Design Director Career Field

design director

Career Overview

Design directors have very similar responsibilities to creative directors. Their main goal is to assist companies in creating their advertising image. It is often referred to as branding. Design directors may work specifically for a company internally to create their advertising image or a design director can work for other clients developing advertising and branding for outside clients.  A design director is a manager and is mostly responsible to ensure that the branding and advertising fit the requirements set forth by a client. Design directors can work for advertising companies, media companies, automotive clients, entertainment clients, and also technology companies like web and software development firms.

Education and Other Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Marketing & Advertising

Most companies prefer design directors to have at least a bachelor’s degree in fields like business administration, graphic design, marketing, advertising, or a similar field. For those employed in the technology side for design management, a computer degree can also be helpful. Jobs in this field will be highly competitive to get, so a college degree is absolutely necessary to get hired.


Business Law
Graphic Design

Employment Trends

Job Availability as of May 2008: 44,600
Projected Employment in 2018: 43,900
Average Annual Salary for advertising managers in U.S. in 2008: $80,220

Top Colleges

Walden University
University of Phoenix
The Art Institute
Colorado Technical University
Jones International University

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Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics



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