FDAD alumni – developing creative and professional practice with Melanie Rose and Tiffany Robinson

Ref: S2D10402

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About this course

Progress your art practice through critical discussion to explore and define your focus; through personal accountability to overcome self-limiting beliefs; and through research and experimentation to develop ideas and processes. This course is for students who have completed the FDAD.

Course Description

The structure of the course covers three areas: critique, personal resilience and professional practice.  

Firstly, the critical discussion and feedback will support you to develop greater knowledge and understanding of your process and ideas. From this you will set achievable goals, experiment with material responses to your work, and explore new possibilities in your practice.  

This course takes place in the Auditorium.

Secondly, you will identify any personal blocks to your creativity and learn how to overcome them. When you know your brakes and accelerators you can drive your practice with greater confidence and save time. 

Thirdly, throughout the course you will be supported to develop a language to describe your work, culminating in a summary artist statement.

By the end of the course you will have gained knowledge and understanding of the direction of your work, and how to describe it to a specific audience. You will have a series of creative responses to refer to in future, and increased resilience and motivation in your practice.

This course takes place in the Auditorium.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


A2 paper

What students need to bring

1. Your research and development work, plus finished piece/s if you have them. Bring what is relevant to you to explore at this time. 

2. Any writing you have about the work if it’s completed, or questions if it is in development. If you have an artist statement bring it too, if not a paragraph from your FDAD essay that defines your intention in your work will be fine.

It is important that you bring with you the materials you use to experiment, explore and develop your ideas – please ensure you also bring drawing media.

It may be useful to bring a device to do some research online. The media suite will be available to students in the main building.

Available to buy

Colours – pens, pencils, highlighters


Melanie Rose

Melanie Rose is a visual artist. She graduated from Trent Polytechnic with a BA Honours degree in Fine Art in 1987, then Central Saint Martins with MA in Fine Art in 2002. Melanie is a member of the practice-led research group Land2, has exhibited extensively, and has work in both public and private collections.

Tiffany Robinson

FDAD Programme Coordinator

Tiffany Robinson studied interactive media for her MA (2005) making art films and immersive sci-art installations on perception and nanoscale. She is currently a tutor, mentor (The Art of Enquiry) and walking artist making intuitive drawings using natural and digital media. Her work deals with a post-modern estrangement from nature towards a being more than human through alignment with nature.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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