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Art Directors - 27-1011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Art Director
  • Art Supervisor
  • Creative Director (CD Director)
  • Creative Manager
  • Creative Services Director
  • Creative Services Manager
  • Design Director
  • Graphic Design and Art Production Manager
  • Group Art Supervisor
  • Presentation Director

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Attend photo shoots and printing sessions to ensure that the products needed are obtained.
  • Conceptualize and help design interfaces for multimedia games, products, and devices.
  • Confer with clients to determine objectives, budget, background information, and presentation approaches, styles, and techniques.
  • Confer with creative, art, copywriting, or production department heads to discuss client requirements and presentation concepts and to coordinate creative activities.
  • Create custom illustrations or other graphic elements.
  • Formulate basic layout design or presentation approach and specify material details, such as style and size of type, photographs, graphics, animation, video, and sound.
  • Hire, train, and direct staff members who develop design concepts into art layouts or who prepare layouts for printing.
  • Manage own accounts and projects, working within budget and scheduling requirements.
  • Mark up, paste, and complete layouts and write typography instructions to prepare materials for typesetting or printing.
  • Negotiate with printers and estimators to determine what services will be performed.
  • Prepare detailed storyboards showing sequence and timing of story development for television production.
  • Present final layouts to clients for approval.
  • Research current trends and new technology, such as printing production techniques, computer software, and design trends.
  • Review and approve art materials, copy materials, and proofs of printed copy developed by staff members.
  • Review illustrative material to determine if it conforms to standards and specifications.
  • Work with creative directors to develop design solutions.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Collaborate with others to develop or refine designs.
  • Confer with clients to determine needs.
  • Coordinate artistic activities.
  • Coordinate design activities.
  • Design layout of art or product exhibits, displays, or promotional materials.
  • Design layouts for print publications.
  • Determine technical requirements of productions or projects.
  • Develop artistic or design concepts for decoration, exhibition, or commercial purposes.
  • Draw detailed or technical illustrations.
  • Manage operations of artistic or entertainment departments or organizations.
  • Negotiate for services.
  • Prepare production storyboards.
  • Present work to clients for approval.
  • Research new technologies.
  • Review art or design materials.
  • Select staff, team members, or performers.
  • Train others on work processes.
  • Write informational material.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Visual Information-Graphics Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Advanced Visual Information-Motion Media Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Advanced Visual Information-Photojournalism Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Artist (Officer) (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Combat Artist (Officer) (Marine Corps - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Combat Artist (Officer) (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Combat Graphics Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Combat Videographer (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Communication Strategy and Operations Officer (Marine Corps - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Creative Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Historian (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Historian Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Photography (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Motion Picture and Television Project Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Multimedia Cameraman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Photographic Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Pictorial Editor (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Public Affairs (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Information Specialty (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Radio-Television Program Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Visual Documentation Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Visual Information Officer (Marine Corps - Warrant Officer only)
  • Visual Information Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Production Manager, Advertising