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Art Directors

Art Directors
Quick Facts : Art Directors*
2010 Median Pay$80,630
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201273,900
Job Outlook9% (Slower than average)
Employment Change6,700

Art directors are responsible for the overall design and direct workers who develop art work or layout designs. They oversee the visual style and images in newspapers, magazines, movie and television productions, and product packaging.

What Art Directors Do

  • Determine the best way to represent a concept visually
  • Supervise design staff
  • Talk to clients about the developing artistic styles and approaches
  • Develop budgets and timelines in detail
  • Review and approve designs, artwork, and images from staff

Work Environment

About 12 percent of art directors work for advertising and public relations firms. Others work for newspaper and magazine publishers, specialized design services firms, and the motion picture and video industries.
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Job Outlook

Employment of art directors is expected to increase by 9 percent from 2010 to 2020. The most new jobs are expected in the advertising, public relations, and related services and specialized design services industries.
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The average salary for art directors was $80,630 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Art Directors

Art directors need at least a bachelor's degree in an art or design subject and previous work experience. Their background and experience will vary depending on the industry. Some may have worked as graphic designers, illustrators, copyeditors, or photographers, or in another art or design occupation, before their positions as art directors.
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