Application Process

Application Form

Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture only accepts applications submitted via email with a hard copy of a portfolio. Required sections include personal information, educational history, and personal statement. A current photograph is also required. Once you have completed the application forms to your satisfaction, you should submit your application. Please note that once submitted, you will not be able to make changes to your application. Please download all application materials here: Application Packet 2016-17

Supporting Materials

Materials not submitted via email should be directed to:

Office of Admissions

Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd

Scottsdale, Arizona 85259


Application Fee

An application fee of $50 USD, which is non-refundable and not applicable toward any other fees, is required via check, money order, credit card or wire transfer payable to Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and sent to the address above. Please make sure that your name and entry date are clearly specified with the payment. Applications received without the fee will not be processed. Application fees are subject to change.


A portfolio of creative work must be submitted. The portfolio should reflect your level of creative ability. The portfolio for Master of Architecture should include architectural projects when appropriate or creative work in other media such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, furniture design, or photography. The portfolio should also consist of creative work in the realm of human experience.

The portfolio may be submitted electronically or  hard copy. All work must be printed, and the portfolio should be no larger than 8.5″ x 14″ (216 x 356 mm). Do not include the original artwork. Digital files, slides, videos and other media will not be considered. Portfolios will not be returned.


Applicants must provide an unofficial transcript, mark sheet, or academic record for each institution of higher education previously attended, even those that did not confer a degree. All transcripts must include a key, legend, or back copy of the transcript. Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation provided by recognized credential evaluation service. Scans must be clear and legible, and all transcripts/records should include the student’s name. Transcripts provided with the application are considered unofficial and will be used for evaluation purposes only.

Any admission offers will be contingent on receiving and verifying all official transcripts, certified translations, and/or credential evaluations pertaining to the applicant’s entire post-secondary academic career, prior to the registration deadline.

Post-acceptance, official transcripts must arrive in the envelope, sealed and stamped by the Registrar’s office. If the official transcript does not include the conferral date of baccalaureate degree, please request an official copy of the diploma or provisional certificate as well. Transcripts (and diplomas) not in English must be accompanied by a translation and evaluation provided by a credential evaluation service.

Any fraudulent activity or discrepancies found between unofficial and official transcripts will result in the immediate revocation of the admission offer.

Personal Statement/Essay

In 1000 words or less describe your interest in your chosen program of study and your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree. The personal statement should be provided with the application. The personal statement is your way of introducing yourself to the Admissions Committee and is one of several credentials that will determine your eligibility for admission. The essay should also discuss your interests, passions, constructions, and involvements.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

A resume of academic and employment information, awards, honors, etc.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters are required from persons familiar with the applicant’s intellectual and design abilities. At least one should be from a teacher/professor that has worked with the applicant in an academic setting. The recommend-er will complete the recommendation in the school provided forms and must be submitted by the published application deadline. Reference Letters Templates can be downloaded here: Reference Letter


Applicants are required to complete an admissions interview with the Admissions Committee, preferably in person. Should applicants be unable to complete in person, Skype can be utilized but only as a last resort.


Admitted applicants to the M Arch program are required to have completed one semester of both college-level calculus and physics before beginning graduate studies, preferably with grades of B or better. If these courses are to be taken after the application deadline, indicate in your essay where and when the courses will be taken. Failure to successfully complete the courses before the fall semester will result in automatic deferral. Additionally, students should feel comfortable with computers and computer-related technology : Students will be expected to start the program with an awareness of current versions of design software (AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Rhino, Sketch up) and basic graphic design skills: color theory, fonts, and 2D layout. Students lacking these skills are highly encouraged and may be asked to partake in the 8 week Immersion Experience in order to gain proficiency prior to the fall semester.


International Students

International applicants whose native language is not English will be asked to submit the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Minimum Test Scores Accepted:

IELTS: 7.3


Reading 21

Listening 22

Speaking 25

Writing 24

Overall: 92


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.  Immediate family members joining the community will also need to prove sufficient funds. Persons entering the program should plan on a minimum of three years of attendance.