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UH Moment: Drone Production Class

“It is a more complicated thing than it appears to be,”

In the middle of the field at TDECU stadium, Valenti School of Communication director Temple Northup is showing his students the hottest technology in video production.

“If you look at the media landscape right now, the use of drones has just exploded,” Northup said.

The University of Houston is helping students stay ahead of the curve by offering a class on piloting drones during the summer session.

“For all of our students it is a really important skill to have,” Northup said.

Senior Sean Arnold plans to become a cinematographer and thinks the class will better prepare him for a competitive job market.

“Maybe having this on a résumé will distinguish me from all of those other guys,” Arnold said.

In order to become a commercially licensed drone pilot, students need to pass a test from the Federal Aviation Administration. This class not only teaches students to pilot the drones but also the FAA guidelines needed to earn their license.

“It is a more complicated thing than it appears to be,” Arnold said.

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