Advertising & Arts

Art Editor

Art editors present the words and images in magazines in a way that is easy for the reader to digest, with high visual impact.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Art Editor do?

Art editors make sure that magazines look good and are easy to read. They present the words and images in a way that is easy for the reader to digest, with high visual impact.


Work activities

As an art editor, you would:

  • lay out magazines or other publications
  • make sure the most suitable graphics and photographs are used
  • discuss ideas with colleagues such as journalists and editorial staff
  • work with freelance designers, illustrators and photographers
  • produce distinctive cover designs, with high visual impact
  • set the overall look and style for the publication and making sure that each issue follows this style
  • ensure that the design is optimised for viewing in both hardcopy and digital formats.

Key skills and interests

To become an art editor, you would need:

  • creativity
  • an understanding of the magazine industry
  • confidence to present your ideas
  • the ability to work to tight deadlines and within budget
  • excellent IT skills
  • the ability to explain your ideas clearly to other staff.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work normal office hours, Monday to Friday. Extra hours may be needed to meet press deadlines.


You would do most of your work on a computer and be based in an office or design studio. You may do some of this work yourself, or oversee a team of graphic designers. There may be some travel to attend meetings or photo shoots.


How to become an Art Editor?

Entry Level Education

Most art editors begin their careers as graphic designers or in other roles in the publishing or advertising industries. To become a graphic designer you usually have to complete a VET qualification in graphic design. Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or submit a folio of work.

Having a degree in graphic design or a related area such as digital media or visual communication design may give you more employment options. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent.

Art editors need to keep up to date with changing trends, and with innovations in software. Continuing education, usually through in-house or external short courses, is important.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

The change in employment of art editors is projected to vary by industry.

Employment of art editors by newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers is projected to decline, but will likely be offset by employment related to online publications.


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