University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Data Visualisation Design

Become an information and interaction designer with specific skills in data visualisation, turning information into knowledge, as a skilled problem solver in the digital economy. Attendees will design visual and interactive artefacts to make sense of complex data, developing interfaces (sensory/visual/embodied) to abstract information. These will enable audiences to read, explore, understand and respond to digital information. With specific focus on dealing with data, the course builds on traditional methods and knowledge of graphic/visual communication and interaction design. Attendees will become familiar with creative, technological and human opportunities as well as constraints in a world increasingly capturing, processing and relying on data.

Course modules

You will study 5 units, one of which is shared with other MA courses in the School of Art and Design. There will be preparatory units delivering a grounding in practical skills, theoretical context and academic research (competencies and skills). You will also study units that allow more thematic engagement with interactive and data driven design in terms of theory such as critical design, affordances, experience and complexity. It will also provide a unit oriented towards employability, and incorporate live briefs and group work. These units work to catalyse ideas and research direction for the Major Project unit. Core units currently comprise: 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.

Assessment methods

The teaching combines interactive lectures and group seminar discussions with support through 1-to-1 tutorials. You also receive feedback on your work through friendly but critical peer review in group sessions with other students, members of faculty and other experts as appropriate. One of the units includes working as a team. Your project work emphasises self-initiated learning which gives you the freedom to explore the specialist area of your interest, while being helpfully guided by your supervisor. The curriculum is very closely related to the research areas in the department, so the staff have cutting edge knowledge of the field and its potential for innovation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 13,200 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 4,400 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time September 2018 GBP 2,170 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site PO1 2UP South East

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