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This Cartography course is a Diploma program accredited by KNEC.

  • Diploma
  • 3 years
  • Urban Studies and Planning

In our modern age of interconnectedness, the importance of accurate geographical representation cannot be overstated. From aiding disaster relief efforts to enabling efficient urban planning, cartography lies at the heart of understanding and navigating our complex world. As technology continues to advance, the field of cartography evolves alongside it, offering a blend of traditional techniques and cutting-edge methodologies. At the forefront of this dynamic discipline lies the Diploma in Cartography, a program designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in this crucial field.

The Art and Science of Cartography

Cartography, often described as the art, science, and technology of mapmaking, encompasses a diverse array of disciplines. Traditionally, cartographers relied on meticulous hand-drawn maps, honing their craft through years of practice and expertise. Today, however, the landscape of cartography has been revolutionized by the advent of aerial and satellite photography. These modern tools provide cartographers with unprecedented levels of accuracy and detail, allowing for the creation of maps that were previously unimaginable.

A Comprehensive Curriculum

The Diploma in Cartography program offers students a comprehensive curriculum that covers both traditional and modern methods of mapmaking. From mastering the principles of photogrammetry to understanding the intricacies of geographic information systems (GIS), students are equipped with the skills needed to thrive in this dynamic field. Courses may include:

  1. Cartographic Design: Students learn the principles of map design, including format, symbolization, and visual hierarchy.

  2. Aerial and Satellite Photogrammetry: This course delves into the process of translating photographic data into maps, utilizing aerial and satellite imagery to achieve unparalleled levels of accuracy.

  3. Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Students explore the applications of GIS in cartography, learning how to analyze spatial data and create interactive maps.

  4. Digital Mapping Techniques: This course focuses on the use of digital tools and software in modern cartography, including GIS software, remote sensing techniques, and digital mapping platforms.

  5. Fieldwork and Data Collection: Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in fieldwork and data collection, learning how to gather and validate geographic data for mapmaking purposes.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Diploma in Cartography program are well-equipped to pursue a variety of career paths in both the public and private sectors. Potential career opportunities include:

  • Cartographer: Designing and creating maps for various purposes, including navigation, urban planning, and environmental analysis.
  • GIS Specialist: Using geographic information systems to analyze spatial data and create interactive maps for a wide range of applications.
  • Remote Sensing Analyst: Utilizing aerial and satellite imagery to gather and analyze data for mapping and environmental monitoring purposes.
  • Urban Planner: Using cartographic techniques to plan and design urban spaces, taking into account factors such as population density, land use, and transportation networks.


The Diploma in Cartography offers students a unique opportunity to explore the intersection of art, science, and technology in the field of mapmaking. By combining traditional cartographic techniques with modern advancements in aerial and satellite photography, students gain the skills and knowledge needed to navigate our complex world with precision and accuracy. Whether pursuing a career in cartography, GIS, or urban planning, graduates of this program are poised to make a meaningful impact on the way we understand and interact with our environment.

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Colleges offering Cartography Diploma

Private College Uasin Gishu County Soy Constituency
Eldoret Technical Training Institute

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Public College Nairobi County Kasarani Constituency
Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development

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