 2011 $60,000 -
$80,000
Junior Art Director Grey Global Group, LLC New York, NY Mar 28, 2016 $60,000 -
$80,000
JR. Art Director Audacity Health LLC Carlsbad, CA Jul 10, 2016 $59,488
Junior Art Director Deutsch Inc. New York, NY May 01, 2016 $58,000 -
$68,000
JR. Art Director Leo Burnett Detroit, Inc. Troy, MI Feb 19, 2013 $50,000
Junior Art Director FOVA Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2012 $50,000 -
$70,000
Junior Art Director Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 17, 2015 $50,000
Junior Art Director P.T.I. Import Inc. New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $50,000
Head Tennis Pro/Director of Junior Tennis Stegen Athletic Club Fayetteville, AR Aug 01, 2015 $50,000
Junior Art Director Euro RSCG San Francisco LLC San Francisco, CA Sep 20, 2012 $50,000
Junior Art Director Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners New York, NY Aug 31, 2012 $50,000
Junior Art Director Trailer Park, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 16, 2013 $47,900 -
$48,200
Junior Art Director Tippit & Moo, LLC Houston, TX Oct 06, 2011 $46,000
Junior Art Director Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 09, 2012 $45,831
Junior Art Director Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Sep 12, 2012 $45,831
Junior Art Dorector Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 01, 2011 $45,830
Junior Art Director Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Nov 01, 2011 $45,830

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Top Skills for A Junior Art Director

  1. Graphic Design
  2. Adobe Photoshop
  3. Art Direction
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Web page graphic design, Web Update/Maintain, Flash Banner Design, E-Mail Blast Materials, New Products Graphic Design.
  • Recognized for Adobe Photoshop skills.
  • Worked alongside various creative directors on numerous new business pitches, primary focus being art direction for print and digital campaigns.
  • Arranged final art into web banners, thumbnails, mobile and tablet features, promotional materials and emails.
  • Created corporate identity packages, B/W and 4 color print ads, brochures.

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