Explore visual analytics concepts though lectures, discussions, group mini-projects and extensive hands-on use of tools. Students will be assessed on an assignment and a final exam. *Getting >75% on both the assignment and exam is a pre-requisite for the capstone project.
Students who successfully complete the workshop series can work on a project where the basics learned in the workshops can be applied. Students will be assessed on a portfolio + 750-1500-word write-up AND an oral presentation at the end of the term. The students' performance will be assessed by a review panel. The portfolio can be used to showcase your skills along with your CV.
Once the portfolio + write-up and presentation have been approved by the review panel, you earn a certificate of recognition as a Junior Visual Analyst. Junior Visual Analysts will be 1) recommended by VIVA when companies approach us for analysts to hire, and 2) recommended for nominations for the Andrew Wade Memorial Scholarship (SFU) and the Andrew Wade Memorial Award (UBC).
Baiaman Urmatbek (Andrew Wade VA Program Alumni, UBC)
During the program I acquired a lot of technical skills, which helped me later at my job at LocalSphere as a digital analyst. Therefore, I highly recommend VIVA for any student or professional who wants to become a competent visual analyst.
Leah Macfadyen, Evaluation and Learning Analytics (UBC Faculty of Arts)
VIVA students and RAs have been fantastic ‘brain extensions’ for me in the last few years. They’ve researched and launched a range of new Learning Analytics/VA projects in Arts that I otherwise wouldn’t have had the time and/or skills to work on, and they’ve taught me new skills, too.
Minhaj Samsudeen (Analyst at Vancouver Coastal Health)
[After completing the workshop series] I did a work term with INETCO though VIVA and it was a great learning experience. I was able to apply computer science skills (databases and coding) and VA skills.
Conny Lin (Research Scientist at Fit Brains)
[VIVA's students have] offered different perspectives in visualizing data, helped with interpretation, [and] helped with doing analysis.
Leona Lau (Andrew Wade VA Program Alumni, UBC)
VIVA has helped me set up a stronger foundation for interpreting and communicating information.
Alexander Rivlin (Andrew Wade VA Program Alumni, UBC)
I enjoyed learning practical skills and getting to see them put to use in an industry environment. I found it beneficial having people there to help me if I got stuck or point me in a general direction. I hope to use the skills I learned in future endeavors and would definitely recommend the program to anyone considering a future in data science.