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Arts and Media Directors

Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications

Service Branches

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Work Environment

Arts and media directors usually work in studios or offices. They may direct film crews on location in military camps or combat zones.

  • Military Status


  • Median Military Salary This is the median, or the midpoint, of the salary range for this career.


    Military Salary Range Salary varies based on years of service, degree level, special pays, family status and location.

    $25,775 - $89,739


Arts and media directors are experts in graphic arts, digital photography, layout design, cinematography, and video production. They create a variety of visual communications products for various outlets, and supervise personnel involved in the creation of such materials.

Military Training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Arts and media directors may have an education in business or the arts. Job training for arts and media directors consists of classroom and on-the-job learning in various environments. Like other officers they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities military structure and etiquette traditions and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Management of military broadcasting facilities
  • Motion picture radio and television content and production management
  • Public information management principles
  • Imagery production systems
  • Military media relations

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to transform ideas into visual images
  • Interest in organizing and planning activities
  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others

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