Course studied: BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature
Graduating year: 2017
Joanna Nissel is an undergraduate student. She is studying Creative Writing with Literature and aspires to an MA in Creative Writing after she graduates in 2017. She will complete two dissertation modules in her final year: one on novel-writing and the other on poetry.
Joanna's Bath Spa story
One of the things that will resonate from my time at Bath Spa is the atmosphere in the Creative Writing seminars. My teacher from the first year core module, Sally Gander, and the second year Sudden Prose module tutor, James Davey, both taught fantastic seminars. The way that they talked about their subject and broke down the intricacies of technical writing were simultaneously informative and inspiring. They encouraged the flow of ideas and we not only improved our work but formed bonds with our classmates as a result.
It was only in my second year that I really got involved in extracurricular activities. I would recommend following the Student Union and university social media pages early on, as this was where I first heard about talks by writers and got involved with performance poetry.
"It was instantly obvious when I arrived that Bath Spa University catered to the creative student. This was essential to me, because I was about to study a subject that I had never attempted (academically) before: Creative Writing."
Why did you choose Bath Spa University?
Bath Spa University had the single largest range of modules I'd seen on UCAS for a literature degree – exciting for anyone who, like me, had yet to make up their mind about their speciality. It was in a beautiful city and the location meant I could see some members of my extended family regularly. These are all practical reasons, the real deciding factor emerged on my open day tour.
It was instantly obvious when I arrived that Bath Spa University catered to the creative student. This was essential to me, because I was about to study a subject that I had never attempted (academically) before: Creative Writing. The staff reassured me that if the worst case scenario happened and I did not enjoy the subject I would be able to switch to a solely Literature degree. They took away any worries I had about such a risky decision. Needless to say from my major, my fears were unfounded but Bath Spa University made the whole decision process far less nerve-wracking.
''The best thing about the course I studied was ...''
The sense of engagement and community. People are studying the course because they actually want to learn and the difference this makes in seminars is palpable.
''I recommend Bath Spa because ...''
It has pushed me to explore many different subject areas and careers. There is a great support system in place to facilitate such exploration.