Course Description

Data Visualisation (Certificate)

The aim of data visualisation is to effectively communicate information through a graphical means. This course aims to provide an understanding of the theory underpinning the field of data visualisation and to provide an introduction to the practicalities of creating effective graphical representations of data.

This course combines a mix of lectures, practical work, and informal discussions around important topics in data visualisation. Students will be required to critique existing visualisations, find interesting data sets, and create their own visualisations.

The course is suitable for individuals involved in the collection, analysis or interpretation of data, as well as for those responsible for the communication of data to a range of audiences. It is not necessary to have a technical background in data analysis to benefit from this course.

Topics covered:

  • Representing data in one, two and higher dimensions including the visualisation of spatial data.
  • Apply best practice principles for the graphical communication of data.
  • Explore data sets using dynamic and interactive software tools.
  • History, current trends, and emerging themes in data visualisation.
  • A number of software applications will be introduced including Tableau and R based data visualisation libraries including ggplot2. No prior knowledge of these software applications will be assumed.

The course is offered in IADT as part of the Creative Futures Academy (CFA) – an initiative of Ireland’s three leading Higher Education providers of cultural and creative education (IADT, NCAD and UCD), funded by the Higher Education Authority’s Human Capital Initiative.

The CFA supports the early and mid-career needs of creative professionals by offering credited NFQ courses / modules to people working in the creative sector. By offering learners the opportunity to skill, upskill and reskill, the CFA supports the professional growth, reach and impact of the creative and cultural sectors.

Application deadline: August annually

For more information and to apply, please visit Data Visualisation (Certificate) – IADT

Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeCo. Dublin
Course CategoryData Analytics, IT
Course TypeOnsite
Course QualificationLevel 8 Certificate
Awarding BodyIADT
Awarding Body DetailsCertificate / Special Purpose Award
Course Duration4 days
Course TimeThe course runs over 4 full days (Fridays) from October to January on campus.
Course Fee1,100
Entry RequirementsLeaving Certificate Examination or equivalent (NFQ Level 5). Applicants without this may be considered based on their prior experience and learning through our RPL (recognition of prior learning) process.
Carear PathThis course should broaden the skills of anyone working with data in a wide variety of organisations, including manufacturing, financial services, market research and the broader public sector. If you already hold an Honours Degree you may apply for a related Masters Degree course or for a suitable research postgraduate Masters Degree in IADT. If you do not hold an Honours Degree, you may be interested in our Undergraduate Degrees in Applied Psychology, Creative Computing and Creative Media Technologies.
Course CodeDL103
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