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Graduate degree in Data Visualization - Announcements - Art & Education
December 3, 2014

Graduate degree in Data Visualization

Photo: Martin Seck.

New MS program at The New School gives students a competitive edge in exploding fields of data science and visualization.

Parsons The New School for Design announces, for launch in fall 2015, its new Master of Science in Data Visualization, a multidisciplinary program that enables students to explore and develop skills across the dynamic intersection of visual design, computer science, and statistical analysis.

Housed in Parsons’ School of Art, Media, and Technology, MS Data Visualization’s 30-credit curriculum can be completed in one to two years. The program uniquely combines theoretical and studio-based learning to provide students with the creative and quantitative tools required to analyze and depict data. Students are challenged to examine, consider, and present information, taking into consideration aesthetic appeal, critical reasoning, and a holistic understanding of context, audience, and objectives.

“In today’s world, as the presentation of data has become increasingly important to shaping opinion, policy, and decision making in all sectors, data visualization is an essential tool,” says Aaron Hill, the Director of the program. “The rising demand for experts to turn vast amounts of data into insight and action gives graduates of this program a very competitive edge.”

As Hill points out, the fields of data science and visualization are growing at a rapid pace; according to labor research conducted by MGI and McKinsey’s Business Technology Office, an estimated 1.5 million data interpretation—related jobs in the United States are currently waiting to be filled. Upon graduating with an MS in Data Visualization, students will have the diverse skill set needed to enter and succeed in these positions.

– Students will benefit from the rigor of Parsons’ design curriculum and the extensive resources of The New School, a design-led university dedicated to social change and offering courses in research methods, statistics, and ethical/critical perspectives that draw on the world-class social sciences and policy curricula of The New School for Social Research and the Milano School.
– The program’s setting in New York City, a major technology hub and pioneer of open-source culture, gives students yet another advantage in their studies: access to industry events, leaders, and external partners through guest lectures and critiques.


Parsons The New School for Design is one of the world’s leading institutions for art and design education. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/parsons.

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