Certificate in Data Visualization

Make Your Data Come Alive Visually


Program Details

  • Location: Downtown Seattle, Online, Bellevue
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $3,585

Next start date

October 10, 2017

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About this Program

A picture speaks a thousand data points. In a data-driven world, the ability to display large amounts of information through powerful visualization tools is increasingly important for business success. The career outlook for professionals who are well-versed in these tools is extremely bright.

In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore ways to organize and derive meaning from vast amounts of data by using visual presentation tools and techniques. You’ll learn to create rich and intuitive representations that can help your business make more insightful decisions. Use principles drawn from the fields of visual design, perceptual psychology and cognitive science to develop your ability to make data make sense for everyone.


Data professionals and others who regularly use data in their work.

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Video Overview

Ben Jones, instructor for the Certificate in Data Visualization, talks about the valuable technical skills that students acquire in the program.

Duration: 02:58


  • The fundamental design principles and different types of data visualization
  • How to locate, prepare, model and analyze data
  • Methods for creating interactive visualizations tailored to specific audiences and devices
  • Techniques to add context with benchmarks and comparisons
  • How to turn data into actionable information for making sound business decisions


  • Work with data visualization software such as Tableau, Microsoft Excel, Plotly and Quadrigram (free access to all tools)
  • Complete a data visualization project that you can add to your professional portfolio

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person and engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub. You must attend at least 60 percent of your class sessions in person. You may view the remainder online, either as recorded sessions or in real time (limit of two live-streamed sessions per quarter).


Courses are streamed online in real time from the classroom. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.

For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time. You also can attend the classroom sessions in person if space is available.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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