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Creative Director

Ensure visuals, messaging, and design of a project are engaging and effective
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What's it like to be a Creative Director?

Creative Directors are found in a variety of industries such as the advertising, graphic design, film, music, video game, fashion, or entertainment industries. Creative Director’s maintain a cohesive look and feel of a project by ensuring the visuals, messaging or interactive designs are engaging and effective. They are also responsible for establishing the budget and timeline for each project and manage a team of creative staff to create, plan and deliver a strategic vision for clients.

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Tasks and duties

  • Deciding how to turn ideas and messages into visuals.
  • Choosing and approving photographs, artwork, graphics and designs.
  • Creating and executing for a publication, product or campaign style guide.
  • Meeting with and creating designs for clients or marketing and advertising departments.
  • Presenting work to clients and making changes to a project’s direction as needed.
  • Managing and motivating a team of graphic designers, web designers and artists.
  • Keeping projects on budget and deadline.
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How to become a Creative Director


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To become a Creative Director, it may be an advantage to hold a degree and several years of experience.

  1. Complete a Bachelor degree in Art, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Marketing, Journalism or another design-related field. You may choose to pursue a Master of Fine Arts or Master of Business Administration degree to further your skills and knowledge.
  2. Gain some work experience. You might start your career as a Graphic Designer, Artist, Photographer, Marketing Assistant or in other artistic jobs before advancing to a Creative Director position. During this time, you should build a work portfolio that you can present to Hiring Managers.
  3. Because content is becoming increasingly digital, you might take vocational courses and seminars on topics such as graphic design software or digital design to keep your skills current and attractive to potential employers.

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Latest Creative Director reviews

Latest reviews from 5 Creative Directors surveyed on SEEK
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Mar 2021
I love that my day is never the same. Seeing your creative come to life is such a reward!
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Marketing
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
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Magazine
The good things
No day is the same and no client is the same. The variety of work you are involved with certainly leaves you never bored! And for creatives the challenge of coming up with new ideas and seeing those i...
The challenges
You need to be good at wearing many hats and manage time well. The deadlines can be overwhelming.
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Mar 2021
Great Ideas need Patience
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Arts
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Advertising, Marketing
The good things
The good things are, you get to create a brand that can be seen worldwide. Its like seeing your child grow up. These days with the changes in technology CDs, Art Directors and Graphic designers are be...
The challenges
The challenges are too many companies want more from you having to cover from the beginning through to the end product with very little help from a team, so many positions are being referred to as a C...
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