Art director (film, television, stage)

What they do

Art directors work in consultation with directors and producers to interpret scripts and organise and develop the artistic aspects of film, television or stage productions. They are responsible for creating the look, atmosphere and feel of the production. They are involved in the overall production design and often supervise the team of artists and craftspeople who work to build and create visual and special effects, props, costumes, settings and backgrounds used in the production.

Working conditions

Art directors work in film and television studios, theatres and other performance spaces, and on sets at specific locations. They work long hours, often until late, and may be required to work on weekends or public holidays. They may be required to travel locally, across the State, interstate or overseas to shoot on location.

Tools and technologies

Art directors may use mobile phones and laptop computers to coordinate a wide range of people involved in the production process. They also use computers to set and monitor budgets, and plan schedules. They may sketch or paint design ideas or use creative software programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign to produce designs or storyboards to convey their concepts.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an art director, you usually need to gain a qualification in screen and media, film, video or television, or other related area.

The Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Screen and Media are offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations throughout Western Australia.

Browse courses through Jobs and Skills WA and search on the My Skills website to find a registered provider near you.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses.

Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

Learn more about your study options.


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