Drone Videography Certificate Intensive


All students who finish this program will receive a signed certificate of completion verifying their participation in the program.

This two-day certificate intensive is designed to give you the knowledge and practical experience necessary to capture professional-quality aerial video with a DJI-brand drone.

Program Description

Dramatically enhance your video productions with beautiful aerial video! In this two-day intensive, you'll learn how to fly a drone, learn how to get the very best results and have plenty of time to practice with guidance from our expert instructor who shoots over 200 projects every year!

Drones are everywhere these days and the technology is very advanced! As a result, cinematographers need the knowledge and skills to shoot professional looking drone video in order to stay competitive.

This is a great way to learn how to shoot professional drone video in just two days rather than struggling to learn on your own and damaging your equipment as you make avoidable mistakes. Gaining a solid understanding of flying basics and learning piloting best practices will ensure that you capture the caliber of footage that you need for your productions.

When done right, you'll be amazed at the shots you can capture that were previously reserved just for big budget Hollywood films! Please keep in mind that the certificate you receive from Boulder Digital Arts at the end of the class is a "Certificate of Completion" from Boulder Digital Arts and not any kind of FAA certification.

Who Should Take This Class

This class is designed for beginners with some video production experience who want to learn how to fly a drone to capture incredible aerial video from an expert. However, even experienced drone operators will gain valuable insights and tips!


Saturday - Introduction to Drone Operation and Videography

9am - noon: classroom

  • Introduction and flight basics
  • Learning DJI specific capabilities
  • Proper aircraft maintenance
  • Introduction to the DJI GO app used for piloting your drone
  • Applicable laws and regulations, safety tips and registering your drone
  • Tips on how to deal with suspicious or concerned onlookers
  • Preparing to capture quality aerial media

noon - 1:30pm: lunch break

1:30pm - 5pm: flight practice

  • Tips, tricks, and drills on how to improve your flying
  • One-on-one flight time with the instructor
  • Allotted time for debugging your specific issues or questions
  • Time to meet, engage, and fly with other enthusiasts and film makers

Sunday - Intermediate Drone Videography

9am - noon: classroom

  • Learn how to capture smooth and dynamic aerial imagery
  • learn how to capture shots ranging from beginner to expert level
  • See specific examples of quality shots which you can use at your next shoot
  • Learn how and when to use a dual-operator setup
  • Tips and techniques to get the best video from your drone's camera
  • Learn specific editing techniques to improve how your footage is delivered

noon - 1:30pm: lunch break

1:30pm - 5pm: flight practice

  • Rehearse and master common shots/movements
  • Learn and practice specific shots only possible with the DJI GO app
  • One-on-one flight time with the instructor
  • Review flight footage with the instructor to pin-point areas of improvement
  • Allotted time for debugging your specific issues or questions


The class will focus on DJI brand quadcopters (Phantom and Inspire mostly) since they are, by a large margin, the market leaders in video drones so it's the tool you're most likely to be using in a professional video setting. Also, by having all the students using similar drones, we can ensure that everyone is learning at the required pace and nobody is distracted by the subtle differences between the various drones. In addition, the class will be focused specifically on the DJI GO app. However, please note that even though the class is focused on capturing professional-level video with a DJI quadcopter, the information and techniques you'll learn apply to all brands of quadcopters.

If you'd like to participate in the hands-on portions of the class, you'll need to bring your own drone & let us know at time of registration exactly what model of drone you are planning to use. To prepare, you must have:

  1. Your own DJI drone, batteries and charger
  2. Your own iPad, Tablet, or Smart Phone & charger
  3. Downloaded and install the DGI Go App

If you don't own a drone, they can be rented from several vendors including the following:

Please note: BDA and the instructor are not responsible for ANY damage caused by the instructor, staff, students, location, or others.


Tyler BrennanTyler Brennan is one of Colorado's most experienced aerial videographers. Tyler has over a decade of experience competitively flying R/C aircraft, five years of experience in video production, and is also an experienced drone racer who will soon compete on the national level. He has over 3,500 R/C flights to his record, and is extremely experienced with the DJI Phantom, DJI Inspire 1, DJI S800, and DJI S900 flight platforms.

Some of Tyler's Recent Work


The morning part of each day will take place in the BDA classroom the afternoon flying sessions will take place at a nearby indoor facility within 3 miles of BDA. Students will be notified a few days in advance of the class regarding the exact indoor location. Daily schedule is subject to change based on weather, etc.

BDA Members


BDA Members: $449.00

Non-Members: $479.00

Available Dates

Sorry, we don't have this event scheduled right now but we'll probably be adding it again soon! If you're interested in this event, we recommend using our follow feature to be notified the next time we add it to our schedule. You can also email us to request that we add it soon.

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Optional Payment Plan for Certificate Programs:

We want to make our training as accessible as possible so we offer a simple payment plan for our Certificate Programs. For classes that are $400 - $998, each of the two payments is simply 50% of the total cost of the Certificate Program or "bundle" with no finance charges or other costs. For classes that are $999+, each of the four payments is simply 25% of the total cost of the Certificate Program or "bundle" with no finance charges or other costs. BDA membership is required to obtain a payment plan. Click here to learn about membership. The first payment will be taken at the time of registration and the remaining payments are paid once a month for the following three months. Details the payment amounts for this particular program are listed in the table below.

It's easy to take advantage of this option and we encourage you to sign up early since these programs often fill up fast! If you're interested, don't register online. Instead, please contact BDA staff at 303-800-4647 or email us with the name and start date of the class you wish to attend (info@boulderdigitalarts.com) and we'll get you setup, take your first payment, and confirm your registration.


Payment Program Details

  Payment Amount
Payment 1
Paid at time of registration.
Payment 2
Due one month after registration.
Note: you must be a BDA member to take advantage of our payment plans. Registrants using the payment plan are not eligible for any early registration discounts and always pay the standard registration fee ($449.00).