So as of April, I will be graduating College with a two year diploma in Advertising and Marketing Communications. Throughout my college experience, I have learned about Advertising Sales (Consumer & Trade), Advertising Planning and Preparation (Competitive/Brand Analysis), Media Buying & Selling (Media Strategy & Media Brief), Integrated Marketing Communications (Consumer & Trade Promotions) as well as identifying target markets through demographic and psychographic research. Anyways, my program was more tailored towards the business side of advertising with one copywriting & layout course offered each semester for creative.
My ambition is to become an art director, gradually striving towards becoming a creative director. I've always had a passion for creative advertising. However, I feel I've had to learn more about creative on my own as it wasn't a primary focus in my program. My dilemma is, when I graduate, I'm thinking of getting into an arts university for their advertising program which offers a bachelors degree in design, mainly focused on the creative side. I'm 22 right now, and this is a four year program, so I'll graduate around 26. My question is, do you think 26 would be a little late to come out of school? I have to create and present a portfolio in a couple of months for admission and I was wondering if it is even necessary for me to go to school in hopes to pursue a creative job or should I just continue to learn on my own while developing a portfolio to present to potential employers?
Any insight and relative experience would be greatly appreciated !