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ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33674 Owner Female 32 $45,000 Atlanta, NY 01/01/2010
33436 Art Director Male 32 $40,000 Tampa, FL 01/01/2010
33289 Owner Male 25 $25,000 bear, NY 01/01/2010
33060 Assistant Gallery Directory Female 22 $22,000 Alexandria, VA 01/01/2010


Art directors are responsible for the visual aspects of an advertising or media campaign and they are in charge of the coordination and management of other design staff.

Art directors typically oversee the work of the other designers and artists in their team. Their typical duties include determining how best to represent a concept visually, determining what design elements to use, developing the style of an advertising campaign, managing other creative and design staff, reviewing work developed by other staff members, communicating with clients, developing budgets and presenting finished ideas to clients. Art directors can work with advertising agencies, public relations firms, books, magazines, newspapers or in theatre and television.

To become an arts director, you will need at least a bachelor?s degree in an art or design subject and previous work experience. Depending on the industry you are aspiring to enter, you will have worked in graphic design, fine arts, as a photographer or as an editor. Due to the experience and extensive skills and knowledge needed, it is quite hard to become an art director . Also, once in the profession, art directors may have to work long hours, especially near deadlines.

However, people who love design love being an art director. It is a flexible and exciting career that offer lots of development opportunities. On top of this, art directors work very independently and often receive a high salary.

To be a successful art director, you will need to have excellent aesthetic judgement and creativity. As well as this, you will also need to demonstrate strong leadership skills, the ability to effectively prioritize work and manage deadlines and be a strong communicator. So, if you are someone who loves to design things, be creative and take charge, then a career as a an art director might just be the one for you.


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