Art Directors


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-1.8% (little or no change)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What Art Directors Do

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. Direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design.

Other Job Titles Art Directors May Have

Art Director, Art Supervisor, Creative Director, Creative Guru, Design Director, Director of Creative Services, Consumer Products, Group Art Supervisor, Production Manager, Senior Art Director

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Creative Arts Director ,

Museum of Tolerance

I am in charge of managing the creation of all print graphics used at the museum. We are also in the process of opening a new museum in Jerusalem, so I've been doing a lot of fundraising for that project. I work on a lot of projects that seek to combat hate, like working with LAUSD students to help kids with online bullying and domestic terrorism at a school level. I design a lot of the graphics for those projects and fundraise for our various departments.

Art Director ,

John K. West Illustration & Design

A great day at work is one where the synergy created by client/designer collaboration encourages my creativity and best visual problem-solving capabilities to emerge.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Formulate basic layout design or presentation approach and specify material details, such as style and size of type, photographs, graphics, animation, video, and sound.
  • Manage own accounts and projects, working within budget and scheduling requirements.
  • Confer with creative, art, copywriting, or production department heads to discuss client requirements and presentation concepts and to coordinate creative activities.
  • Present final layouts to clients for approval.
  • Review and approve art materials, copy materials, and proofs of printed copy developed by staff members.

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