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Art Directors - 27-1011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Art Director
  • Art Supervisor
  • Creative Director
  • Creative Guru
  • Design Director
  • Designer
  • Director of Creative Services, Consumer Products
  • Group Art Supervisor
  • Production Manager
  • Senior Art 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

  • Broadcast Journalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Broadcast Journalist Journeyman (Air Force - 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 Documentation/Production Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Creative Director (Navy - Enlisted)
  • LDO - Photography (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Mass Communications Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Multimedia Illustrator (Army - Enlisted)
  • Photographic Officer (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Photojournalist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Photojournalist Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Public Affairs Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Production Manager, Advertising