Creating Maps and Visualisations with ArcGIS

Strictly by pre-registration only

What is this course about?

Learn fundamental cartographic design principles and a standard workflow to produce print and online maps tailored to their purpose, medium, and intended audience. This course teaches ArcGIS Pro techniques to create and share a variety of professional-quality information products including print maps, web maps, 3D scenes, animations, and charts.

Course details


Shah Alam


3 days




Visualisation, Editing and Analysis Courses

Are there any prerequisites?

What skills will I learn?

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare data for a mapping project.
  • Design map elements that are appropriate for your data, audience, map purpose and delivery medium.
  • Apply 2D and 3D cartographic best practices to create and share print maps, web maps and 3D scenes.
  • Create animations to dynamically visualise data and change over time.

What can I expect?

  • Course topics

    Introduction to designing maps and visualisations

    • Why create maps?
    • Audience and purpose
    • ArcGIS information products
    • Design considerations
    • The cartographic workflow
    • Cartographic workflow: Planning

    Data for information products

    • Cartographic workflow: Data
    • Evaluating spatial data
    • Levels of measurement
    • Accuracy and precision
    • Sources of error
    • Scale and resolution
    • Coordinate systems
    • Generalisation techniques

    Symbolising data

    • Cartographic workflow: Symbology
    • Components of color
    • Visual variables
    • Designing symbols
    • Symbolising by attribute
    • Visualising data ranges
    • Color schemes
    • Figure-ground organisation
    • Reference and thematic maps

    Working with map text

    • Cartographic workflow: Symbology – Text
    • Working with labels and annotation
    • Text placement
    • Using text to create visual hierarchy
    • Visual variables for text symbols
    • Type basics for cartography

    Print maps layouts

    • Cartographic workflow: Layout and output
    • Creating a pattern of reading
    • Map elements 
    • Map description
    • Map scale
    • Map orientation
    • Visual balance and hierarchy in print maps

    Design considerations for web maps

    • Web maps
    • Web maps versus print maps
    • Audience and purpose
    • Devices and software
    • Cartography and user experience
    • Predominance web maps

    Publishing web maps for multiple devices

    • Projections in web maps
    • Map scales and symbol sizes
    • Tile layers
    • Web map symbology
    • Configuring pop-ups

    Creating 3D scenes

    • Functional surfaces
    • Why use 3D?
    • Web scenes
    • Global and local 3D scenes
    • Scene styles
    • Elements of a 3D scene
    • Surfaces
    • Features
    • 3D text and labelling
    • Scene surrounds and effects
    • Challenges with 3D

    Visualising data using charts

    • When to use charts, maps or both
    • Why use charts?
    • Using charts in information products
    • Visualise data using charts
    • Types of charts


    • Types of animation in ArcGIS
    • Animation components
    • What makes an animation effective?
    • Dynamic visual variables

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