Southern Connecticut State University’s Drone Academy is a five-module, non-credit program geared towards both enthusiastic hobbyists and working professionals who are interested in gaining the knowledge and skills needed for drone operation, aerial photography and videography, FAA-certification exam preparation, and computational photography and 3D mapping.
Each module is able to be completed as a stand-alone option and participants can customize the program depending on their particular areas of interest. Some modules have pre-requisites, which are listed below in the descriptions. Participants who complete all five modules will gain a strong understanding of safe drone aviation, will be prepared to successfully pass the FAA exam, will learn the best practices for making quality aerial stills and videos using Photoshop and Final Cut Pro, and learn how to use Px4d software for landscape mapping and 3D modeling.
Participants who register for all five-modules by September 19, 2020 will receive a 10% discount off the total cost.
*Coronavirus Safety Precautions*
The university is focused on ensuring a safe educational experience for everyone. As a result, the SCSU Drone Academy program has shifted to a hybrid format where some in-class sessions have been transitioned to an online format. Class modules with extensive hands-on flight time and required computer software will continue to take place on campus with proper safety precautions and social distancing in place. Please be sure to follow all health and safety recommendations to protect yourself and others.
Prior to attending each on-campus session, please be sure to monitor yourself for the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, chills/shaking, lost sense of smell/taste, and fever greater than 100.0°F. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us via the email address below and stay home. The safety of all participants is paramount and pro-rated refunds will be provided.
The university will provide face coverings and gloves to all participants which will be required to be worn at all times in campus buildings. Other locations may be added as conditions warrant. The university will ensure that students are able to maintain the recommended physical distance from others, even when face coverings and masks are in use. More information will follow as we approach the start date of the program.
Safe Drone Operator
In this 8-hour module, participants will learn the fundamentals of drone components and terminology, and will receive hands-on experience to become acquainted with the proper techniques in safe Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) flying and remote control (RC) commands. Participants will learn basic flight training and patterns, safe environmental conditions for flight, and automated drone functions. Each class will include hands-on experience with a University-owned drone.
Class Sessions – SCSU
Saturday – September 26 (8:00AM – 12:00PM)
Saturday – October 3 (8:00AM – 12:00PM)
Morrill Hall - Rooms 205 / 216 and Field Work
Drone Pilot FAA Test Preparation
In this five-hour module, the instructor will provide an overview of the material for the FAA’s “Airman Knowledge Test”. This will include the basics of legal and safe UAS flight, weather considerations, review of the National Airspace and Aeronautical Charts through lecture and online supplements, and sample questions that have been used on the FAA test. Following the conclusion of the class, each participant will receive access to supplemental materials that will help them continue preparing for the FAA test.
Class Sessions - Online
Wednesday – September 30 (6:30PM – 9:00PM)
Wednesday – October 7 (6:30PM – 9:00PM)
Morrill Hall - Rooms 205 and 216
Drone Photography and Videography – Part 1
In this six-hour module, participants will review camera controls and settings on a UAS and learn the flight techniques that will achieve the best aerial photographs and videos. UAS cameras will be compared by resolution, sensors, and settings to demonstrate different capabilities. Participants will also receive an introduction to Photoshop using provided photography and an introduction to video acquisition and Final Cut Pro software. (Pre-requisite: Safe Drone Operator or prior experience flying drones)
Saturday – October 10 (9:00AM – 12:00PM) - SCSU
Wednesday – October 14 (6:30PM – 9:30PM) - SCSU
Morrill Hall - Rooms 205/216 and Field Work
Drone Photography and Videography – Part 2
In this six-hour module, participants will learn how to capture photos, videos, and cinematic shots while performing intermediate flight techniques. Participants will learn about the camera controls and automated RC features that will allow them to enhance their aerial photography and videography. Participants will also learn more advanced skills in Photoshop and Final Cut Pro using some of the photographs and videos they have captured in class. (Pre-requisite: Drone Photography and Videography – Part 1)
Saturday – October 17 (9:00AM – 12:00PM) - SCSU
Wednesday – October 21 (6:15PM – 9:15PM) - SCSU
Morrill Hall - Rooms 205/216 and Field Work
Introduction to Landscape and 3D Modeling
In this 3-hour module, participants will be introduced to computational photography and mapping as it relates to drones - Landscape and 3D Modeling using Structure from Motion (SfM) software with imagery acquired via UAS. SfM image capture techniques, processing, and product use will be covered.
Wednesday – October 28 6:30PM – 9:30PM - Online
Morrill Hall - Room 205 and 216