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Production Designers and Art Directors

Overview

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.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

None

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Artistic

Creative

Curious

Career Ladder
Producer

Director

Production Designer

Art Director

Production Staff Worker

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