Introduction to Data Visualisation

Introduction to Data Visualisation
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What you'll learn

What you'll learn

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What you'll learn on this self-paced online course

Master the principles for transforming your data into powerful visualisations, with a fresh, creative approach from data visualisation guru, Andy Kirk.

This course is perfect for anyone looking to gain an accessible, broad and thorough conceptual understanding of contemporary data visualisation to enhance the creativity and impact of their research.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Harness color, composition, interactivity, and annotation to tell your data story

  • Tailor your visualisations to your audience’s needs and integrate critical thinking into your design decisions

  • Determine what is the most important, relevant and interesting content to portray to your audience

10 hours to learn
3 months access


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Course modules

Course modules

There are four modules in this course

Introduction and Formulating your Design Brief

Introduction to the subject of data visualisation, the design workflow and principles, and undertake the first stage of the design workflow, ‘Formulating your brief’.

Working with Data and Establishing your Editorial Thinking

Explore the four steps towards understanding and preparing your data and learn about editorial thinking and perspectives.

Developing your Design Solution: Data representation and interactivity

Learn how to show what you want to say and create the right user experience.

Developing your Design Solution: Annotation, colour and composition

Learn how to offer the right level of assistance, apply colour for leigibility and organisation, and consider the layout of all your contents.

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What our learners say





There are no technical nor knowledge-based prerequisites for this course. The most critical attribute is your curiosity - an instinct for and interest in discovering and sharing insights from data - and your appetite to find a fresh approach to communicating data through visual representation and presentation. This course is aimed at people from all backgrounds, organisation types and domain areas. It is designed to be accessible and useful for all participant demographics with a role or interest in communicating with data.



Frequently asked questions

How is the course structured?

The course is structured around a proven visualisation design workflow delivered through four modules that incrementally build up your knowledge and confidence in this subject. Week-by-week, you will build up a detailed understanding of all the different aspects of decision-making that go into any data visualisation design work from a range of creative, analytical, and journalistic perspectives.

How is the content delivered?

The content is delivered through a blend of teaching and assessment activities to maximize your learning opportunities.

Will I be able to speak to other learners on the course?

Yes! There is a course forum which we encourage you to use to connect with your fellow learners.

Do I need to install any software?

No, you do not need to install any software. All you need is a computer (or tablet) and internet connection.

How long will I have access to the course for?

You have access to the course materials for 3 months and can complete the course at your own pace during that access period.

Will it take me more than 10 hours to complete the course?

As you're working through the course you'll come across optional activities and further reading. The 10 core learning hours do not include the time it may take to complete this additional learning. Please bear this in mind when planning your time.

Will I get a certificate?

All of our courses offer a certificate of completion signed by your instructor. You will be able to download this certificate, from the Learning Platform, when you complete the course.

Can I buy this course outside of the US?

Yes, SAGE Campus are available outside of the US. At time of purchase, the current exchange rate will change the price of this course in to your currency

Do I get a discount for the course instructor, Andy Kirk's, Data Visualisation book?

Learners on this course* receive 75% discount on Andy Kirk’s book, Data Visualisation: A Handbook for Data Driven Design. The book isn’t essential for completion of the course (everything you need to learn is included within your modules), but there are sections of the course where you might find it interesting to do a little outside reading.

*Excludes learners based in Australia and New Zealand.

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