I went to Scarborough School of Art (now part of the Yorkshire Coast College) in the mid-1960's. The course I did was 'Commercial Art', i.e., producing designs for advertising material - flyers, newspaper ads, record covers, posters, calendars etc - and lasted three years, two of which included doing GCE studies, English Language ('you can't do advertisements if you can't spell' was the reason for this, not that I objected), English Literature (we did 'Macbeth' and 'Pickwick Papers' for the exam in 1964), History, Geography (my two favourites) and Art History as well as the basic Art practical. I felt I had an aptitude but didn't get a commercial art job until 1969 in the Advertsing Department of the Nottingham Post & Guardian. A 'misunderstanding' with the manager saw me back in the Classifieds within a few months, although the people around me disagreed with the decision. I'd been put with a member of one of the Graphics unions to okay my work for passing on. The 'misunderstanding' was about 'white space', concentrating copy in the centre of the ad to attract attention. It worked, but the manager had the final say, telling everyone that if you do that the customer will buy less space. Ex-army officers didn't study Advertising Psychology at Sandhurst, I don't think.
I went on to other pen-pushing jobs 'in the Print', but after redundancy from the Daily Telegraph in '94 was footloose and fancy free until taking a job at Royal Mail until taking early retirement in 2008. Now I write - check out my RAVENFEAST page.