Nanodegree Program

Data Visualization

Visualize and Communicate with Data
Combine data, visuals, and narrative to tell impactful stories and make data-driven decisions.
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  • Estimated Time
    4 Months

    At 10 hours/week

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  • Prerequisites
    Basic Data Analysis

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Why take this Nanodegree program

Communicating effectively is one of the most important skills needed today, and every business is collecting data to make informed decisions. Build on your data or business background to drive data-driven recommendations. Whether you are a data analyst looking to communicate more effectively, or a business leader looking to build data literacy, you will finish this program able to use data effectively in visual stories and presentations.

Data presentation and persuasion are among the top ten most in-demand skills, according to LinkedIn.

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Bridge the gap between business and data

Create clear and impactful data visualizations to support your viewpoints. Use your analysis to make data-driven recommendations.
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Engage with your Audience

Combine hard and soft skills to connect and engage with your audience by supporting your storytelling skills with technical data skills.

What You Will Learn


Data Visualization

You’ll start by building data visualizations and dashboards, considering your audiences to be as effective as possible. Then, you’ll move into drafting presentations using storytelling techniques, visualizations, and animations to provide data-driven recommendations.

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Estimated 4 Months

Prerequisite Knowledge

To be successful in this program, you should have basic statistics and data analysis skills.See detailed requirements.

  • Intro to Data Visualization

    Learn how to select the most appropriate data visualization for an analysis, evaluate the effectiveness of a data visualization, and build interactive and engaging Tableau dashboards.

    Build Data Dashboards
  • Dashboard Designs

    Design and create a dashboard in an enterprise environment. Discover user needs, identify key metrics, and tailor your dashboard to a particular audience.

    Design a Data Dashboard
  • Data Storytelling

    Learn the end to end process for telling a story and providing a recommendation based on data. You'll define an effective problem statement, structure a data presentation, scope analyses, identify biases and limitations within your dataset, and pull together an end-to-end analysis.

    Build a Data Story
  • Advanced Data Storytelling

    Learn advanced data visualization and storytelling techniques. Learn to use Tableau Storypoint to add interactivity and other visual elements to a story, and add animation and narration with Tableau Pages and Flourish.

    Animate a Data Story

All Our Programs Include

Real-world projects from industry experts

Real-world projects from industry experts

With real world projects and immersive content built in partnership with top tier companies, you’ll master the tech skills companies want.
Technical mentor support

Technical mentor support

Our knowledgeable mentors guide your learning and are focused on answering your questions, motivating you and keeping you on track.
Personal career coach and career services

Personal career coach and career services

You’ll have access to career coaching sessions, interview prep advice, and resume and online professional profile reviews to help you grow in your career.
Flexible learning program

Flexible learning program

Get a custom learning plan tailored to fit your busy life. Learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals on the schedule that works best for you.
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Program Overview - Why should I take this program?
  • Why should I enroll?
    Data analysis and communication are highly sought after skills. Recent LinkedIn research even pointed to data presentation as one of the top 10 most in-demand skills.
    Udacity has collaborated with Tableau and highly skilled industry leaders to build this program. You’ll get hands-on practice visualizing data and using them to clearly communicate data-driven recommendations.
    By taking this course, you will combine hard skills in data analysis and visualization with soft skills in presentation, storytelling, and communication to create effective presentations.
  • What jobs will this program prepare me for?
    This program is intended to supplement existing skills and is not meant to prepare you for a specific role. However, the skills you gain are appropriate for many fields including business, marketing, data analytics, executive leadership, and more.
  • How do I know this program is right for me?
    This program is intended for two types of students: business leaders and data professionals.
    If you are a business leader looking to leverage data to communicate more effectively, this program is for you. You’ll be able to make your case for a business goal using data to tell a story.
    If you are a data analyst, data scientist, machine learning engineer, or other data professional, this program will help you communicate your findings more effectively. You’ll be able to influence your business by showcasing and communicating the most important pieces of data.
Enrollment and Admission
  • Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria?
    There is no application. This Nanodegree program accepts everyone, regardless of experience and specific background.
  • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?
    This program is appropriate for students with some experience with data analysis. You should understand descriptive statistics, such as calculating measures of center (mean, median, mode), measures of spread (variance, standard deviation), and distributions (normal distribution, skewness). You should also be familiar with analyzing data in spreadsheets (Excel, Google Sheets, etc.). If you do not have this background, there are courses included in the extracurricular section of the program to help you.
  • If I do not meet the requirements to enroll, what should I do?
    If you need to sharpen your pre-requisite skills, try the Intro to Descriptive Statistics course.
Tuition and Terms of Program
  • How is this program structured?
    The Data Visualization Nanodegree program is comprised of content and curriculum to support four (4) projects. We estimate that students can complete the program in four (4) months working 10 hours per week.
    Each project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network. Feedback will be provided and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes.
  • How long is this Nanodegree program?
    Access to this Nanodegree program runs for the length of time specified in the payment card above. If you do not graduate within that time period, you will continue learning with month to month payments. See the Terms of Use and FAQs for other policies regarding the terms of access to our Nanodegree programs.
  • Can I switch my start date? Can I get a refund?
    Please see the Udacity Program Terms of Use and FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.
What software and versions will I need for this program?
  • What software and versions will I need for this program?
    For this Nanodegree program, you will need a desktop or laptop computer running recent versions of Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, and an unmetered broadband Internet connection. There are no additional hardware or software requirements for this program, other than those outlined on Udacity's general Technology Requirements page.

Tell Stories with Data

Use data visualizations to tell effective and impactful stories.

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