This summer, NSCAD is set to launch a drone photography class, the first of its kind in Canada. The class is unique as it is the first university credited class in a visual arts program that is Transport Canada compliant. The class was designed in collaboration with the Canadian Drone Institute.
“My goal is to introduce drones as a tool in visual arts practice for photographers and media artists,” says Adrian Fish, Associate Professor and Chair of Media Arts at NSCAD and course creator. “As an educator, I am interested in expanding the pool of potential uses for drones in photography and push its capabilities in a creative way.”
With the successful completion of Transport Canada Ground School certification, students will be able to legally operate drones under NSCAD’s Special Flight Operating Certificate. Students will also learn common ground station interfaces and flight techniques for photographic and film-based applications.
Drones, also known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, are unmanned aircraft systems that can be remotely controlled or fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans embedded in their systems. The drones have the capability of capturing rich and dynamic aerial images and video.
About NSCAD and the Media Arts Program
NSCAD University offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary educational experience that is unlike any other art school in the country. For over 132 years, our students, faculty and staff have shared a commitment to progressive thinking and cutting-edge art, craft and design. The Media Arts program is known for producing many of Canada’s most renowned photographers, filmmakers, media artists, and technicians. NSCAD’s Media Arts Division is home to the photography, film, and expanded media major programs, along with a new minor in animation.
About Adrian Fish
Adrian Fish is a Toronto born photo-based artist and educator who holds an MFA from York University, as well as undergraduate accreditation from OCAD University in Toronto and the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, ON. His work has been shown nationally at numerous public institutions, artist-run centres and commercial galleries in cities such as Calgary, Halifax, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg, as well as internationally in Atlanta, New York, Columbus Ohio, Berlin and Tokyo. Adrian is an Associate Professor in the Division of Media Art at NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is represented by Loop Gallery in Toronto.
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