Drone Journalism Certificate

Division: Technology and Engineering


The Drone Journalism Certificate is designed to provide a sound base for students interested in drone journalism, and could lead to employment in a communications field that needs experience with drone photography and reporting. A grade of C or better is required in each course taken.  This certificate requires a total of 18-20 units.

Required Courses (16 units):
TECH 080 F Federal Aviation Administration Drone Pilot Test Preparation1
JOUR 101 FReporting and Writing3
JOUR 210 FMultimedia Reporting3
JOUR 215 FUAV and Drone Reporting3
PHOT 111 F Introduction to Photography from Analog to Digital3
ESC 105 F Introduction to Weather and Climate3
Restricted Electives (2-4 units):2-4
Digital Production and Non-Linear Editing for Video and Film3
Physical Geography3
Honors Physical Geography
Physical Geography Lab1
Advanced Reporting and Writing3
Introduction to News Media Production3
Advanced Digital Photography3
Applied Digital Photography3
Elementary Physics4
Applied Drone Lab2
Total Units18-20

Outcome 1: Demonstrate ability to pilot and land a drone aircraft safely.

Outcome 2: Compose a series of publishable photographs from a drone.

Outcome 3: Explain the legal use of drones in today's society.