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Master’s Degree in Visual Tools to Empower Citizens

2nd Edition
Course Code: 210058
Category: Master's Degree
Language: English
Start date: 13/10/2021
End date: 25/06/2022
60 ECTS
Day and Time:

From October to March: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4 pm to 7 pm.

From March to June hackathons will take place in online format on specific days (see the calendar)

100% of the classes will be held by videoconference.

Location: In streaming through the videoconferencing platform Zoom
Places available: 15

Who the course is for

Graduates in Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biotechnology, Videogame Design and Development, Multimedia Studies, Bioinformatics, Science and Data Engineering, Geoinformation and Geomatics Engineering, Audio-Visual Systems Engineering or Data Engineering, among others.

The Master’s Degree is also open to active professionals in the journalism or corporate communication sector (journalism, advertising, marketing), as well as to those from other branches of the Humanities, along with Social and Cultural spheres.

When it comes to selecting students, special emphasis is placed on female profiles of all the proposed disciplines, in order to ensure a much-needed perspective that is lacking in the professional market.

Entry requirements

Candidates must hold a university degree or equivalent (bachelor's degree, engineering, architecture, diploma, technical engineering or technical architecture).

In the case of a foreign university degree, the student must accredit a comparable educational level in the aforementioned degrees and must accredit eligibility to access postgraduate studies in their country of issuance.

If the candidate holds a degree in Communication, Humanities or the Social area, they must accredit the prior completion of an intensive course in computer programming and/or statistics.

Aims

To train professionals to design and develop visual tools and public data exploration systems that increase transparency.

These include tools similar to those of the Govtrack.us project: Tracking the United States Congress, which in 2005 made available vast amounts of legislative data in a structured, open and visual format for researchers, journalists and public interest initiatives. This initiative served to develop dozens of open government projects up until 2017, when the US Congress began to publish open and structured data itself.

Although our focus will be on the public sector, the skills required to conceive and develop the projects will be transferable to other areas, ranging from interactive journalism to companies.

Professional outings

The radical change from visual and interactive journalism to the mainstream Anglo-American and European media (in which we have extensive experience) occurred the moment computer professionals entered the newsroom. Until then, journalists and “technical” staff were two worlds apart. They had virtually no contact with each other.

Although we are fully aware that the language of each specialisation involves technical differences, we are convinced that demand will grow in the coming years. Both profiles - design and programming - are essential for a visualisation team. The proof of this is that the most successful agencies and departments strike a balance of both.

Some of the most noteworthy professional opportunities are as follows:

  • DataViz developers for public administration bodies
  • Designers of interactive visualisations for public research institutes
  • Data scientists and visualisation developers for data analytics companies
  • DataViz designers or developers of interactive media systems or fact-checking agency systems.
  • DataViz designers or developers of interactive systems for companies in any sector.

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