Information Design and Visualization, MS
The Master of Science in Information Design and Visualization is a two-semester research and analysis oriented program focusing on visual interfaces to communicate and explore digital information. Graduates will be professional information designers and data visualization experts able to collaborate effectively in this dynamic and burgeoning field of practice and research, prepared to work in data-driven areas including design, technology, business, health, education and public institutions. The curriculum is designed to train students in design principles, critical inquiry and the analytical and creative practices needed to assume leadership roles in an evolving interdisciplinary field. Course work focuses on the translation of data and information into visual languages, and the integration of theoretical, cognitive and technical aspects of visualizations that engage a broad range of audiences. From this master’s program, students have multiple options to expand their advanced studies along diverse avenues, including adding Graduate Certificates in related topics such as User Analytics, Data Analytics, Experience Design and Cultural Entrepreneurship, engaging in co-op opportunities, and applying to proceed academically into a terminal Master of Fine Arts degree.
A typical plan of study includes:
Semester 1 is dedicated to foundations, including introductory courses in information visualization and visual communication principles and practices, visualization technologies, design studio, and visual cognition.
Semester 2 continues foundational training in statistics and data analysis, information design theory and critical thinking, and provides an advanced studio and information design elective allowing students to focus their studies along lines of individual interest.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
|ARTG 5100||Information Design Studio 1: Principles||4|
and ARTG 5151
|Information Visualization Principles and Practices|
and Information Design Critique Seminar
|ARTG 5310||Visual Cognition||4|
|ARTG 5320||Statistics Basics for Designers||4|
|ARTG 5330||Visualization Technologies 1: Fundamentals||4|
|ARTG 6100||Information Design Studio 2: Dynamic Mapping and Models||4|
|ARTG 6110||Information Design Theory and Critical Thinking||4|
|Complete one of the following:||4|
|Information Design History|
|Research Methods for Design|
|Visual Communication for Information Design|
|Visualization Technologies 2: Advanced Practices|
|Design for Behavior and Experience|
|Design of Information-Rich Environments|
|Information Design Mapping Strategies|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required