Postgraduate Diploma Data Visualisation
This course is free for eligible job-seekers and offered at a significantly subsidised rate for those in employment via the Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1. HCI Pillar 1 is open to eligible job-seekers, home-makers and individuals in employment. For eligibility information click here.
Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.
What is Data Visualisation?
Data visualisation is a specialism concerned with producing visual representations (e.g. charts, graphs, maps, interactive dashboards, etc.) of datasets that effectively communicate the underlying patterns and key insights therein. The world is awash with data, and the rate at which data is being generated, stored and analysed is increasing exponentially along with advances in technology and its growing ubiquity in our daily lives. This programme aims to produce graduates equipped to work with this data to draw out valuable insights to inform meaningful actions toward successful outcomes. It is vital in any modern organisation to make data-driven decisions and communicate these effectively and ethically to stakeholders.
What will I do?
You will gain the knowledge, skills and competencies required by data visualisation designers and developers. These include sourcing and working with data; visual design principles; choosing appropriate visualisation modes; the grammar of graphics; technical/software skills to manipulate, explore, and create (interactive) visualisations; research and evaluation techniques to assess the requirements of a visualisation project and appraise the outcome. Throughout the programme, you will apply these skills and knowledge at each stage of the data visualisation design process from problem definition through to iterative design, prototyping and testing.
The learning environment of the programme is built around the practical application of theory and skills introduced in lectures, demonstrated in computer laboratories and applied in studio project work. This is supported by regular formative assessment and feedback enabling learners to engage in iterative development.
This programme is designed for candidates who are:
• already working in data science, information design, or graphic design, and; who are looking to broaden and deepen their knowledge;
• or those who are looking to retrain and up-skill in order to break into the field of data visualisation.
What Modules will I study?
Term 1: Data Visualisation; Contemporary Issues in Data; Designing With Data.
Term 2: Advanced Data Visualisation; Applied Data Analytics; Professional Practice.
Successful graduates will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and competencies to work across a wide range of data visualisation projects and roles in any industry that is reliant on working with and understanding data, such as: technology (big data / data science); news and media, finance, biotech, government; etc. Graduates will gain real-world experience through the Professional Practice module that will prepare them for their future careers.
Upon completion of the programme graduates will also be positioned to pursue further study pathways, e.g. at Masters or PhD level.