Media students learn drone skills to keep pace with industry

Media students at Nottingham Trent University have been developing new technological skills by using drones to capture aerial footage of a charity garden project for their coursework.

Using a drone was an eye-opening experience in the understanding that this technology is extremely new and a niche skill in the view of an employer.

Media student, Ben Paine

Media students at Nottingham Trent University have been developing new technological skills by using drones to capture aerial footage of a charity garden project for their coursework.

The filming was carried out as part of the Advertising, PR and Journalism module to teach students how to use the equipment, which is becoming more commonplace within the media industry.

As part of an assessed piece of work, two students went to Nottingham Trent University's Brackenhurst campus to film Flowerpod, a social enterprise which grows cut flowers, while giving people with learning disabilities meaningful activities.

Student, Ben Paine, said: "Using a drone was an eye-opening experience in the understanding that this technology is extremely new and a niche skill in the view of an employer. Being able to capture images and footage people themselves cannot physically, enables media students like myself to perform wondrous projects and generate fabulous coverage of our surroundings."

Catherine Adams, senior lecturer in Media, Communications and Society within the School of Arts and Humanities, added: "We teamed up with colleagues from the geography department who are experienced in using drones and our students used the dual control to manipulate the camera and take pictures. We intend to continue the collaboration later this year with other students, and next year, hopefully alongside geography students, to report on environmental stories such as quarrying, fracking and flooding.

"Understanding and using drones for filming is of course a very attractive skill for employers – almost any media or creative company uses drones now."

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Media students learn drone skills to keep pace with industry

Published on 1 April 2016
  • Category: Press; School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences; School of Arts and Humanities

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