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Information Design and Visualization, Graduate Certificate

The Information Design and Data Visualization program uniquely combines analytical methods with distinctive training in visual communication. Successful graduates gain expertise in the visual and technological languages of data, applying modes of visual cognition and using analytics tools to create interactive, data-driven communication and installations. This design-centric program prepares graduates to collaborate across a variety of fields and settings, crossing the bridge between technology, public communication and systems design.

The College of Arts, Media and Design offers three Information Design and Data Visualization graduate degree options to meet the unique goals and aspirations of individual learners: a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), a Master of Science (MS), and a Graduate Certificate. Students in the Information Design and Data Visualization program gain an understanding of translating data and information into visual languages and learn to integrate theoretical, visual, and technical aspects of visualizations that engage a broad range of audiences. Our students have the unique advantage of studying at a major research university known for interdisciplinary collaboration located in Boston, a global center for technology, science, and education and a hotspot for information design and data visualization. We seek applicants from diverse backgrounds who are interested in exploring data, visual and auditory design, perception and creative inquiry. Practicing professionals and recent undergraduates in a variety of fields (architecture, graphic design, journalism, communications, business, the humanities, and sciences) who desire a fluency in information design should apply.

 

Learn more about our projects, students and faculty at northeastern.edu/visualization.

 

The Graduate Certificate in Information Design and Visualization is intended for practitioners and students from related fields – media, design, communications, data science, and more – who would like to acquire competencies in information design and data visualization to complement their skills and address their professional needs. Embedded in the course offering of the Master of Fine Arts and the Master of Science in Information Design and Data Visualization program, students in the certificate program will have the opportunity to join other graduate students for guest lectures and workshops. Throughout the course of the certificate, students learn how to think visually, while also learning how to produce effective, meaningful visual information from various sources of data. Graduates are professionals who are prepared to tackle new information communication challenges and communicate and collaborate with researchers in a variety of fields, as well as stakeholders and the public.

 

The graduate certificate consists of 16 credit hours. Students take two core courses and two electives.

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Careers

Design researcher

Data Visualization Expert

Information Designer

Interaction Designer

User Experience Designer

Visual Communication Expert

Visualization Researcher

Visual Strategist

Multidisciplinary Skills

Data analysis

Human factors

Design critique

Design process

Data physicalization

Programming

User-scenario mapping and observation

User testing

Learning Outcomes
  1. Concept/Expression Outcome: Conceptualize and create expressive and innovative games, playable experiences, and artifacts, developing a personal style via reflective design.
  2. Craft Outcome: Hone craft and technical skills in a broad range of mediums, and justify the appropriate usage of techniques in the service of creating artifacts.
    Research Outcome: Gather, organize, and articulate relevant research to inform design and analysis.
    Process Outcome: Follow an iterative design process informed by user testing, external and self-critique for producing creative works.
    Values/Context Outcome: Analyze the social, political, and cultural theories embedded in games, playable experiences, and artifacts, and articulate ethical reasoning during design and production.
    Collaboration Outcome: Plan and manage the organization of people, timelines, tasks, repositories, and finances for multi-person creative projects, and constructively critique others’ work.
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