Degree Offered

Graduate Certificate in Data Visualization & Representation



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In today’s data-driven world, the ability to harness the power of data and transform it into meaningful, visually compelling stories is a skill in high demand. Whether you’re interested in business, information graphics, data art, healthcare, community engagement, or organizational communication, our distance program equips you with the tools and knowledge needed to excel in the field and set you apart as a Data Visualization and Representation (DVR) expert, wherever you are.

With data literacy becoming an essential skill in today’s workforce, our certificate program will help you stand out in the job market. Employers across various sectors are actively searching for professionals who can not only access, mine, and research data but also transform it into visually powerful stories that resonate with authenticity, precision, and impact.

Our program is a unique blend of diverse disciplines. With a focus on ethical data practices, research, data mining, and visual storytelling, the DVR certificate is designed to empower all aspiring data professionals, management experts, and leaders.

What sets our program apart is the open sharing of work in a virtual studio setting, enabling collaborative critique and feedback to enhance your presentation skills, preparing you for real-world scenarios.

The program’s core curriculum consists of six courses, divided into three arms: the Data Computer Arm, the Ethical Research Arm, and the Art Critique and Storytelling Arm.

The capstone course features experts from various disciplines who provide valuable insights to enhance your project and presentation skills. This program is designed to prepare you to be the best at telling your data-driven stories, to be confident in responding to questions, and to be continuous in improving your work.

Don’t miss this opportunity to become a master of data visualization and representation. Apply now and embark on a journey to elevate your data storytelling skills and make a meaningful impact in your chosen field.

After completing this certificate, you will be able to design and create data visualizations and have the ability to do the following in your data visualizations:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical implications of data analysis and representation and the harms that can occur in collecting, storing, analyzing, interpreting, and representing data.
  • Address the data-to-decision pipeline and any problems that arise in research output across disciplines.
  • Utilize existing data visualizations from historical and contemporary contexts to enhance your work.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which your datasets are filtered and analyzed mathematically.
  • Address the computational processes and tools used for consolidating data in the project.
  • Present and lead an audience through a data visualization.
  • Offer and receive constructive criticism in a critique setting and make significant revisions based on the critique feedback.
Peter Precourt

Peter R. Precourt

Professor of Art, DVR Program Coordinator

“My personal interests are in the graphic novel, painting, drawing, and contemporary art practice and theory. I believe that the keys to an arts education are a synthesis of: individual facility, knowledge of contemporary studio practice and art history, making work of personal resonance, and a commitment to both craft and community. The artist needs … Read More
Gregory Fahy

Gregory M. Fahy

Associate Professor of Philosophy

I teach most of the philosophy courses that UMA offers, including Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics. I also teach the Interdisciplinary Course that is required for Liberal Studies majors. I always like to have a good discussion going in class. Don’t feel bad if you leave my class more confused than you arrived because one … Read More
Matthew Dube

Matthew P. Dube

Associate Professor in Data Science, Computer Information Systems, and Applied Mathematics

Spatial Informatics, Applied Data Science, Data Literacy/Ethics, Human Factors Design.

I am a native of the mountains of Western Maine. I am a first-generation interdisciplinary scholar with data at my very core. My work has its foundation at the intersection of data science with geography, specifically the development of formal representations of spatial linguistics/language toward the development of spatial artificial intelligence. I also do applied … Read More
Adjunct Professor Luc Demers

Luc Demers

Assistant Professor of Art

Luc Demers is an artist living in Southern Maine. In the early nineties he studied art at USM, completing the BFA program with a concentration in photography.  In 1994, while continuing to pursue his personal work, he began working as a commercial photographer as well as shooting editorial work for The Casco Bay Weekly and … Read More


Please contact Peter Precourt, DVR Program Coordinator, with any questions via email at