When you apply to Brighton we want to hear about who you are. Grades are never the whole picture; we're interested in things like creativity, resourcefulness, persistence and the capacity to think big and find new ways of doing things. And we recognise that not everyone has the same background. That's why we treat everyone who applies as an individual. We recognise many qualifications and we care about all of your achievements and the experiences you've had that set you apart.
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A-levels or BTEC
Entry requirements are in the range of A-level BBB–BCC (120–104 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.
30 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.
May enable you to start the course in year 2 or later depending on the qualification you hold and the level of your creative and practical experience.
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 a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Find out more about the other English qualifications that we accept.
Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements will be asked to submit a portfolio via a link to the work or pdf.
This portfolio should include 20 pages or images showing an informed awareness of textiles and fashion, 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.
In usual circumstances you would have the opportunity to bring a physical portfolio to interview. As we are focusing on online portfolios this year, you may wish to use our guidance for physical portfolios as inspiration on what to include:
- 15–20 drawings and ideas on A1 or A2 sheets, not mounted onto heavy card or in plastic sheets
- your ability to develop an idea from concept through a wide variety of drawing and artwork
- your potential to experiment and explore ideas and techniques through a variety of media
- examples of life drawing
- two working sketchbooks
- awareness of contemporary fashion and textiles
- consideration of colour, pattern and texture.
Find out more about how to create and submit your portfolio.