Graphics with R

Course description

Requirements: Programming skills with R, e.g. course Introduction to R and additional practice.

Your profit: The participants will be taught how to build advanced graphics with R. This includes highly customized figures and different formats of output documentation. All topics are accompanied with hands-on exercises.

Topics: This course on customizing R output covers two different parts:

  • Modifying base R graphics: This includes font modification, customization of axes, adding multiple layers to one graphic and arranging multiple figures to one graphic (layout).
  • Introduction to ggplot2: The R package ggplot2 provides a different “grammar” of building figures with R. It is convenient for complex self-contained figures. The course covers the basic principles of using ggplot2.
  • Remark: This course has been renamed from the course “Advanced Graphics with R”.  The topic "RMarkdown" of the former day 3 is now considered in an extra course RMarkdown.

Methods: The course consists of lessons how to work with graphics in R and of hands-on examples with best-practice solutions.
During the Corona-pandemic the course is held as an online course. Please consider the following constraints:

  • It will be held online via the software Zoom.
  • Please check before hand on whether your computer is compatible with the tool. (No registration necessary, but you have to download some tools)
  • A stable internet connection is absolutely necessary, optimal would be a LAN access.
  • You do NOT need to have a microphone or camera, since we offer a written chat interaction from your side. However, having a camera and a microphone is advantageous.

Duration: 2 Days 

Language: English


  • Material for the course can be found here* (only for HMGU staff).
  • Please install the necessary R-packages prior to the course. The packages are listed in "Material_GraphicsR.html" which is part of the linked ZIP-folder.
  • Please be aware that the materials will be updated shortly before the next course.

Dates and Application: You can check the current dates and whether the courses are already fully booked here*.
Please apply via the forms of the HR Development department*


 * Links marked with * are only available for HMGU staff.