Art directors formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. They direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design.
An art director's job description involves coordination and creative activities by discussing client requirements and presentation concepts with the creative, copywriting, or production department heads. They review art materials, copy materials, and proofs of printed copy developed by staff members, work with creative directors to develop design solutions, create custom illustrations or other graphic elements, and present final layouts to clients for approval.
Art directors discuss the objectives, budget, background information, and presentation approaches, styles, and techniques with the client and review illustrative material to determine if it conforms to standards and specifications.
A bachelor’s degree or art director degree is required for this job with a considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, and experience. The skills required for a creative director job description include time management, judgement and decision making, problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, social perceptiveness, management of personnel resources and financial resources, negotiation, persuasion, operation analysis, service orientation and system analysis.
Art directors need knowledge of communication and media, sales and marketing, computers and electronics, design, fine art, administration and management and sociology and anthropology. They should possess sound knowledge of design software, desktop publishing software, web page creation, office suite, internet browsing and email software.
To succeed, an art director must be good at thinking creatively and working with computers. An art director salary can range from six to seven-figure salary.
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