Job Family: Arts, Communications, Media, and Design Arts and Media Directors
Services Offering this Occupation
 | Navy  | Marine Corps

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Short Description
The services produce many motion pictures, videotapes, and TV and radio broadcasts. These productions are used for training, news, and entertainment. Arts and media directors manage audiovisual projects. They may direct day-to-day filming or broadcasting or manage other directors.


What They Do
Arts and media directors in the military perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Examine, select, and distribute photographs that are secure, timely, appealing, and artistic for reproduction
  • Create or supervise creation of works of art in one or more visual arts media
  • Plan and organize audiovisual projects, including films, videotapes, TV and radio broadcasts
  • Determine the staff and equipment needed for productions
  • Set production controls and performance standards for audiovisual projects
  • Direct the preparation of scripts and determine camera-shooting schedules
  • Direct actors and technical staff during performances

Helpful Attributes
Helpful fields of study include audiovisual production, cinematography, communications, and graphic arts. Helpful attributes include:
  • Ability to transform ideas into visual images
  • Interest in organizing and planning activities
  • Interest in planning and directing the work of others

Training Provided
Job training consists of classroom instruction. Training length varies depending on specialty. Course content typically includes:
  • Public information management principles
  • Management of military broadcasting facilities
  • Motion picture and television production management

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.


Civilian Counterparts
Civilian arts and media directors work for television networks and stations, motion picture companies, public relations and advertising firms, and government agencies. They perform duties similar to those performed by military arts and media directors.

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