Video Game Art Directors


Overview

Video Game Art Directors

Introduction

Video game art directors play a key role in every stage of the creation of a video game, from formulating concepts to supervising production. They work with 2-D and 3-D artists, animators, modelers, and other artistic staff to coordinate all the visual images used in a game. Video game art directors supervise both in-house and off-site staff, handle management issues, and oversee the entire artistic production process.

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Median Salary

$120,370

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

Several years' experience required


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Artistic

Earnings

Art directors who worked for software publishers earned mean annual salaries of $120,370 in May 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Salaries for all art directors ranged from less than $53,240 to $188,750 or more. 

Most companies employing video game art directors offer insurance benefits, a retirement plan, and other incentives and bonuses.

Work Environment

Video game art directors usually work in studios or office buildings. Their work areas are ordinarily comfortable, well lit, and ventilated. Most art directors work a standard 40-hour week. Many, however, work overtime during busy periods in order to meet deadlines.

Video game art directors work independently while reviewing video games in development, but much of their time is spent col...

Outlook

Computer and video game developers will always need talented artists to produce their programs. Interest in computer and video games has increased dramatically in 2020, due to more people at home looking for things to do because of the coronavirus pandemic. People who can quickly and creatively generate new concepts and ideas will be in high demand. The video game industry in particular has exp...

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