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Drone Mapping, Photography & Videography

MwD is a simple yet in-depth course for new professionals and amateur drone pilots that want to learn the basics of aerial photography, videography, and mapping. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), also known as drones, provide high spatial resolution, mobility, and exceptional photographic quality, lending themselves to various aerospace applications for industry. Professionals in the fields of Construction, Agriculture, Surveying, Public Safety, Real Estate, Photography, and more will benefit from this hands-on, application-intensive, introductory course. Participants in this course will gain the confidence and skills to explore the world of drone technology beyond the classroom. In accordance with FAA regulations for operating drones, students must be at least 16 years old; able to read, write, speak, and understand English; and be in a physical and mental condition to safely fly a drone.

** This is NOT an FAA Part 107 preparation class **

Learning Objectives:

  • Flight planning
  • Safety considerations
  • Preparing a drone for flight
  • Manual, semi-Autonomous, and autonomous flight characteristics
  • Airborne photography & videography
  • Selecting & pairing mapping software and drone hardware
  • Planning a mapping flight
  • Monitoring a mapping flight
  • Uploading data for processing
  • Exploring mapped data

Enterprise Use Cases

  • Construction

  • Agriculture

  • Surveying

  • Energy

  • Public Safety

  • Inspection

  • Real Estate

  • Manual & Autonomous Flight

  • Photography & Videography

  • Flight Planning

  • Mapping – 2D & 3D

  • Elevation & Plant Health


Rose State College offers an sUAS Mapping micro-credential that is endorsed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSHRE). The sUAS Mapping micro-credential combines the Drone Mapping, Photography & Videography course with two stackable certificates as shown below, demonstrating the skills-focused professional development and experiential learning activities necessary for the safe, legal operation of drones in various professional applications.

  • Drone Mapping, Photography & Videography course (2-day, in-person)
  • DroneDeploy Academy, Certified Analyst (earned within 3 months of class, online, cost included with class)
  • FAA Part 107 certification (earned prior to or within 6 months of class via the FAA)

Students who complete all three requirements and earn the sUAS Mapping micro-credential are eligible for reimbursement of the class fee using OSHRE micro-credential scholarship funds and could be eligible for reimbursement of their FAA Part 107 testing fee. Additionally, the associated sUAS Mapping digital badge can be easily added to a LinkedIn profile via Credly to display industry-relevant skills.

The sUAS Mapping micro-credential is the first-of-its-kind in the state of Oklahoma, and Rose State College is continuing to grow their sUAS programs in support of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission UAS program goals. Starting in Spring 2023, Rose State will offer a three credit-hour, 16-week academic class (Introduction to UAS Operations) that combines all three aspects of the sUAS Mapping micro-credential: FAA Part 107 preparation, DroneDeply Certified Analyst, and intermediate-level aerial photography and videography.




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Sample Images from Drone Mapping Software