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An Art Director is a conceptual role typically found within agencies. The Art Director will often be paired with a Creative Copywriter. Their job is to create concepts and then work closely with the rest of the creative team (especially Designers) to deliver those concepts into creative collateral. An Art Director could be above the line, below the line or fully integrated into delivery. The Art Director is a senior and often leadership position within the agency team. Art Directors are often good illustrators, handy with a pencil and pad – able to sketch and scamp ideas when needed. Some Art Directors prefer to focus on the conceptual aspect whereas others will be confident visualising their designs.
Why consider a career as an Art Director?
Art Direction is a fast-paced and varied role where no two days will be the same. You’ll get the opportunity to be creative on a daily basis and enjoy defining the creative vision across a wide range of media.
What a career or job as an Art Director may entail…
As part of a creative studio, your job will be conceptual in the main. Depending on team structure, you may work in partnership with a copywriter when crafting ideas but this varies from studio to studio. The Art Director will work closely with the Creative Director to deliver concepts across a variety of channels; these could be digital, DM (direct marketing) or digital. Once an overarching concept is defined, they will work collaboratively with the rest of the creative team (Designers, Artworkers, Copywriters etc.) to finalise the concepts into finished designs ready for launch.
Typical role titles include
Junior Art Director
Midweight Art Director
Senior Art Director
Career progression example
Senior Art Director
Head of Art Direction
At an entry level, Art Directors on average will be earning between £32k-£40k. At the mid-level you’d be looking to earn £40k-48k and Seniors would be looking to earn £48k+.
Is it right for me? The skills it takes…
An overarching knowledge of design concepts is key, as while you don’t necessarily have to come from a design background, you should have sound knowledge of design to be able to effectively lead creative teams and direct design processes and projects.
What qualifications does it take?
You will usually need a foundation degree or diploma within a relevant subject. For example, these could include graphic design, graphic communication, illustration, art, creative writing, marketing or branding.
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"Sam has helped us recruit UX Designers, Service Designers and Accessibility experts for the last 18 months. During this time, I have come to understand that Sam has exemplary knowledge of UX disciplines, knows many candidates on a personal level, and only ever refers highly-skilled top-tier humans. What sets Sam apart from others in the field is the time and energy he puts into understanding the current (and envisioned) culture of the team he is recruiting for. This dedication allows him to spot people who will support your culture and not (negatively) disrupt it."
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"As a content design lead with a rapidly scaling team, I recently needed 3 experienced senior content designers asap - and luckily I got to work with Sam. He took the time to understand my team, and how we work as content designers and ux writers in our specific working environment. Sam quickly found outstanding candidates, and made my busy days easy by organising interviews, setting up calls, ensuring I had information and details quickly and without hassle. Especially helpful was that Sam had clearly taken the time to get to know each candidate - he understands all the UX skillsets including all the various aspects of content design, and could also help me understand each candidates’ background, a bit about their character and preferences. That meant I was able to have meaningful conversations with him about fit and capability, which helped me make hiring decisions. I was able to hire 3 amazing content designers in about 3 weeks."
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