The Sonoran desert preserve of the campus at Taliesin West with Camelback Mountain
Students photographing their models for the Advanced Design Studio
The rolling hills of Southwestern Wisconsin grace the Taliesin campus
Box Project midpoint review. Photo Jillian Brooks.
Desert shelter remodeled by Christopher Gritzmacher.
The Taliesin education provides the foundations for creative, cooperative, and independent persons in architecture through active experiential learning.
The Admissions Team evaluates the applicant’s aptitude for the study of architecture, as well as creative ability and potential. Assessment and evaluation of each application by the Admissions Team is made upon the basis of the complete application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application is sufficiently documented to illustrate academic achievement, work experience, and creative potential.
Application deadline for January 2014:
November 13, 2013
Application deadlines for Fall 2014:
January 22, 2014 - Early Decision
March 20, 2014 - Regular Decision
June 12, 2014 - Wait List
Contact the Admissions Office with any questions regarding these dates.
Applications may be submitted prior to completion of prerequisite coursework and/or graduation from high school or university.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit either of our campuses, Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona (year round), or Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin (May-October). A meeting with a School representative can often be arranged with advance request.
For information about tuition and financial aid, click here.
Questions throughout the application process are always welcome:
Office of Admissions
PO Box 4430
Scottsdale, AZ 85261-4430
1. Request the School Bulletin and view the Application Form here.
2. Read the Bulletin carefully. Feel free to contact the Admissions Office with questions at
3. Applicants must complete applications and mail them to the Director of Admissions. The materials to be included in the application are as follows:
- Application Form - filled out completely and signed
- $50 Application Fee
- Transcripts - High School and College
- Biographical Essay and Statement of Purpose
- Three Letters of Reference
- Portfolio - evidence of design and creative work, 8-1/2" x 11,” bound.
Applicants may submit all materials together or separately. An application will not be evaluated until all materials are received.
4. The Admissions Team will review completed applications and determine if the applicant is eligible for a personal interview. Personal Interviews are conducted either in person or via telephone, and are scheduled with the Director of Admissions Office. No admission decisions are made or announced during the interview.
5. Notification of the Admissions Committee's decision is made shortly after the interview.
6. Arrival dates for new students are assigned by the Dean and the Arrival Coordinator. Interest in the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture often exceeds the School's resources and facilities, therefore placement is awarded on a comparative basis. The School reserves the right to deny admission to applicants even though they may nominally meet the entrance requirements. Enrollment is presently maintained at 32 students.
Students entering the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree program must have high school graduation or equivalent.
Both the M.Arch and BAS programs require satisfactory completion of the following postsecondary coursework with a grade of C (2.0) or above:
Physics: 3 or 4 credit hours
Chemistry or Biology: 3 or 4 credit hours
Calculus: 3 credit hours
English Composition: 3 credit hours
Humanities: 3 credit hours
US History or World History: 3 credit hours
Psychology or Anthropology: 3 credit hours
Art, Drawing, and Design: 6 credit hours (two courses)
Applicants who are deficient in one of the above courses may be accepted on the condition that they complete coursework while enrolled at Taliesin. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that current transcripts documenting any courses in progress at the time of admission or conditional admission, are sent to the Admissions Office.
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications prior to completion of prerequisite coursework and/or graduation from their high school or university.
International Students: English speaking and writing proficiency for applicants whose native language in not English, may be asked to submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination with a minimum score of 550, and/or can show evidence of having passed the TSE (Test of Spoken English).
Students from outside the United States have always been welcome as a key participants in the intellectual and cultural life at Taliesin. All newly accepted international students are required by the U.S. of Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to submit proof of ability to fund their full term of attendance prior to issuance of I-20 forms. Persons entering the program should plan on a minimum of three years of attendance, although actual enrollment may be less based on academic progress.
International students may request financial aid after their first year of attendance by providing documentation of need and merit.
Students graduating from the School's BAS degree program wishing to enter the M.Arch program must signify their intention to apply for admission within three months of their BAS graduation date to the Director of Admissions. In addition they must follow application procedures as directed by the Admissions Office. Evaluation for admission into the M.Arch program is made on a comparative basis; the School reserves the right to deny admission into the M.Arch program to students who may nominally meet the entry requirements. All students are subject to current tuition rates at the time of entry to the M.Arch program.
For information about tuition and financial aid, click here.
To request an application form and receive additional information on the School, click here.