Since their rise in popularity and easier and more affordable access by the average consumer, drones are being sold and taking to the skies in record numbers. But did you know that U.S. law now requires specific certification or documentation for anyone who wishes to fly drones? You must either obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or - for those wishing to fly drones generally just for fun - take and pass The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST).

Summer Springboard's Drone Cinematography course on the campus of UCSD will combine your passion for drone flying with cinematography. Our course will ultimately provide you with the proper documentation and certification you need to be able to fly safely and legally, with your passion for photography and videography.

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Learning Outcomes in this course

Gain experience with drone operations, maneuverability, and actual flight operations in an open field.

Learn about the various Air Traffic Control (ATC) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and restrictions - such as airspace, altitude, and other vital information - to be able to pilot drones safely and legally.

Explore the capabilities and possibilities of drone photography and videography, which are revolutionizing TV and film.

Upon program completion, receive your certified amateur drone pilot license to fly drones legally.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program