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Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design Launches New MS in Information Design and Visualization

Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) is pleased to announce the launch of a new graduate degree offering: The Master of Science (MS) in Information Design and Visualization. The MS is a STEM-designated degree embedded in CAMD’s Information Design and Visualization graduate course offerings, which builds 21st century literacies such as data storytelling.  The one-year program focuses on visual interfaces to communicate and explore digital information, as well as strengthening students’ quantitative research skills and technical competencies. The MS in Information Design and Visualization will be available for students beginning in the Fall of 2019.

“This new program exemplifies our innovative ‘Creativity + STEM’ approach,” said CAMD Dean Elizabeth Hudson. The 32-credit MS serves as an on-ramp for people from arts, humanities and other backgrounds to enter data-driven professional sectors through creativity-framed training in data collection, analytics and coding. It also teaches those with technical backgrounds how to frame their technical skills in creative contexts through applying design principles and visual communication fundamentals. The interdisciplinary curriculum prepares graduates to work in areas including design, media, technology, business, health, education and public institutions. “We are leading with distinctive programs that are vital to the future of the workplace, bringing together the human capacities for creativity, communication and collaboration with the need for lifelong learning in STEM-based fields and advanced technologies,” said Hudson.

“Data collection, analysis and interpretation are increasingly important perspectives for making sense of our world. Information design and data visualization are the languages in which this discourse takes place,” said Dietmar Offenhuber, CAMD Associate Professor, Information Design and Visualization.

“Visual design allows us to engage with data and technology through compelling cognitive experiences that improve decision-making and action,” said Paolo Ciuccarelli, founding director of CAMD’s Center for Design. 

Following the successful model of the college’s two-year MFA program, this one-year program is designed for students who are interested in the quantitative, analytical, and technical aspects of translating data into visual languages. Course work focuses on the integration of theoretical, cognitive and technical aspects of visualization and information design to engage a broad range of audiences.

From the MS, students have multiple options to expand their advanced studies along diverse avenues, including adding Graduate Certificates in related topics and applying to proceed academically into a terminal Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. Eligible international graduates of this STEM-designated program may have the option to apply for extended optional practical training after degree completion.