|Quick Facts: Art Directors|
$89,820 per year
$43.18 per hour
|5 years or more|
|5% (As fast as average)|
Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions. They create the overall design of a project and direct others who develop artwork and layouts.
About 3 in 5 art directors were self-employed in 2016. Others worked for advertising and public relations firms, newspaper and magazine publishers, motion picture and video industries, and specialized design services firms.
Art directors need at least a bachelor’s degree in an art or design subject and previous work experience. Depending on the industry, art directors may have previously worked as graphic designers, illustrators, copy editors, or photographers, or in another art or design occupation.
The median annual wage for art directors was $89,820 in May 2016.
Employment of art directors is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Art directors will continue to be needed to oversee the work of graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, and others who design artwork and layouts.
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