UCLA Extension’s specialization in digital cartography provides a comprehensive overview of fundamental concepts and techniques related to computer-based GIS mapping (both static maps and interactive Web-based maps), cartographic design, and data visualization principles. The courses contained within the specialization provide students with practical instruction in a field that the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has rated as being one of the most rapidly growing professions in the United States. In addition to learning essential cartographic design theory and about various forms of maps and their applications, students learn to use geographic information systems (GIS) software to create professional-quality maps and data visualizations that incorporate fundamental cartographic design best practices including proper use of color, symbology, typography, data classification, generalization, and simplification. Instruction centers upon practical applications of cartographic design techniques using industry-standard software: students learn to (1) create various forms of static maps using ArcGIS for Desktop, (2) develop interactive Web maps and mapping applications using ArcGIS online and Mapbox Studio, and (3) develop data visualization dashboards using Tableau. Upon completion of this specialization, students will be prepared to create professional-quality static and interactive maps and data visualizations incorporating many forms of geospatial data.
Admission Requirements: Recommended prerequisites: Students from countries in which English is not an official language are required to submit one of the following test scores (scoring above the minimum scores) to demonstrate English proficiency: TOEFL: 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), 79 (internet-based)
GEOG XL 7: Introduction to GIS or any equivalent introductory GIS course
Application & Candidacy Fee: $50.00
Program Tuition: $3,000.00
Estimated Total Cost: $3,050
Costs are approximate and subject to change without notice. Estimates are based on the candidacy fee, course fees, and estimated textbook fees, but do not include additional expenses such as parking.
*This program is open admission. The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you to access a variety of program benefits.