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Information Design and Visualization, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Information Design and Visualization focuses on the data-driven analytical and visual design of information, preparing students to communicate visually while engaging advanced data analytics to produce meaningful information environments.


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The graduate certificate 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 in Information Design and Visualization program, students in the certificate program will have the opportunity to join MFA students for guest lectures and workshops. Throughout the course of the certificate, students master 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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  1. 1.  Create effective visualizations using suitable programming languages, tools, and platforms.
    2.  Critically assess the choice of visualization methods appropriate for a specific task and data source.
    3.  Demonstrate facility with different data formats, including quantitative, qualitative, textual, relational, hierarchical, or spatial data sources.
    4.  Demonstrate facility with visual languages to create pictorial, diagrammatic, temporal, spatial, and interactive representations of information.
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Interests of Information Design and Visualization, Graduate Certificate Students

  • Augmented Reality
  • Branding
  • creative coding
  • Creative Coding and Prototyping
  • creativity
  • data
  • data analysis
  • design
  • digital design
  • Human-centered Design
  • information design
  • Interaction
  • Interaction Design
  • Interactive Data Visualization
  • interactive media
  • Mixed Reality
  • Product design
  • research
  • technology
  • User Experience
  • Virtual Reality
  • Visual Languages and Communication
  • visual storytelling
  • visualization

Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • Programming
    • Scripting
    • User mapping
    • User stories
    • User observation
    • Personas
    • Human factors
    • 3D modeling
    • User testing
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • Information Designer
    • Data Visualization Expert
    • User Experience Designer
    • Visual Strategist
    • Visual Communication Expert
    • Researcher
    • Entrepreneur

Information Design and Visualization, Graduate Certificate Requirements

The graduate certificate consists of 16 credit hours and can be completed in two to four semesters. Students take two core courses and two electives.

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Program Coordinators:

Dietmar Offenhuber

Associate Professor; Art + Design and Public Policy; Head of Information Design and Visualization graduate program

Department Chair:

Tad Hirsch

Department Chair, Professor


Cathy Bright

Graduate Enrollment Manager

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