Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions.Work Environment
Most art directors are self-employed. Others work for advertising and public relations firms, newspaper and magazine publishers, motion picture and video industries, and specialized design services firms.How to Become an Art Director
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.Pay
The median annual wage for art directors was $97,270 in May 2020.Job Outlook
Employment of art directors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
About 11,500 openings for art directors are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.State & Area Data
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