We are looking for highly motivated and creative students. We will primarily be interested in your portfolio and will select via a personal interview. If your predicted grades fall below these requirements but you can demonstrate a high-quality portfolio, you are still encouraged to apply. We will consider you on an individual basis.
A foundation diploma is not a requirement for entry – it is just one of a range of qualifications (for example, BTEC or Access Diploma) that is accepted for admission to this course.
A-levels or BTEC
Entry requirements are in the range of A-level AAB–BBC (136–112 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DDD–DDM. Our conditional offers typically fall within this range.
We will generally make you an offer if your predicted grades are at the top of this range. If your predicted grades are towards the lower end of this range we may still make you an offer if you have a strong portfolio.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall. Art and design diploma preferred. At least 45 credits at level 3, with 24 credits at merit or above.
GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
At least three subjects including English language and maths.
may enable you to start the course in year 3. Related subjects or practical or professional experience required.
19 overall (including a 15 in mathematics)
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 a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.
Once we receive your UCAS application, we invite you to submit a digital web portfolio in support of this. We understand that at this stage you will still be undertaking key pieces of work for your studies, and we would very much like to see this work in progress. Regardless of completion, we are keen to see how you generate and work with ideas. Once we have received your portfolio, if we are able to accept your application, we will offer you an opportunity to come and meet us in Brighton, discuss your work and perhaps participate in a short design-based taster session.
What should be in my work-in-progress portfolio?
Your portfolio should include up to 20 images of your work (JPEGs or PDFs). These should include preparatory drawings and studies as well as any finished pieces you may have from previous projects/personal work. Please include the type of work you are most actively interested in pursuing. We do not necessarily expect to see architectural work, we are looking for a variety of work in different media showing your ability to experiment and utilise different techniques. Please include a good proportion of analogue (non-computer) generated work. As you will not be present in person to explain the ideas behind the work, you may wish to add a brief statement that supports the images and tells us more about your interests and ambitions.
How do I send my work-in-progress portfolio?
We recommend using an online site such as Blogger, Wordpress, Tumblr, Carbonmade, or Flickr to showcase your work as these sites can host visual imagery and accompanying text. When digitising analogue works, please be sure to take care with the photography or scanning process, make sure the digital copy is a good quality representation of the original.
Make sure that the portfolio is publicly viewable and does not require a log in or account to view. Please avoid Dropbox or other sites that are not suited for hosting visual portfolios.
Please do not send pdfs or PowerPoint files directly to us as these are normally too large and likely to bounce and delay your application review.