Course Brief

The role of an Art Director spans across theatre, advertising, publishing, fashion, film & TV, photography and even video games. In all cases, art direction provides the means by which a unifying visual identity is established and maintained, ensuring that the visual outcome communicates to the target audience. To achieve this, the art director must work with a wide range of different professionals, understanding their roles and seeking to integrate their work with the work of others.

The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to explore art direction through the development of a unified visual style in an advertising, marketing, fashion or editorial context. Through this unit, students will explore the role of the art director as well as the skills, knowledge and techniques required to perform the role.

Topics included in this unit are: understanding client needs, collaboration, communication, leadership, creative vision, resource management and creative evaluation.


  • This course is offered in 60 contact hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explore art direction within the creative industries.
  2. Analyse a client brief and target market to formulate an art direction strategy.
  3. Implement an art direction strategy, through the creation of an advertising campaign, marketing campaign, fashion spread or editorial.
  4. Evaluate the collaborative process of art direction and own role in that process.

Unit level: 5
Credit value: 15

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design is an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for employment in the design sector in areas such as Web Design, Animation, Marketing, Illustration, Multimedia as well as the business aspects of Corporate and Freelance design.

    Learners will be able to direct their studies to specialize in either Graphic Design, Digital Design or Arts Practice. This programme allows learners to develop a contemporary focus on areas of creative practice relevant to their chosen career path.

    Pearson is the largest International awarding body approved by the UK government; it has the widest range of UK academic and vocational qualifications available to schools, colleges and organizations worldwide; operating in over 110 countries, over two million people study for Pearson qualifications in over 7000 centres annually.

    Graduates will be able to gain direct access to the extended final year of the BA (Hons) in Graphic Design offered by the University of Sunderland.