Drone Cinematography in San Diego

From Toys to Full-Fledged Career - get ready to test for your certified amateur drone pilot's license

Summer drone training program for teens located on a university campus in San Diego

Program Highlights

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.
Film, edit, and create your own video project using footage you shoot from various drone flying activities either individually or in teams.
Take and pass The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST).
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Session 1:
July 9, 2023 July 21, 2023

Session 2:
July 23, 2023 August 4, 2023


UC San Diego
San Diego, CA

Course Overview

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.

Topics you'll explore

Hands-On Learning

The drone market is changing and growing at a rapid pace. During this program, you will gain experience with actual flight operations and maneuverability in an open field, as well as discover the impact drones are having on film. With the technical capabilities and high quality of video, drones are an excellent tool for filming and taking video. Each student will have access to their own Tello, a mini drone that makes flying fun and easy.

hands-on drone activity

Career Exploration

What started as a fun hobby is now one of the fastest growing industries. Gain hands-on drone operations experience and work with a professional drone pilot to learn skills used at large companies such as Amazon, UPS and AT&T. In fact, Amazon Amazon plans to deploy 450,000 drones by 2020! Test flights are already being conducted by Amazon in the US and in the UK. Excursions may include a drone delivery testing facility or drone research center.

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