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Published: 26 May 2009 at 15:14

Anglia Ruskin University postgraduate Open Evening shows the various study routes

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Anglia Ruskin University is showcasing two brand new postgraduate courses designed to leave their graduates streets above the rest on the other side of the credit crunch. A new Master of Fine Art degree will be previewed along with a new MA in Publishing at the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences’ forthcoming postgraduate Open Evening on 10 June.

Their new Master of Fine Art course is a professional qualification, internationally recognised as the highest taught award in the visual arts. Taught within Cambridge School of Art, the Master of Fine Art offers flexible study routes which cater for the individual students’ need and chosen career paths. Described as the MBA (Master of Business) for the creative industries, the MFA is a guarantee of professional competence.

Also designed with the needs of the industry in mind, the new MA in Publishing was developed in consultation with its Advisory board which includes representatives from Cambridge University Press, Macmillian, Polity Press, Salt and ProQuest. In May, the University hosted three publishing related events including a Publishing Industry day. Alexandra Pringle, Editor-in-Chief at Bloomsbury and alumnus of the University featured as a keynote speaker. The day provided a real insight into a variety of aspects of publishing with opportunities to talk to literary agents and listen to specialists from Salt Publishing, Cambridge University Press and Essential Works – just some of the unique opportunities students enrolling on the course can expect to experience.

All new graduates are faced with difficult choices as they prepare to enter the world of work for the first time. For this year’s graduates, however, job prospects are looking gloomier than ever before, with graduate placements being cut in many areas, now is the perfect time for many people to consider postgraduate study.

Sarah Jones, Marketing and Recruitment Manager for the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences expounds:

"In an increasingly competitive job market, employers are looking for something which makes individuals stand out from the crowd. These postgraduate qualifications do just that indicating to employers that candidates are serious about their career prospects and prepared to invest in their chosen careers. Not only that but in many cases these qualifications have been developed with the relevant industries in response to a definite need and therefore we know our postgraduates are gaining the skills the industry is looking for."

Male and female postgraduates can expect to earn up to 20% and 34% more respectively than their UG counterparts according to research undertaken by the Skills Task Force (source prospects.ac.uk). The Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences is holding a Postgraduate Open Evening for those interested in further study on Wednesday 10 June 4-7pm. For a list of postgraduate courses and for more information please visit: www.anglia.ac.uk/alsspg or contact Sarah Jones, sarah.jones@anglia.ac.uk or call 0845 196 2981.