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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 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.

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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’s 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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