UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Biological Arts (coursework and dissertation)

This course is designed for experienced art practitioners, scientists or humanities scholars who wish to engage with creative bioresearch. The course focuses on recent advances in the life sciences, both in theory and practice. Emphasis is placed on critical thought, ethical and cultural issues and cross-disciplinary experimentation in art and science. Students have access to scientific laboratories, techniques and expertise. Students take both existing art and science units and a core of SymbioticA unit that include a major project and dissertation.

Students who already hold a degree in science, the humanities or the visual arts and who wish to undertake interdisciplinary studies to engage with the crossover of art and science will find the degree develops their theoretical and practical skills in the production of biological art and its use in communicating critical thought, ethical and cultural issues to a variety of audiences.

Completion of this degree can lead to wide and diverse career opportunities in the fields of art, science or social science, especially in positions dealing with issues of policy, communication and commentary, or in education. It offers opportunities for further academic pursuits including higher degree by research for the people who are interested in the holistic view of the effects of the sciences on our society and culture.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Biological Arts (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMBiolArts
Course code71530
Course typemaster's degree by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code083855K
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year and mid-year
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Master of Biological Arts has the following exit award: 74330 Graduate Diploma in Biological Arts (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration1.5 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the Faculty
Maximum course duration2 years full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit9 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Ionat Zurr

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

If required, students must complete relevant conversion units up to the value of 24 points in the complementary field to their previous studies, chosen in consultation with the course coordinator (e.g. students with arts/fine-arts background take science-based units and vice-versa).

Take all units (60 points):

N/AANHB5405Project Design
 ANHB5543Major Project and Dissertation Part 4
S2APHB5510Advanced Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science
S2APHB5511Advanced Art and Life Manipulation
S1, S2APHB5512SymbioticA Project Preparation
S1, S2APHB5518Biological Art Integration Studies II
S1, S2APHB5519Biological Art Integration Studies I
S1, S2APHB5524Major Project and Dissertation Part 1
S1, S2APHB5525Major Project and Dissertation Part 2
S1, S2APHB5526Major Project and Dissertation Part 3

Take Level 4 or 5 elective units to the value of 12 points, chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.


See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—a bachelor's degree in science, arts or fine arts, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit award:

  • 74330 Graduate Diploma in Biological Arts (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Biological Arts course before completing it, but after completing—

(i) 24 points of conversion in the complementary area to the previous degree (science units for a student with an arts/fine arts background, and arts/fine arts units for a student with a science background); and

(ii) APHB5510 Advanced Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science or APHB5511 Advanced Art and Life Manipulation; and

(iii) APHB5518 Biological Art Integration Studies II or APHB5519 Biological Art Integration Studies I; and

(iv) 12 points of level 4 or 5 electives chosen in consultation with the course coordinator, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Biological Arts.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

(3) Students who have completed bachelor's degree(s) with majors in both science and either arts or fine arts or equivalent as recognised by the faculty are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.