Certificate in Data Visualization

UW Professional & Continuing Education

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  • 8 months
  • online

UW Professional & Continuing Education


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Who should attend

Professionals who want to use data more effectively in their work.

About the course

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

What you’ll learn

  • 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

Get hands-on experience

  • Apply theory to create visualizations using your choice of software, including, but not limited to, Tableau and Microsoft Excel
  • Complete data visualization projects that you can add to your professional portfolio

Learning formats

Online with real-time meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time.


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum


Ben Jones

Benjamin F. Jones is the Gordon and Llura Gund Family Professor of Entrepreneurship, a professor of strategy, and the faculty director of the Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative at Northwestern University. An economist by training, Jones studies global economic development, includ...

Tommy Unger

Tommy Unger is the data visualization lead at Qumulo in Seattle, where he leads Qumulo's efforts to analyze and visualize petabytes of data by leveraging a variety of technologies and tools. In this role, Unger incorporates visualization principles as well as design, user experience, statistics a...

Gina Bremer

Gina Bremer is a consultant with Slalom, where she specializes in data visualization, data storytelling, visual design and business intelligence strategy. Her career in data began shortly after she earned her degree in mathematics from the University of Washington. Bremer joined PayScale, Inc.,...

Lisa Carlson

Lisa Carlson is a database administrator and technology team lead for area nonprofits, where she oversees and strategizes the effective management of data and systems. She is passionate about using data visualization and data storytelling to powerfully draw out data insights. Carlson has a bachel...

Andrew Barker

Associate Strategic Customer Success Manager | Tableau Andrew Barker, a customer success manager at Tableau, is responsible for helping some of Tableau's biggest customers develop and execute organization-wide analytics strategies. Previously, he managed a product consulting team at Tableau for ...


Having spent twenty years occupying every commercial graphic role from designer to creative director—in-house, through agencies and consulting across multiple industries—Tim Mudd sought to pivot the second half of his career into visual analytics. This journey led him to the University of Washing...

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