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Art Directors
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 300

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: $39.50 - $55.59

Typical Annual Salary: $82,200 - $115,600

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: 5 years or more

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Formulate basic layout design or presentation approach and specify material details, such as style and size of type, photographs, graphics, animation, video, and sound.
  • Manage own accounts and projects, working within budget and scheduling requirements.
  • Confer with creative, art, copywriting, or production department heads to discuss client requirements and presentation concepts and to coordinate creative activities.
  • Present final layouts to clients for approval.
  • Mark up, paste, and complete layouts and write typography instructions to prepare materials for typesetting or printing.
  • Review and approve art materials, copy materials, and proofs of printed copy developed by staff members.
  • Conceptualize and help design interfaces for multimedia games, products, and devices.
  • Work with creative directors to develop design solutions.
  • Prepare detailed storyboards showing sequence and timing of story development for television production.
  • Create custom illustrations or other graphic elements.

tools & technology

  • Desktop computers
  • Digital cameras
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Tablet computers

  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Mobile operator specific application software
  • Presentation software
  • Web page creation and editing software
  • Web platform development software

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