Combine your education and experience in science, engineering and technology with world-class filmmaking skills that will enable you to create accurate, innovative and exciting content to help the world better understand science.
Science and Natural History Filmmaking – Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Students within the graduate Science and Natural History Filmmaking program at Montana State are given the tools and opportunities to tell the story of science through the dynamic medium of cinematography and filmmaking. After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree, students in the program have had their work broadcast on many major channels and programs such as and won some of the industry’s top awards, from EMMYS to Fulbright Scholarships.
Graduates of the Science and Natural Filmmaking MFA program include Sasha Joseph Neulinger, whose recent feature-length documentary Rewind about childhood sexual abuse made its debut on the PBS program Independent Lens with rave reviews from the New York Times, Esquire Magazine, Rogerebert.com and Rotten Tomatoes, amongst other outlets.
Science and Natural History Filmmaking students have documented the work of explorers and scientists on every continent in the world.
Connect with the Best
MFA students link with the close wildlife filmmaking community around Bozeman. All MFA students must also work at one or more production internships during their time at Montana State.
Simply the Finest
Montana State’s Science and Natural History Filmmaking program is the largest and best known of only three programs in the world dedicated to this unique and rewarding field of filmmaking.
Fund Your Education
The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the School of Film & Photography and Graduate School offer includes:
Additionally, students with strong preparation in science fields may find assistantships in the relevant science departments on campus, as well.
Learn By Doing
Science and Natural History Filmmaking students have enjoyed such opportunities as:
- Having their work broadcast on many major channels and programs such as The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, The Science Channel, CNN, Sixty Minutes II, Larry King, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News and more.
- Winning some of the industry’s top awards including EMMYS, been awarded Fulbright scholarships, a Fred Rogers Scholarship from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Webby awards and many other honors.
Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Science and Natural History FIlmmaking program is no different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the Science and Natural History FIlmmaking program. This includes any additional deadlines that the School of Film & Photography may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.