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Become A Production Artist

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Working As A Production Artist

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $51,863

    Average Salary

What Does A Production Artist Do

Production Artists work in graphic design and use their expertise to ensure that the product meets the client’s expectations. They work with designers and art directors to execute designs.

How To Become A Production Artist

Graphic designers usually need a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field. Candidates for graphic design positions should demonstrate their creativity and originality through a professional portfolio that features their best designs.


A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required. However, those with a bachelor’s degree in another field may pursue technical training in graphic design to meet most hiring qualifications.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits about 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. Most schools include studio art, principles of design, computerized design, commercial graphics production, printing techniques, and website design. In addition, students should consider courses in writing, marketing, and business, all of which are useful in helping designers work effectively on project teams.

High school students interested in graphic design should take basic art and design courses in high school, if the courses are available. Many bachelor's degree programs require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before being admitted to a formal degree program. Some schools require applicants to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their designs. For many artists, including graphic designers, developing a portfolio—a collection of design ideas that demonstrates their styles and abilities—is essential because employers rely heavily on a designer’s portfolio in deciding whether to hire the individual.

Graphic designers must keep up with new and updated computer graphics and design software, either on their own or through formal software training programs. Professional associations that specialize in graphic design, such as AIGA, offer courses intended to keep the skills of their members up to date.

Other Experience

Graphic designers often gain their initial experience through internships. It provides aspiring graphic designers an opportunity to work with designers and experience the design process from concept to completion while completing a design program.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally available through software product vendors. Certification in graphic design software can demonstrate a level of competence and may provide a jobseeker with a competitive advantage.


Experienced graphic designers may advance to chief designer, art director, or other supervisory positions.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Graphic designers must be able to look at their work from the point of view of their consumers and examine how the designs they develop will be perceived by consumers to ensure they convey the client’s desired message.

Artistic ability. Graphic designers must be able to create designs that are artistically interesting and appealing to clients and consumers. They produce rough illustrations of design ideas, either by hand sketching or by using computer programs.

Communication skills. Graphic designers must communicate with clients, customers, and other designers to ensure that their designs accurately reflect the desired message and effectively express information.

Computer skills. Most graphic designers use specialized graphic design software to prepare their designs.

Creativity. Graphic designers must be able to think of new approaches to communicating ideas to consumers. They develop unique designs that convey a recognizable meaning on behalf of their clients.

Time-management skills. Graphic designers often work on multiple projects at the same time, each with a different deadline.

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Production Artist Career Paths

Production Artist
Photographer Sales Manager Retail Sales Manager
Advertising Director
6 Yearsyrs
Art Director Marketing Manager
Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Instructor Editor
Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Director
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Designer Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Web Designer Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Services Director
8 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Production Manager Marketing Manager
Digital Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Art Director Creative Director Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Marketing Consultant
Head Of Marketing
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Graphic Designer Creative Director
Marketing And Creative Director
7 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Office Manager Marketing Coordinator
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Art Director Creative Director
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager Program Manager
Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Production Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Marketing/Social Media Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Video Editor Media Specialist Media Manager
Media Director
5 Yearsyrs
Creative Director Marketing Director Search Engine Optimizer
Online Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Editor Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer
Senior Graphic Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Web Designer User Experience Designer User Experience Architect
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
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Production Artist Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Italian

  • German

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Korean

  • Russian

  • Cantonese

  • Vietnamese

  • Polish

  • Hindi

  • Thai

  • Gujarati

  • Dutch

  • Hebrew

  • Swahili

  • Swedish

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Real Production Artist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Digital Artist Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA Apr 18, 2016 $137,000 -
Digital Artist 1 Digital Domain 3.0 CA Jan 30, 2013 $134,787
Computer Scientist/Digital Artist Adobe Systems Incorporated San Francisco, CA Jan 21, 2013 $112,350
Digital Illustrator/Finisher BLT Communications LLC Los Angeles, CA Jan 09, 2016 $100,000
Digital Illustrator/Finisher BLT Communications LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 31, 2015 $100,000
Digital Illustrator/Finisher BLT Communications LLC Los Angeles, CA Dec 20, 2013 $95,000
Lead Production Artist Just Games Interactive Entertainment, LLC Los Angeles, CA Jun 01, 2013 $89,856 -
Illustrator Digital Ocean, Inc. New York, NY Jul 28, 2015 $85,000
Retail Production Artist Schawk USA Inc. Cupertino, CA Aug 12, 2014 $84,000 -
Illustrator Riot Games, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Dec 08, 2016 $83,262 -
Illustrator NWAY America, LLC San Francisco, CA Jun 15, 2015 $82,410
Multimedia Digital Artist Eight VFX Inc. Santa Monica, CA Feb 01, 2014 $80,000
Interactive Graphic Production Artist LVL Sunset, LLC San Jose, CA Mar 14, 2016 $79,000
Lead Concept and Production Artist Playdom, Inc., Part of The Walt Disney Company Fam Palo Alto, CA Sep 30, 2013 $78,000
Biomedical Illustrator Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jul 19, 2013 $61,501
Digital Artist Phosphene LLC New York, NY Sep 18, 2016 $60,000
Illustrator Anatomical Travelogue, LLC New York, NY Oct 14, 2013 $60,000
Digital Artist/Retoucher Armstrong White, Inc. Birmingham, MI Sep 11, 2013 $60,000
Digital Artist Phosphene LLC New York, NY Sep 17, 2016 $60,000
Digital Artist Shutterpunch LLC Culver City, CA Jul 13, 2015 $58,436
Production Artist Concept Art House, Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 09, 2016 $56,555
Illustrator Penguin Random House LLC Indianapolis, IN Apr 01, 2016 $56,057
Production Artist PTT, LLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2013 $47,133 -
Digital Artist Psyop Productions LLC New York, NY Sep 16, 2014 $47,000 -
Production Artist Zachary A. Barth Redmond, WA Sep 11, 2013 $46,925 -
Illustrator Section Studios, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 07, 2015 $46,904
Production Artist Concept Art House, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 13, 2016 $46,862 -
Digital Artist Ten Penny Studios Los Angeles, CA Jun 15, 2016 $45,914

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Top Skills for A Production Artist


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Top Production Artist Skills

  1. Adobe Photoshop
  2. Adobe Illustrator
  3. Production Art
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Retouch images in Adobe Photoshop, applied curves to images for press fingerprinting, trapped mechanicals in Adobe Illustrator.
  • Generated several illustrations using Adobe Illustrator, created characters, and animated scenes using Flash.
  • Worked as a post-production artist and 2D animator producing television commercials using Adobe After Effects.
  • Produced graphics for usage on Atari.com, and other company websites.
  • Worked on the page layout design of a daily newspaper.

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