Art Director

Occupation Information table
Overview: Art directors formulate the themes for layout and design for commercial art work for display in visual media such as magazines, newspapers, TV, posters and product packages. They confer with clients and advertisers and supervise the work of the artists involved in each project.
Duties: They manage the origin and production of art works to be used either for commercial purposes or upon request by a private art collector.

They confer with management of commercial firms wishing to use artwork in their advertisements in publications, TV commercials and public buildings.

They select artists to produce art work, negotiate a contract for its production and monitor the artist's progress and make sure that it meets the clients' needs.

They call upon business organizations, advertising agencies, etc. to determine their commercial art work needs. They propose artworks and estimate costs.

Degree(s): A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $33,000 to $36,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Almost all art directors have a bachelor's degree in commercial arts or fine arts with a strong course background in graphics design, drawing and photography. When seeking an entry position in the applied arts field, it is important to have a "portfolio" containing samples of your best artworks.
Advancement Info: Advancement opportunities for art directors are limited. This is because they have already advanced to a supervisory position. Thus, advancement often takes the form of moving to higher paying jobs with more famous companies. Some art directors advance by starting their own businesses.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • The ability to make appropriate use of equipment and materials to get a job done.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.