Art Directors

Job Summary

Art directors use their understanding of visual elements to plan and design the visual layout in media such as magazines, newspapers and movie and television production. They oversee and direct all other designers who are working with them on a project.


Art Directors generally carry out the following duties:

  • Determine which images to incorporate for visual presentations in media

  • Choose the visual style that is to be used in publications

  • Direct and manage graphic designers, set designers and other design staff

  • Engage in discussion with client to bring about an artistic approach.

  • Manages the effective collaboration of teams between artistic and creative departments

  • Develop budgets and timelines

  • Presents visuals to clients for their approval


Employers usually require at least a bachelor’s degree in an art or design subject along with at least 5 years previous work experience in the art or creative field.


In order to test Art Directors effectively, employers usually administer the Business Intelligence Test test to test their managerial competence and ability to make critical decisions. The customer service personality test can also be administered to determine the individual’s potential for dealing with staff and clients. Lastly, the work ethics personality test which would be u used to assess an individuals work ethic and ethical code of conduct.


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Art Directors

Job Facts

2018 Median Pay
$92,780 per year, $44.60 per hour
Entry level qualification
Bachelor’s Degree
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)