Art Directors

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Art Director, Creative Director (CD Director), Creative Services Director, Design Director

What they do:
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual productions and media, such as print, broadcasting, video, and film. Direct workers engaged in artwork or layout design.
On the job, you would:
  • Work with creative directors to develop design solutions.
  • Present final layouts to clients for approval.
  • Manage own accounts and projects, working within budget and scheduling requirements.


Engineering and Technology

  • design
  • computers and electronics

Arts and Humanities

  • English language
  • music, dance, visual arts, drama, or sculpture


  • multimedia


  • sales and marketing


Basic Skills

  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others

Problem Solving

  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

People and Technology Systems

  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it



  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say

Ideas and Logic

  • come up with lots of ideas
  • create new and original ideas


People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.

They do well at jobs that need:

  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Persistence
  • Cooperation
  • Innovation
  • Achievement/Effort


You might use software like this on the job:

Web platform development software

  • AJAX Hot Technology
  • Cascading style sheets CSS Hot Technology

Video creation and editing software

  • Adobe After Effects Hot Technology In Demand
  • YouTube

Graphics or photo imaging software

  • Adobe Creative Cloud software Hot Technology In Demand
  • Adobe Illustrator Hot Technology In Demand


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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