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.
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
Applying for 2019?
Read our advice on how to submit a portfolio if you are applying during Clearing
Applying for a place in 2020?
Online portfolio advice
When you apply, you will be asked for an online portfolio of 15–20 images. We are looking for evidence of ideas in any format (paintings, drawings, sketchbooks), backed up by a broad range of skills showing how you generate and develop ideas, and that you are passionate and inquisitive about the subject.
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 please 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.
What are we looking for in applicants? What should I include in my portfolio?
We are looking for independent, highly motivated and creative students. As with your online submission we search for evidence of exploration and risk-taking, via preparatory drawings and studies as well as finished pieces. Your folio should be centred on work that you are actively interested in as an artist, and we hope you will be able to tell us more about these interests when we meet. Show us you are self-motivated and have a clear enthusiasm for Fine Art Painting; we are not just looking for evidence of talent, but also of hard work. We want to know that you are able to critically reflect on your development, have independent thought, and a growing understanding of issues related to your ideas. We are also looking for applicants with a strong leaning towards painting, but supporting work in other media can show us that you have an open attitude to learning. Evidence of painting and drawing skills are important.