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 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.
26 points, with three subjects at Higher level.
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.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and at least 5.5 in the other elements.
Portfolio and interview advice
We are looking for independent, self-motivated, and creative individuals who are keen to experiment and expand their fine art knowledge through practical making and thinking. We seek evidence of curiosity about and commitment to fine art and are looking for students who are able to discuss fine art work and critically reflect on their own and others work. The Fine Art course welcomes students whose work embraces different fine art branches, processes, materials and contexts but also students who are keen to expand and deepen their knowledge of specific fine art forms.
What should I include in my portfolio?
You should prepare an online portfolio of 15–20 pieces that specifically reflect your interest in joining the Fine Art course and that show evidence of your creative process. Your enthusiasm can be evidenced in any branch of fine art, and your portfolio should demonstrate self-motivated investigations and include independent projects in addition to examples of work resulting from set briefs. How you research and critically reflect on topics within sketchbooks and through preparatory studies is as important as providing examples of your completed artworks. Your portfolio should focus on work that you are actively interested in, and we look forward to you telling us more about these interests when we meet.
You will be asked to present your portfolio of actual work in an individual interview. During the interview, we hope to gain an impression of you as an individual, your artistic interests and your personal and professional aspirations. The interview will normally be between yourself, one member of staff and one current student. Interviews last around 20 minutes. The interview is also a chance for you to ask us more about the course, so think carefully about what you might want to know and give yourself enough time in your visit to look around the studios and talk to our students.