Production Designers and Art Directors

In films, videos, and television commercials, production designers are responsible for the overall look of the visual elements and approve the props, costumes, and locations. Art directors are the top assistants of production designers; they ensure that the production designer’s vision is implemented. In the past, the art director title was used to denote the head of the art department. The Academy Award for Best Art Direction still references art directors, but the award is actually given to top production designers.

Quick Facts
Duties Oversee the visual elements and "look" of movies, television shows, and videos, including props, costumes, and locations
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Los Angeles and New York, but opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
Experience Several years' experience required
  • Computer
  • Drawing/Design
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Curious
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Production Designer
  • Art Director
  • Production Staff Worker

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