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Data Visualization

Nanodegree Program

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

  • Enroll by
    May 31, 2023

    Get access to classroom immediately on enrollment

  • Skills acquired
    Data Storytelling, Data Visualization Design, Tableau Dashboards

What you will learn

  1. Data Visualization

    Estimated 4 Months

    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.

    Prerequisite knowledge

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

    1. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

All our programs include

  • 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.

  • Real-time support

    On demand help. Receive instant help with your learning directly in the classroom. Stay on track and get unstuck.

  • Career services

    You’ll have access to Github portfolio review and LinkedIn profile optimization to help you advance your career and land a high-paying role.

  • Flexible learning program

    Tailor a learning plan that fits your busy life. Learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals on the schedule that works best for you.

Program offerings

  • Class Content

    • Real-world projects
    • Project reviews
    • Project feedback from experienced reviewers
  • Student services

    • Student community
    • Real-time support
  • Career services

    • Github review
    • Linkedin profile optimization

Succeed with personalized services.

We provide services customized for your needs at every step of your learning journey to ensure your success.

Get timely feedback on your projects.

  • Personalized feedback
  • Unlimited submissions and feedback loops
  • Practical tips and industry best practices
  • Additional suggested resources to improve
  • 1,400+

    project reviewers

  • 2.7M

    projects reviewed

  • 88/100

    reviewer rating

  • 1.1 hours

    avg project review turnaround time

Learn with the best.

Learn with the best.

  • Mat Leonard

    Instructional Designer at Kaggle

    Mat is a former physicist, research neuroscientist, and data scientist. He did his PhD and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Josh Bernhard

    Data Scientist at Nerd Wallet

    Josh has been sharing his passion for data for nearly a decade at all levels of university, and as Lead Data Science Instructor at Galvanize. He's used data science for work ranging from cancer research to process automation.

  • Robert Crocker

    Data Visualization Consultant at IBM

    Robert is a Data Visualization consultant with over 7 years of experience leveraging Tableau at places such as First Republic Bank, Charles Schwab, and Pinterest. He now provides solutions to clients all over the world, providing training to professionals and executing projects onsite and remotely.

  • Malavica Sridhar

    Senior Product Manager at CircleUp

    Malavica is a Senior Product Manager with over five years of experience. Her work includes building Helio, an ML platform used to identify breakout brands in early-stage consumer packaged goods companies.

  • Ben Jones

    CEO of

    Ben Jones is the founder & CEO of Data Literacy, LLC, a training company that helps people learn the language of data. Ben teaches data visualization theory at the University of Washington, and he's the author of Communicating Data With Tableau (O'Reilly 2014).

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Data Visualization

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    • Learn

      Build data visualizations and communication skills to craft impactful narratives with data.

    • Average Time

      On average, successful students take 4 months to complete this program.

    • Benefits include

      • Real-world projects from industry experts
      • Real-time classroom support
      • Career services

    Program details

    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 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 FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.

    Software and hardware: What do I need for this program?
    • What software and versions will I need for this program?

      For this 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.

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    Use data visualizations to tell effective and impactful stories.

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