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Working As A Studio 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

  • $90,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Studio 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 Studio 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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Average Yearly Salary
$90,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$90,000
Median 50%
$187,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Gensler
Highest Paying City
Denver, CO
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Studio Director make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Studio Director in the United States is $90,259 per year or $43 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $188,000.

Real Studio Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Studio Director A2Z Development Center, Inc. Cupertino, CA Nov 12, 2012 $185,000
Studio Director Kramer Design Group LLC New York, NY Mar 20, 2015 $155,000
Studio Director Altuzarra LLC New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $140,000
Studio Director Louis Vuitton North America, Inc. New York, NY Jan 14, 2013 $125,000 -
$145,000
Interactive Studio Director Agencies Branding and Content Group San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2010 $125,000
Studio Director Kramer Design Group LLC New York, NY Mar 20, 2012 $120,000
Studio Director M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. Miami, FL Jan 04, 2013 $92,206 -
$115,000
Studio Director M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates, Inc. Miami, FL Mar 16, 2013 $92,206 -
$115,000
Studio Director of Interior Design 5G Studio_Collaborative, LLC Dallas, TX Jul 20, 2009 $85,000
Studio Director John T Campo & Associates, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Jun 09, 2010 $76,500
Studio Director Studio 3125, LLC Tempe, AZ Sep 13, 2014 $73,200 -
$120,000
Studio Director Wilkinson Floor Covering, Inc. Tempe, AZ Sep 13, 2014 $73,200 -
$120,000
Studio Director Kramer Design Group LLC New York, NY Mar 19, 2012 $70,928 -
$128,656
Art Studio Director Threefold Educational Foundation and School Chestnut Ridge, NY Aug 25, 2012 $60,350
Studio Director/Production Manager XENO Nevada Corporation Las Vegas, NV Jan 15, 2012 $56,600 -
$77,500
Art Studio Director Threefold Educational Foundation and School Chestnut Ridge, NY Aug 25, 2013 $55,990
Art Studio Director Threefold Educational Foundation and School Chestnut Ridge, NY Aug 25, 2011 $53,350
Studio Director Silver Layne Studios Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 13, 2014 $47,062
Studio Director Silver Layne Studios Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jun 20, 2014 $47,062
Studio Director Kramer Design Group LLC New York, NY Mar 12, 2012 $42,765 -
$120,000

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Top Skills for A Studio Director

  1. Production Artists
  2. Video Production
  3. Income Tax Returns
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  • Managed studio activities that included hiring freelance techs, maintain supplies and ensure appropriate equipment for studio and location video productions.
  • Introduced Agile project management methodology that increased overall development productivity and fidelity of planning and reporting.
  • Oversee Chicago's studio operations; including client management, finance, HR.
  • Repaired and maintained studio and studio equipment including FitFormerTM.
  • Created student curriculum and oversaw client relationships.

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Top 10 Best States for Studio Directors

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  2. New York
  3. Washington
  4. Georgia
  5. New Mexico
  6. Oregon
  7. Maine
  8. Illinois
  9. New Jersey
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Studio Director Demographics

Gender

Male

46.2%

Female

43.1%

Unknown

10.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.1%

Hispanic or Latino

18.7%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

7.1%

Unknown

3.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

36.6%

Italian

14.6%

French

12.2%

German

9.8%

Portuguese

2.4%

Indonesian

2.4%

Chinese

2.4%

Gujarati

2.4%

Dutch

2.4%

Venetian

2.4%

Greek

2.4%

Carrier

2.4%

Hindi

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Korean

2.4%
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Studio Director Education

Schools

New York University

10.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

9.3%

School of Visual Arts

8.1%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.8%

Columbia College Chicago

5.8%

University of Washington

4.7%

University of Central Florida

4.7%

San Francisco State University

4.7%

Ohio State University

4.7%

Fordham University

4.7%

University of California - Berkeley

4.7%

University of Southern California

4.7%

University of Florida

3.5%

University of Alabama

3.5%

Arizona State University

3.5%

Ithaca College

3.5%

Boston University

3.5%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

3.5%

Drexel University

3.5%

American University

3.5%
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Majors

Graphic Design

12.1%

Communication

11.8%

Photography

10.3%

Business

9.8%

Fine Arts

9.2%

Architecture

7.2%

Psychology

5.7%

Marketing

4.9%

Journalism

4.9%

Music

3.2%

Digital Media

2.9%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

2.6%

Computer Science

2.3%

Education

2.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.3%

Kinesiology

1.7%

English

1.7%

Project Management

1.7%

Dance

1.7%

Public Relations

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.7%

Other

17.6%

Masters

15.9%

Associate

7.7%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.7%
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