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Master in Infographics and Data Visualisation

The management of data and large quantities of information has become one of the greatest challenges for organisations, companies and brands.

The master is a cross-disciplinary programme that focuses on the research, interpretation and graphic representation of information using an extensive range of media, tools and techniques.

  • Edition: 4th
  • Teaching period: From October 2020, 6th to Juny 2021. Final master's project presentation: June 2021
  • Schedule: Mondays to Thursdays from 19:00 to 22:00.
  • Modality: On site
  • Language: Spanish
  • Price: 8.040 €
  • Qualification: Master's Degree in Infographics and Data Visualisation awarded by the UVic-UCC
  • Credits: 60 ECTS

Presentation

While data have become an important part of our society, they can be difficult to understand unless we know what to extract from them. During this master’s degree students will learn to organise, analyse and visualise data to draw conclusions and facilitate decision making.

The Master’s Degree in Infographics and Data Visualisation is a cross-disciplinary programme that focuses on the research, interpretation and graphical representation of information, equipping students from various disciplines (science, history, design, journalism, engineering, fine arts, etc.) with the ability to synthesise and structure information so it can be transformed into visual content for a wider audience to comprehend. 

The connections that this master’s degree has with leading professionals, media and companies in the sector, like Jaime Serra, Ferdio, Domestic Data Streamers, El Periódico, La Vanguardia, Bestiario, OneTandem, T-Systems and Visual.ly, provide opportunities for students to get involved with the tools and work methods used by professionals. 

The programme is structured as seven modules, the first two are devoted to providing students with the required knowledge to tackle any information visualisation project with critical thinking, precision and graphical clarity. In the subsequent modules students will learn about the idiosyncrasies of each medium and develop projects from real briefings, with guidance from active professionals. Upon completion of the master's degree, students will have the ability to address information visualisation projects for any support, media or platform. Masterclasses with experts and extra-curricular activities that complete the training will be organised from time to time. 

This master's degree is aimed at graphic designers; digital designers; UX designers; journalists; scientists from various fields; experts in marketing, advertising and business; biologists with an interest in dissemination; copywriters and content editors; social sciences researchers; cartographers and geography specialists; and computer engineers and programmers.

Syllabus

Module 1 - History and references 

Module 2 - Fundamentals of infographics and data visualisation 

Module 3 - Journalistic infographics. Print and digital media 

Module 4 - Creative infographics for brands and motion graphics in social media 

Module 5 - Visual presentations. From data to storytelling 

Module 6 - Interactive data visualisation 

Module 7 - Installations. Data as experiences 

Programme

Module 1 - History and references 

Analysis of the predecessors that established the basis for this discipline: cartography, statistics and schematics. A historical journey through the visualisation of information, from its origins through to the present day. The study of the history of infographics and data visualisation will provide the background that is required to understand the landmarks and relevance that this discipline has achieved over the course of centuries.   

  • The origin of maps and cartographic projection systems. 
  • René Descartes’ Cartesian coordinates. 
  • The origin of statistical graphics: William Playfair. 
  • A universal language of communication: Otl Aicher’s pictograms. 
  • History’s most influential infographics and data visualisations, from Napoleon’s march by Charles Minard to the London Underground map of Harry Beck.

 

Module 2 - Fundamentals of infographics and data visualisation 

In this module we collate the theoretical knowledge that is fundamental to acquiring an in-depth understanding of this discipline. Meanwhile, the technical workshops facilitate exploration and experimentation with tools and software for everything from data processing to the creation of vector infographics. Upon completion of the module, students will have acquired a broad range of digital and analogue skills, supported by a theoretical and critical framework that will enable you to tackle any infographic or data visualisation project.   

  • Theory of visual perception and cognition. 
  • Information architecture. Techniques for organising large quantities of unstructured information.
  • Display, compare, classify and correlate data. 
  • Exploration and analysis of data. 
  • From the database to visualisation. 
  • Understanding and identifying good and bad practices. 
  • Product photography applied to infographics and data visualisation. 
  • Vector illustration, icons and graphic synthesis. 
  • Conventions and graphic codes. 
  • Typography for information design. Legibility, versatility, and balance. 
  • Research. How and where to acquire information and how to reference it. 
  • Masterclass: Dialogram. Creation of a diagram from an intangible. The dialectic of a group of individuals.

 

Module 3 - Journalistic infographics. Print and digital media 

The media uses infographics and data visualisations to report current affairs with precision and veracity. In this module, students will delve deeply into the different types of infographics and visualisation techniques of the press, both paper- and digital-based. The accuracy of information will be a key element, as well as access to trustworthy sources of information and the analysis of them.   

Print media 
  • Types of graphics published in the press. 
  • Analysis of the style guides of various newspapers. 
  • Informational rigour. Sources, comparing and checking information. 
  • How to compose texts that contain an infographic. 
  • Lead times for infographics in newspapers. 
  • The style book and work guidelines. 
  • Visual coherence in all the graphics of a single publication. 
  • Illustration as an informative element. 
  • Rhythms, composition and layout of a newspaper. 
  • Journalistic typography. Current international trends. 
  • The typographical palette and informational graphics of the Spanish press. 
  • Workshop: Design a graphic from start to finish using real-time newswires. 
  • Masterclass: Emotiveness in journalistic infographics. 
  • Masterclass: Illustration for infographics. Hyper-realistic illustrated diagrams. 
 Digital media 
  • The digital transformation of print media. 
  • Analysis of infographics and interactive visualisations in digital media. 
  • The consumption of internet content. 
  • Usability and user experience. 
  • Structure and navigation. 
  • Interface design in infographics and visualisations. 
  • Patterns of interactive design. 
  • Typography for screens. Hinting and antialiasing. Web fonts. 
  • Responsive design and flexible layout. 
  • Adaptation of content from paper to digital. Pixels, size and resolution. 
  • Interactive animation in HTML.

