University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

MA Data Visualization is driven by the intelligent interrogation of data and intensive practice-led research. In a data-driven society, it is increasingly important for businesses, policymakers, governments and NGO?s to communicate data coherently using diverse visualization tools and techniques. You will develop the ability to translate data into creative narratives that a wide variety of audiences can understand using the most appropriate form of communication design for each project, including print, physical objects, environmental design or a screen based interaction. You'll be supported in developing an independent and critical view, producing visual narratives to bring about positive change, taking a collaborative and cross-disciplinary approach across sectors including science, health, education and underrepresented social groups through the use of data. You'll gain an in-depth understanding of information design within the context of communication design, acquiring a range of digital and analogue skills, underpinned by a historical, theoretical and critical framework.

The course recognises the social, cultural and ethical dimensions of data visualization practices and will support you in developing a highly informed understanding of the role and implications of an editorial voice. You'll produce work through a research-led body of enquiry that explores the power, potential, social and cultural impacts of data visualization. Upon completion of the MA Data Visualization course, graduates will be equipped with a keen critical understanding of the field of data visualization and will have acquired a diverse set of technical and project management skills represented in a portfolio of data visualization work. We expect graduates to have the skills, experience and confidence to address a range of academic or professionally focused problems within this field; drawing on specialist knowledge and experience and a familiarity with related areas such as information design, user experience design and design thinking. Graduates will have acquired leadership skills, an entrepreneurial mind-set and the ability to tackle complex problems with insight and determination.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,890 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £10,890 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £19,930 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Educational level may be demonstrated by: Honours degree (named above); Possession of equivalent qualifications; Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.