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As location-based data has become prevalent in our society, employers are recognizing the importance of mapping, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), statistics and visualization, as well as effective design. Spatial data requires special considerations for use, while mapping is transforming how we communicate and interpret data. 

The GIS and Design Certificate Program is uniquely positioned to effectively prepare diverse professionals to meet the growing demand in spatial analysis visualization in a variety of fields.

Using an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, our program faculty team of experienced professionals in the field engage students in studying GIS principles, analyzing spatial data, developing technical mapping skills, and applying the lessons learned to their practice by learning traditional, robust analytical software along with the latest interactive tools and coding skills. Through a project-based practice combined with lectures and research, the emphasis on design enables students to develop creative problem-solving skills and make compelling, data-driven maps and visualizations to solve real-world challenges.

Our certificate program teaches students how to acquire and create data for use in various projects. Proper assessment of spatial data quality is a core component of the Program. Using software like Esri’s ArcGIS and QGIS, students learn many of the powerful tools available for transforming spreadsheets into stylized maps and creative graphics. Sharing GIS products through the web and mobile applications is increasingly in demand. Our certificate courses examine the principles of design for the web, interactive design, and the technical underpinnings of online mapping using Carto and Mapbox, among others. With expertise in the programming languages JavaScript and Python, students learn to build dynamic, web-based maps, mobile apps, and methods for incorporating graphic data into websites and blogs.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Anthropologists, architects, designers
  • Ecology/environmental/forestry/conservation/wildlife professionals, engineers
  • Educators
  • Information/technology/business professionals
  • Journalists
  • Public health professionals, social scientists
  • Urban, regional and land use planners
  • Anyone engaged in the design industry or related professions, who seek to enhance their knowledge and skills in GIS through a design lens in order to share compelling stories with their constituencies

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

This certificate program requires the successful completion of 180 hours of study, corresponding to six core courses. It can be completed in two semesters (e.g., fall & spring, or spring & summer for example) or within the summer term. You can start the program in the fall, spring, or summer. The summer term offers all six certificate courses in an accelerated delivery format.

SUMMARY OF CORE COURSES (6)

XSAVI-700   Spatial Thinking, Data and Design Foundations (prerequisite)

XSAVI-702   Introduction to GIS (prerequisite)

XSAVI-805   Advanced GIS

XSAVI-810   Python for Geospatial

XSAVI 780   Interactive Web Mapping, Programming and Design I 

XSAVI-755   Graphic Design & UX for GIS

SUMMARY OF CORE COURSES IN ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-2021

SPRING ONLINE

XSAVI-700   Spatial Thinking, Data and Design Foundations -- prerequisite 

XSAVI-702   Introduction to GIS (pre-requisite)

XSAVI 780   Interactive Web Mapping, Programming and Design I 

XSAVI-755   Graphic Design & UX for GIS 

SUMMER ONLINE

XSAVI-700   Spatial Thinking, Data and Design Foundations (prerequisite)

XSAVI-702   Introduction to GIS (prerequisite)

XSAVI-805   Advanced GIS

XSAVI-810   Python for Geospatial

XSAVI 780   Interactive Web Mapping, Programming and Design I

XSAVI-755   Graphic Design & UX for GIS

FALL (LOCATION TBD)

XSAVI-700   Spatial Thinking, Data and Design Foundations (prerequisite)

XSAVI-702   Introduction to GIS (prerequisite)

XSAVI-805   Advanced GIS

XSAVI-810   Python for Geospatial

REGISTRATION

Deadline: 5 business days before each class starts.

Early registration is encouraged. After the deadlines, students may still be admitted only if virtual space remains in the selected course or program.

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

A laptop or desktop computer with a reliable internet connection and camera

All students will be given access to the required digital tools through their Pratt Onekey account (e.g. GSuites, Slack, Adobe Suite, and Zoom). Pratt will use these online platforms to connect students with their faculty and it is the student’s responsibility to check that their region/computer is capable of supporting these various platforms and tools.

Questions? Contact prostudy@pratt.edu.

Upcoming Courses

Courses

The open data movement has liberated thousandsof datasets. You too can access information thatwas once only available to government agencies.This three-hour workshop provides an intensiveoverview of where to find the best data, whatquestions to ask when acquiring data, and how tothink critically about data quality and accuracy.By the end of the workshop, you will have a firmgrounding in how to apply these techniques invisual analysis outputs and web maps.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021, Online
Learn to apply user experience to cartographic design and data visualization. Study fundamental principles and processes of graphic design and UX design to build a project intended to solve a real-world challenge. Conduct user research, find and create datasets, explore data visually with GIS and chart building tools, design an interactive presentation using wire framing and prototyping, and validate your designs through user testing and iterative refinement. Prerequisites: XSAVI-700 and XSAVI-702. Recommended: XSAVI-810 and XSAVI 780.


April 29, 2021 to June 1, 2021, Online
Unlock the secrets behind all those impressive maps you see on the internet. Develop the essential skills needed to build dynamic web-based maps. Learn the principles of GIS, design for the web, interactive design, and user experience. By course completion, you will be able to work with a programming language like JavaScript and online mapping platforms in order to create professional looking interactive maps and map-based charts and graphics. Also learn tools and software like Github, Leaflet, HTML, CSS, Javascript, and web mapping tools such as CARTO and MapBox.


March 29, 2021 to April 28, 2021, Online
Learn to use essential software toolsets and geoprocessing techniques for GIS. Study basic spatial theory, projections, and cartography. Create data from scratch, geocode tabular data, and work with open data and census information with the goal of understanding spatial patterns related to environmental/urban issues. Learn to choose data sources andcreate professional quality map output.


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Position yourself by studying geospatial scripting and programming with Python. Learn to automate GIS processes, create custom/shareable tools and scripts, synthesize data and apply geoprocessing to projects. Investigate Geopandas and other useful data and geospatial Geopandas and other useful data and geospatial Python libraries for data science/data carpentry (pandas), interacting with API's for applications such as geocoding (geopy) and data retrieval (US Census API) and creating mapping applications and visualizations.


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Learn to tell stories with maps and data through a design lens toward formulating solutions to real-world challenges. Learn the fundamentals of spatial theory, cartography, design, and data visualization. Using open source GIS software, assess and analyze spatial data, create maps displaying analytical insight, and maximize the message of your map output through engaging design.


January 25, 2021 to February 24, 2021, Online

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