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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. Students learn to understand, through the use of the technologies of the life sciences, how to explore practically and theoretically the methods and ideas concerned with the crossovers between the fields/cultures of art and science (particularly the life sciences). The unit also facilitates students to actively integrate their knowledge of both art and science into their growing understanding of biological art.

12 points

Students understand the social, ethical, aesthetical and conceptual aspects and limits of the use of the technologies of the life sciences in exploring art and science crossovers, and various examples of its application by national and international artists/scientists/communicators. Students progressively integrate their knowledge of both art and science into their growing understanding of biological art.


This comprises an inter-semester assessment. There is no examination.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Assistant Professor Ionat Zurr
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Graduate Diploma in Science (Biological Arts) (50300)
or Master of Science (Biological Arts) (51570)
or Master of Biological Arts (53550)
or Graduate Diploma in Biological Arts (52350)
VISA2214 Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science
and VISA3314 Aesthetic Crossovers of Art and Science
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hr per week
labs/tutorials: 3 hrs per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.