Certificate in Data Visualisation

21 Sep 2024
 - 19 Oct 2024
Apply By


Apply To


ECTS Points


Funding up to 80%

HCI Subsidy Funding Available*

Course Code



4 days (Saturdays)


€1,100 or €220*

What is Data Visualisation?

Apply the principles of data visualisation to the analysis, design and communication of information in order to provide insights, clarity and meaning.


The aim of data visualisation is to effectively communicate information through a graphical means. This course aims to provide an understanding of the theory underpinning the field of data visualisation and to provide an introduction to the practicalities of creating effective graphical representations of data.


The course is suitable for individuals involved in the collection, analysis or interpretation of data, as well as for those responsible for the communication of data to a range of audiences.


The course will use the data visualization application Tableau. In addition, the open source software environment R together with a number of its data visualization libraries including ggplot2, Plotly and the mapping library Leaflet will be used. No prior experience with Tableau or R will be assumed.


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Identify and critically appraise the history of data visualisation, the work of key practitioners and the emerging themes and critical debates relating to a data-driven society.
2. Apply the grammar of graphics and appreciate its role in the design of appropriate visuals.
3. Create graphics that visualise data in one, two and higher dimensions using proprietary and open source software tools.
4. Explore the emerging role of geospatial analysis in data analysis and develop interactive map-based visualisations.
5. Appreciate the role of statistical reasoning in data analysis and develop surveillance models for visualising data collected over time.


This course is intended for students who:
• have successfully completed a primary degree at level 8 and are interested in learning more about the field of Data Visualisation, and/or
• may be working in a related field related to data science, information design or graphic design, and/or
• want to retrain or upskill in order to start a career the field of Data Visualisation.


Students may come from a range of backgrounds, with varying levels of prior design experience (e.g., computing, engineering, technology, business, marketing, design, creative arts, psychology, etc. graduates) for whom data visualisation is a key area of interest.

What will I study?

Topics covered in this course include:
• The grammar of graphics
• Visualising data in one, two and higher dimensions.
• Geospatial visualisation
• Interactive visualisation
• Dashboard design and development
• Data visualisation using open source software e.g., R.
• Review of key concepts associated with statistical reasoning
• Creating surveillance models based on data collected over time
• Publishing content using an open source framework.

How will I be assessed?

You will be required to complete a project where you will have to create static and interactive visualisations for a range of data configurations.

Data sets may include financial, manufacturing, transport, and tourism. Project outputs will include a written report containing analysis, observations and commentary.


There are no written examinations in this course.



Are there any Equipment / Software Requirements?

Students should have access to a computer with a standard specification.

The application Tableau will be provided to students.

Dates + Times

The course will be delivered on campus over 4 days (Saturdays) from 10am to 4pm:

  • 21st + 28th September 2024
  • 12th + 19th October 2024

What are the Entry Requirements?

An undergraduate qualification of 2nd Class Honours or higher at Honours Degree Level.

Those without this qualification may be considered provided they can demonstrate Honours Degree equivalence, which can be verified through the RPL (recognition of prior learning) process. Typically, RPL candidates should have professional experience of 2-3 years in Data Visualisation, Information Design, or a related field.


How do I apply?

Please note:

IADT operates a rolling admissions policy for graduate taught courses, with decisions issued in 4 weeks after a submitted and complete application is received. An application is incomplete until you provide all required items on the checklist (including the application fee, if applicable).

Generally, courses will remain open to applications until all places are filled.

Apply here

Fees + Scholarships

Fees for this course in 2024 are €220, subsidised by the Higher Education Authority’s Human Capital Initiative.  Check your eligibility and read about the documents you will be required to submit  HERE

Fees for those who do not meet the eligibility criteria above are €1,100.


CFA Scholarship:

A CFA scholarship encourages the participation of learners from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education by offering one free place on all of our CFA short courses.

Find out if you are eligible to apply HERE

Fill in the CFA@IADT scholarship application form HERE

Contact IADT

Please email any queries to Elena Somoza, IADT Creative Futures Academy Co-ordinator, at iadt@creativefutures.ie


“The Creative Futures Academy arrived at an ideal time for me. I had just finished a four-year honours degree, for which I was still paying. Covid-19 lockdowns were in place. I could not possibly have started taking a Master’s degree. I saw a LinkedIn post about applying for short courses on the IADT website. As I have qualified in multimedia journalism, the Data Visualisation Certificate seemed ideal – held online over weekends in two semesters. The time commitment was perfect.


I have learned what standard is expected on a Master’s course, while gaining ten credits which I can put towards a degree in future. I am much more likely to take another degree, having started on the journey. This is an excellent way to gain specialist creative skills, which can be used alone or lead into further studies. The qualification looks good on a CV, enhancing my technical capabilities, and has many practical applications in website, business or research work. I can highly recommend the Creative Futures Academy.”

Clare O’Beara, 2022 graduate

HCI Subsidy*

Human Capital Initiative HCI Pillar 3 Micro-Credentials Subsidy funding

Applicants to this course are eligible for Human Capital Initiative HCI Pillar 3 Micro-Credentials Subsidy funding. The subsidy for this course is 80% of the total course costs for eligible learners. Terms & Conditions apply.

Find out more


CFA Scholarship

A CFA scholarship encourages the participation of learners from sections of society that are significantly under-represented in higher education by offering one free place on all of our CFA short courses.

Find Out More


CFA Bursaries

Through our CFA programmes, we offer a range of bursaries to help you gain the in-demand skills you need to develop your career.

Find Out More
Apply Now