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.
The first MFA program entirely dedicated to Information Design and Visualization trains students in harnessing visual languages to support discovery and communicate information across a range of socially relevant issues. Graduates will be professional information designers and data visualization experts able to collaborate effectively in this dynamic and burgeoning field of practice and research. They will be prepared to work in design agencies, research institutions, companies, and public institutions. The program intends to produce professionals skilled in design principles and practices needed to assume leadership roles in an evolving interdisciplinary field. Students will also be well positioned to pursue PhDs and academic careers. 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. Both practicing professionals and recent undergraduates in fields such as architecture, graphic design, journalism, business, the humanities and sciences are welcome to apply.
Students have an opportunity to gain an understanding of translating data and information into visual languages and to learn to integrate theoretical, visual, and technical aspects of visualizations that engage a broad range of audiences. The curriculum is built upon an established undergraduate program in graphic, information, and interaction design and seeks applicants from diverse fields of study who are interested in information visualization and communication of information. 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 http://northeastern.edu/visualization/
- 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.
Information Design and Visualization, Graduate Certificate Requirements
*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.
Resources for Current Students
Visit the Registrar’s website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.