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What experiences/ jobs are required to become an Art Director?

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Hi There! Art Directors can be found in many fields from Magazine Art Directors to Advertising Art Directors. First, you should try to decide what industry you'd ideally like to be in, as that may change how you prepare for that role. AD's handle the visuals, graphics, and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions.

Most AD's have experience with Creative Cloud and are comfortable using Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, etc. As you become comfortable creating art and visuals within these softwares, this is when you should start growing your portfolio - a diverse group of your work to show your ability as an artist. You'd then try to secure internships within a creative team or under a creative director to understand the inner workings of that niche and continue growing your portfolio and experience with brands.

Elizabeth recommends the following next steps:

Pick what interests you most (Magazines, Movies, Advertising, Product Packaging)
Start honing your artistic skills on Creative Cloud and other softwares
Begin creating your portfolio