 

Module 4 - Creative infographics for brands and motion graphics in social media 

Content marketing is an essential part of the communication between brands and their audiences. Unrelated to traditional marketing, it focuses on creating and disseminating content that is relevant to potential customers for the purpose of establishing a lasting connection. 

In this module, students will learn how to create infographics and visualisations of both static and animated data with interesting and attractive content for users. Students will gain an understanding of how search engines work and the unique qualities of each social network in order to disseminate your project in a viral way.   

Infographics and creative visualisations for brands 
  • Content marketing. Outbound marketing vs. inbound marketing. 
  • User habits on the internet and social media. 
  • Analysis of the brand and its audience. Message, consistency, emotion and audience. 
  • The types of infographics and visualisations that are effective on the internet. 
  • Vector illustration as an essential tool for visualising information. 
  • Microcontent. Publishing strategies for social media content. 
  • Analysis of the viral phenomenon. Why some infographics are viewed by millions of people and others are not. 
  • Practical resources for making an infographic or visualisation go viral on the internet. 
  • Masterclass: SEO/SEM/ASO positioning and promotion of infographics and visualisations. Case studies: Dear Data, Tesla and Vans. 
  • Masterclass: Business models in infographics and data visualisation for brands.   
Motion graphics for social media 
  • Video as a key format on social media. 
  • Basic fundamentals of animation. 
  • Planning an infographic or animated visualisation. 
  • Storyboard, schema and narrative structure. 
  • Timeline animation techniques.
  • From infographics or static visualisation to animated 2D content. 
  • Methodologies for working quickly and efficiently. 
  • Adapting a motion graphics piece for different social networks. 
  • Video formats: MP4 vs GIF.

 

Module 5 - Visual presentations. From data to storytelling

Companies are exposed to significant risk when they present ideas, data, products and services to new audiences and potential investors. It is no longer enough to display the slides and read the accompanying text in these presentations. In this module you will learn how to synthesise and sort information and data to create a memorable, convincing and persuasive presentation.   

  • The presentation. Types. Difficulties, challenges and solutions. 
  • What makes presentations boring? 
  • Adapt to the recipient: content and audience. 
  • Present through storytelling. The history surrounding the company. 
  • Structure and content of the presentation. Rhythm and consistency. 
  • Avoiding excess information. 
  • Proper use of data visualisation in presentations. 
  • Hierarchies and typographic size. 
  • Colour contrast depending on the projector and the light in the room.

 

Module 6 - Interactive data visualisation 

When drawing conclusions and making strategic decisions, companies from a variety of sectors—from banking to health to political and governmental organisations—all benefit from the clarity and accuracy they get from data visualisation. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to analyse, synthesise and sort any dataset containing thousands of data units and transform it into an interactive visualisation.   

  • The data visualisation process. 
  • Differences between interactive and explorative visualisations. 
  • Definition of goals and basic rules. 
  • Capture and analysis of data. 
  • Statistical principles for data visualisation. 
  • Visual codification according to the available data. 
  • Scraping, cleansing and processing of data. 
  • Graphical representation of data. 
  • Creation of dashboards and data storytelling. 
  • Visual representation of data. Function and aesthetics. 
  • Interactivity: depth, exploration and details. 
  • Masterclass: Data visualisation and dashboards in the business sector. 
  • Masterclass: Data and truths (the whole world likes to talk about 'me').

 

Module 7 - Installations. Data as experiences 

Data visualisation is a tool that is also used as a raw material in more artistic and experimental fields. In this module, students will endeavour to take data beyond visual or interactive representations, transforming them into a physical installation that users can interact with.  

  • Data as experiences. 
  • Project management for an experiential project. 
  • Research and conceptual development. 
  • Design of data capture experiences. 
  • User interaction systems. 
  • Assessment of the cost of production. 
  • Timings and resource optimisation. 
  • Communication of results. 
  • Masterclass: Infographics cannot be art, but art can be infographics.

Career Opportunities

  • Print and digital press. 
  • Design and communication studios. 
  • Marketing and advertising agencies. 
  • Startups, SMEs and companies. 
  • Multinationals in any field. 
  • Governmental organisations. 
  • Digital strategy agencies. 

Payment methods

Total cost of the course: 8.040 €

Payment methods

BAU, Design College of Barcelona offers different terms of payment:

  • Single payment: attracts a 3% discount
  • Part payment, in three installments:
    • 1st payment consisting of 40 % of the fees on enrollment
    • 2nd payment consisting of 30% of the fees before November 5th
    • 3rd payment consisting of 30 % of the fees before January 5th

Former students of BAU benefit from 10% discount on any of the courses. A former student of BAU is a student who, not being registered in the current academic year, has exceeded 50% of the credits for a Degree, Higher Degree in Design or the BAU Nit (BAU Evening); or 100% of the credits for any of the Master’s or Postgraduate degrees.

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