A-levels or BTEC
Entry requirements are in the range of A-level BBB–CCC (120–96 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DDM–MMM. Our conditional offers typically fall within this range. We are looking for highly motivated and creative students. We will consider you on an individual basis. Your portfolio is the most important and mandatory part of your application. If your predicted or actual grades fall below the range below but you can evidence your thinking, ideas and abilities through a high-quality portfolio we will still consider your application.
Art foundation diploma
Pass. A foundation diploma is not a requirement for entry – it is just one of a range of qualifications that is accepted for admission to this course.
Access to HE diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall. Art and design courses preferred. At least 45 credits at level 3, and 30 credits must be at merit or above.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
At least English language and maths.
Studied before or got relevant experience?
A qualification, HE credits or relevant experience may count towards your course at Brighton, and could mean that you do not have to take some elements of the course or can start in year 2 or 3.
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and at least 5.5 in the other elements
Portfolio and interview advice
Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements will be asked to submit a sample portfolio via Flickr for pre-selection. This sample portfolio should include 20 pages or images showing an informed awareness of fashion and textiles, a good understanding of drawing, composition, form, proportion and colour, as well as three to five pages that show an understanding of visual research and the design process.
Applicants who show potential in the sample portfolio are invited to interview to which they will be required to bring a full portfolio.
Interview and portfolio
A strong portfolio will include and expand on all of the above, plus demonstrate an experimental and enquiring approach to different media, include a substantial body of experimental work in 2D and 3D, have a personal identity to the work which demonstrates creative potential for fashion design. Include at least two good sketchbooks which show your design development process.
The interview process has three parts: portfolio review by two academic staff, a short written questionnaire which assesses your fashion knowledge and awareness, and the face-to-face interview.
Applicants will be taken on a tour of the department by student ambassadors. This is a chance to see the studios and working environment and to ask our students questions to get an understanding of the course from a student perspective.