FDAD Creative Development Part 2 – reflective practice and portfolios with Melanie Rose and Tiffany Robinson

Ref: S2D10404

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About this course

Learn ways to critically review and reflect on your work, how to consolidate and present your ideas, and how to organise and prepare a portfolio for assessment and application. This course is for current FDAD students only.

Course Description

Learn how to reflect on your artwork with a critical eye to support the development of the work, and provide an understanding of the context of your practice. As a FDAD student, you receive plenty of feedback from tutors and peers in College, this course will give you the means to reflect on your work, identify themes, ideas, processes and materials, in your home studio. You will also learn how best to present the work as a cohesive portfolio for assessment and for application.

The course begins with a session on mapping your practice. You will then review selected pieces of work using a framework that encourages meaningful evaluation with peers based on key questions. This framework will give you the confidence to participate in informative dialogue, and gain valuable insights into your work. After this you will reflect further on your work to create a series of strategies for your practice, and a creative response.

There will be a guidance session on portfolios, tips on how to present work, after which you will organise your portfolio and present five displays. 

By the end of the course you will have increased your contextual knowledge and understanding of your practice, the skills to reflect, edit and critique artwork, and how to present your work in a portfolio.

Throughout this course you will work with your portfolio, all students must bring their portfolio plus sketchbooks.

Venue: 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

Bring the materials you use the most in your sketchbooks and in your practice. This is for the creative response in which you will develop work from one of your existing pieces. To help you decide, identify five pieces of work that are most aligned to where you want your practice to go, or the artworks you prefer. If these are materials that are not available to use in the Auditorium, such as forged metal or stone, bring materials that you can work with to make models, or drawings for 3D.

Available to buy

Colours – eg 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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