Data Visualization


    This minor explores data visualization as a tool for depicting perspectives of information. It prepares students to understand ways data is collected and analyzed, how to think critically about their findings, and industry-leading approaches to translating content for multiple audiences. Students in the minor learn to communicate information clearly and effectively, stimulate and encourage viewer engagement, and investigate complex data sets in a critical way.

    The Data Visualization minor is offered through Parsons' School of Art, Media, and Technology and requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below.

    Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • An understanding of basic design knowledge, history, research principles, concepts, media, and formats of a data visualization project
    • Competence in identifying, defining, and analyzing elements used in information design and applying them to create a rich synthesis of information and hierarchy using visual design principles
    • Strong knowledge of mapping as an expression of visual thinking and ability to apply it to visual communication projects
    • An understanding of large data sets and ability to apply different data visualization techniques, with usage of software/applications
    • Competence in gathering and organizing usable data and presenting it in a way that provides a unique and critical perspective on the chosen subject matter
    • Competence in project organization skills and a professional attitude related to the professional practice of communication design and data visualization


    Subject Area Course Options Requirements
    History and Theory 3 credits
    Studio Practice

    0–3 credits

    Students who have already completed one of these courses, or will do so for their major, should instead select another course in the subject area "Information Design and Mapping" (below).

    Information Design and Mapping 9–12 credits
    Gathering and Understanding Data
    • PLDS 1050 Reading New York: The City in Graphic Design
    3 credits


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Daniel Sauter, associate professor of data visualization, at