Art directors coordinate concept-and-design efforts for promotions which may be in print form, on websites, or in commercials, and they may be involved in consumer promotions, as well. Usually, art directors are more focused on the concept and will delegate work to graphic designers, photographers, and other artists; however, it is still important to be proficient in Photoshop and other design suites in order to lead others' efforts and fill in when necessary.
Some art directors may be in charge of approving and combining pieces of work and arranging them aesthetically. Teamwork skills are important in order to coordinate efforts on projects, and it may also be necessary to work with producers and directors to push efforts forward in television or film. Brainstorming efforts are often discussed in groups of co-workers.
Art directors are generally responsible for coordinating work schedules and meetings so that employees can work together seamlessly, and may also need to set project deadlines and monitor employees to ensure that they're working in an efficient manner. Art directors may be given a budget within which to work, so it is important to pay attention to all costs without sacrificing quality. This work is usually done in an office environment, and a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and many years of prior experience are generally required for this position.
Art Director Tasks
Review illustrative material to determine if it conforms to standards and specifications.
Confer with department heads to discuss requirements, present concepts and to coordinate creative activities.
Create basic layout design and specify material details.
Formulate and implement design concepts and presentation approaches, and layout design.