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On this Data Visualisation Design at University of Portsmouth , you will learn how to create rich and meaningful stories with data. We will study digital content in any mode, whether it is in alphanumeric form, binary, vector, pixel, video, or others. The designer provides an important interface, that allows us to explore data and generates meaningful communication. 

This communication is predominantly visual, but with developments in Wearables and the Internet of Things, is also becoming increasingly physical, affective, networked and interactive. Data Visualisation Design spans traditional graphic and information design, interaction design, information architecture, computational design, design thinking and user-centred and user experience design.

On this course you can:

  • Learn the theory and practice of data visualisation, data, interface/interaction design and user experience, and apply this to your own design
  • Critically question the role of data related to the social, political, economic and cultural through contextual research
  • Explore live data sets from real world scenarios, such as industry or charities like the digital humanitarian network
  • Develop independent research and project ideas to create innovative, forward thinking design solutions and experiences for a digital and data driven world
What Opportunities Might It Lead To?

The course will prepare you to work in the design disciplines of the creative industries, with a focus on data visualisation, information design, computational design, digital content, interactivity and user experience. Data Visualisation designers are in demand in sectors including business, research, health, education, government/public service, the arts.

The skills gained on this course can also be applied to employment in UI (user interface) design, or focus on interaction as a UX (User experience) designer. The critical and contextual outlook allows you to position yourself as a strategist and operate in a consultative manner. The research aspect of the course would also suit a career in compulsory, further and higher education.

Careers include:

  • Data Visualisation Design
  • Information Design
  • Digital Graphic Design
  • UI (user interface) / UX (user experience) design
  • Interaction design

Career

This course is an opportunity to focus your creative design practice on the interactive, data driven, user centred and culturally contextualised. It also enhances your design career by upgrading your skills and widening your knowledge and thinking in the digital arena, allowing you to stay one step ahead of the rest. The independent research aspect of the course prepares you for further education in terms of a research degree and employment in R&D and/or education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • A Question of Research
  • Fundamentals of Data and Interaction Design
  • Digital Futures – Themes and Issues in Practice
  • Design Solutions for Enterprise, Society and Culture
  • Major Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

  • A good honours degree in a related subject including design, media, communications, illustration, information technology and cultural and theoretical studies, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An interview or online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      13200 GBP/year
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      Based on the original amount of 13200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • EU/EEA

      6500 GBP/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 6500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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    • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students Part time: Yr 1 £2,170 , Yr 2 £4,330
    • International students Part time: Yr 1 £4,400 , Yr 2 £8,800

    Living costs for Portsmouth

    • 710 - 1100 GBP/month
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