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.
Read air traffic and weather reports to identify all the vital information needed to start piloting drones safely.
Dive into the capabilities of drone photography and videography, as drones are revolutionizing TV and film.
Upon program completion, receive your certified amateur drone pilot's license to fly drones legally.
flying drones

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July 24-August 5, 2022


To be held at UC San Diego
San Diego, CA

Course Overview

Drones are being sold in record numbers and taking to the skies. The FAA estimates that there would be more than 2 million drones registered by the end of 2019 in the US.

But did you know that since 2020, everyone must be certified as an amateur or professional to legally fly a drone? Students with a passion for STEM and media, should sign up for the Summer Springboard drone cinematography course for teens and ultimately receive their drone amateur pilot’s license and proper certification so that they can fly safely and legally.

Excursions in San Diego – students will visit a local drone delivery testing facility or drone research center.

Meet your instructor

Micajah Truitt

Drone CInematography Southwestern College

Micajah Truitt currently lives, teaches, and plays in San Diego, California.  He is a full-time tenured Professor of Art at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, California.  He has been there since 2002, and teaches courses in photography, digital imaging, drone photography and cinematography, and drone photogrammetry.

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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.

drone air map

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program