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Who hires art directors?

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David’s Answer

Art direction can be applied to most of the creative fields: advertising, marketing, cinematography, etc. The typical companies hiring them are advertising agencies, but you can also freelance. Having a portfolio is a most! You need to showcase your understanding of color, composition, fontography, etc. I studied at Portfolio Center and had the privilege to teach at The Creative Circus. These two school are power houses when it comes to the creative side of advertising and typically they have placement of grads in about 3 to 6 months! You also have other schools like SCAD and Virginia that are really good. Good luck!
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Sierra’s Answer

Hi Melissa,

An Art Director is a higher level job that someone builds a career towards. Generally they would have extensive experience both in creating and in some team management (for around 8-10 years). You can do a lot of different things with art direction. The Art Directors I have personally worked with are within the marketing and advertising field. They usually direct the visual part of campaigns or marketing materials, therefore you can either work for one brand or for an agency that represents a lot of different brands. They ultimately hold the vision for the brand and lead the team to executing it somehow.

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One thing I like to recommend is to check job listings on Monster, Indeed, Glassdoor, or LinkedIn. They'll give an outline of what they look for in candidates.
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Vanessa’s Answer

Art directors is a very broad term in the art world. You can be the art director of a museum that dedicates towards putting up local artist up for view. You can also be an art director for video game companies, or you can be the art director of a movie/magazine, sometimes even modeling. In general that job can be spread out to many fields of the industry and there's no actual (who hires) type of thing. There will always be a demand for it and some might needed it more than the other. It just depends on where you're applying to.
It also really depends on what you want to pursue in your profession to reach that art director job. As a painter, I can apply to be an art director for local community programs that benefits the public, or simply just a job that dedicates to helping small art museums.
Keep in mind that when applying to be an art director, you will need an extensive portfolio for any field that you're applying for. Whether that be photography or 3D modeling, your portfolio is one of the most important things to have during a hiring process.
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