Art Editor

Personality type:
Design | Print and Media

The Lowdown

  • Designing the overall look and style of a magazine
  • Commissioning photographs and illustrations

Is this role right for me?

For this role, you will need to:

  • Have a keen and developed visual style
  • Be able to implement creative ideas swiftly and elegantly
  • Be a strong communicator
  • Have good attention to detail
  • Be fluent in various design software packages, such as Photoshop and InDesign
  • Thrive when under pressure

What does an Art Editor do?

Art Editors are in charge of making sure a magazine is attractive and easy to read. They use a range of IT and design skills to make the publication have a real visual impact while keeping the information easy to digest.

The Art Editor would also be in charge of instructing photographers and illustrators on the designs and images needed for the magazine, and finding various stock photos that may be needed. From the earliest conceptions of the magazine to the finished product, the Art Editor is responsible for the overlook throughout.

In smaller companies, an art editor would work on their own, but in some larger companies they are in charge of a team of people.

Will I need a qualification?

The majority of art editors entering the industry will have a degree in an artistic field, such as Fine Art or Graphic Design.

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What’s the best route in?

Having a large portfolio of impressive work is key, and will show how skilled you are and why a company should hire you. A portfolio can be built up of projects achieved during education or personal projects.

Art Editors are typically more senior, but by impressing a publication you can start in a junior role such as magazine designer or art worker before moving up.

Where might the role take me?        

Art Editor is one of the higher positions at magazine publishers, but there are a few senior editing roles that an aspiring art editor can pursue, often in bigger publications.

Interested? Find out more…

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