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GIS and Program Design

As location-based data becomes ubiquitous in our society, employers are recognizing the importance of mapping, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), statistics and visualization, as well as effective design. Spatial data requires special considerations for use and mapping is transforming how we communicate and interpret data.

Pratt Institute has created a modernized GIS and Design program, through its Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI). Our Program teaches students to analyze spatial data, develop technical mapping skills, and apply visual design principles to their practice by learning both traditional, robust analytical software along with the latest interactive tools and coding skills. This, along with a heavy emphasis on design, enables students to make compelling, data-driven maps and visualizations to solve real-world problems.

Our certificate program teaches students how to acquire and create data for use in various projects. Proper assessment of spatial data quality is a core component of the Program. Using software like Esri’s ArcGIS and QGIS, students learn many of the powerful tools available for transforming spreadsheets into stylized maps and creative graphics.

Increasingly, there are many tools for sharing GIS products on the web and through mobile applications. Our certificate program courses examine the principles of design for the web, interactive design, and the technical underpinnings of online mapping using Carto and Mapbox, among others. With expertise in the programming languages JavaScript, Python and R, students learn to build dynamic, web-based maps, mobile apps, and methods for incorporating graphic data into websites and blogs.

SAVI


CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS

For more information on certificate requirements, please contact prostudy@pratt.edu.

Summary of Required Core Courses - Pratt Brooklyn

XSAVI-810 – PROGRAMMING FOR GIS
XSAVI 805 – ADVANCED GIS
XSAVI-851 – PRACTICUM OR INDEPENDENT STUDY

Core Courses

Spring 2020

 

PROGRAMMING FOR GIS
XSAVI-810

Learn how to uniquely program and unlock the potential of geospatial scripting and programming with Python. Python is one of the most popular, user-friendly and in-demand programming languages for Geospatial applications. Move beyond the out-of-the-box capabilities of ArcGIS by learning how to automate lengthy GIS processes, create custom/shareable tools and scripts, synthesize data and apply geoprocessing in ways that reduce manual overhead and help iterate and generate new insights more quickly. We’ll introduce you to Python and then dive into ArcPy and other useful data and geospatial Python libraries for data science/data carpentry (pandas), interacting with API’s for applications such as geocoding (geopy) and data retrieval (US Census API), as well as creating mapping applications on Carto (CartoDB) programmatically with the carto-python library.

SECTION 01:
INSTRUCTOR: DANIEL SHEEHAN
MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS | MARCH 23–MAY 11, 2020 | 6:30–9:30 PM
15 SESSIONS | 4.5 CEUs | $1,500
PRATT BROOKLYN

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ADVANCED GIS
XSAVI-805

Advanced GIS will present you with sophisticated and powerful spatial analysis tools. This course focuses on expansive analytical projects using vector and raster data in GIS modeling, network analysis, density analysis, and 3D environments. Students will also learn exploratory data analysis and be introduced to spatial statistics. Tools include GeoDa and ArcGIS extensions such as Network, Spatial, 3D, and Geostatistical Analyst.

Prerequisite: XSAVI 700 and XSAVI 701 or comparable experience level.

SECTION 01:
INSTRUCTOR: CAN SUCUOGLU
TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS | JANUARY 30–MARCH 19, 2020 | 6:30–9:30 PM
15 SESSIONS | 4.5 CEUs | $1,500
PRATT BROOKLYN

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PRACTICUM OR INDEPENDENT STUDY
XSAVI-851

Apply your new GIS and design expertise in a professional setting while developing new skills and building your network through on-site participation. Or, perform a larger individual research project under the guidance of a Pratt Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (SAVI) staff member. This is a chance for a deep dive into a topic,project, or community-based organization and provides an opportunity for a meaningful contribution to your certificate program final portfolio. For more information, please contact Jessie Braden at savi@pratt.edu.

Prerequisite: At least three GIS and Design certificate program courses should be completed prior to your practicum.

SECTION 01:
INSTRUCTOR: CASE WYSE
WEEKS OF MARCH 2–MAY 12, 2020 
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $815
PRATT BROOKLYN

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