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.


For additional information about the School, please email the Office of Admissions.

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.

Fall 2016 application deadline extended to May 1, 2016

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
Taliesin West
PO Box 4430
Scottsdale, AZ 85261-4430

Request an application form and receive additional information on the School.

1. Download the School and view the Application materials here.

2. Read the materials carefully. Feel free to contact the Admissions Office with questions at, or call us at (480) 627-5345.

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
 - use the credit card authorization form, or send a check
- Transcripts - All attended College
s or Universities
- Biographical Essay
- Statement of Purpose

- Resume
 / CV
- Three Letters of Recommendation on provided form

- 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 in person. Interviews 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 after the interview.

6. Interest in the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture often exceeds the School's resources and facilities. Therefore, placement is awarded on a competitive basis. The School reserves the right to deny admission to applicants even though they may nominally meet the entrance requirements.

Students entering the Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program must have an undergraduate degree from a program accredited by a regional accrediting body or their international equivalent.

The M.Arch program requires satisfactory completion of the following postsecondary coursework at an accredited institution with a grade of C (2.0) or above:

Physics 3
Chemistry or Biology 3
Calculus, Pre-calculus or multiple higher math courses 3
English Composition 3
Humanities course 3
U.S. History or World History 3
Psychology, Anthropology, or Sociology 3
Art, Drawing, and Design 6
Additional general education courses 12
Total Credit Hours 39

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.

Students from outside the United States have always been welcome as a key participants in the intellectual and cultural life at Taliesin.

International applicants whose native language in not English will be asked to submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination with Intermediate level scores as follows:

Reading 18
Listening 15
Speaking 18
Writing 17

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 Institutional Scholarship Aid after their first year of attendance by providing documentation of need and merit.

For information about tuition and financial aid, click here.

For additional information about the School, please email the Office of Admissions.