Most art directors have a degree in advertising and design, as well as
advanced training in graphic design. In an advertising and design degree program you will learn to plan,
design, and direct the creation and production of print ads, as well as learn how to run a successful
360-degree ad campaign. With the creative and business skills gained by proper training in advertising and
design, you will be qualified to pursue a career as an art director or creative director.
Employment opportunities for art directors can be found with advertising agencies, magazine and newspapers,
public relations firms, and manufacturers. However, over half of art directors employed in the U.S. are
self-employed or freelance.
The average salary for an art director is about 50,000 to 80,000 dollars a year. Wages can vary by employer,
area of the country, level of experience, responsibility, and size of the project. Many art directors also earn
bonuses each year, which equal up to about 10 percent of their salaries.
Art directors, or creative directors, are in charge of a creative team that produces artwork to be
displayed in magazines, on television, on billboards, on the web, or on products. A creative team can
consist of artists, graphic designers, photographers, copywriters, and a production staff.
make sure that each of these workers produce and complete their work on time and to the client’s
satisfaction. Art directors also play a major role in the development of a project by making decisions
on the visual elements of the project, and by giving the final say on the selection of models, art, props,
colors, and other elements.
To be an art director you will need advanced training in graphic design as art
directors also often do some of the artwork and designing themselves. However, most of an art director’s
time is spent doing supervisory and administrative work.
Art Director for the video game Lost Planet
Kawano speaking with Sonoko Nakano, CG Artist
A concept painting by Kawano for Lost Planet. Everything everyone created for the game was based on his original concept paintings.