Barnsley had the better of a dour encounter but could not find a cutting edge as Brighton's poor form continued.
The visitors had spurned an excellent chance just before half-time as Ashley Barnes headed off target but Barnsley had the better of the second period.
The Yorkshire side pressed hard as Jim O'Brien's drive was saved by David Gonzalez and Craig Davies's instinctive volley flashed wide.
John Stones headed over Barnsley's last chance from six yards.
Barnsley, who finished fourth from bottom, gathered enough points during the first half of the campaign to stave off relegation but they have finished the season with a whimper.
Brighton's play-off hopes nosedived last month and they have mustered only one win in their last 10 games to finish nine points adrift of the top six.
Gus Poyet's side's most encouraging spell was at the end of the first half when Gary Dicker forced an impressive save from David Button, with a shot from the edge of the area, and Joe Mattock's 25-yard drive was comfortably held by the Barnsley goalkeeper.
Barnsley manager Keith Hill:
"It was a typical end of season game but I was happy with the performance and I thought we were good for a draw.
"As a manager, the job continues throughout the summer. There's no real time off.
"When you consider the calibre of the team coming up and the ones staying in the division, it's getting increasingly difficult for clubs like Barnsley in the Championship.
"They're basically creating a Premier League two and it's a shame for Barnsley because it's an honest club."
Brighton manager Gus Poyet:
"After the first 45 minutes, I thought the best thing was that there were only another 45 minutes to go.
"If you said to me at the start of the season that we would be in the top 10 at the end, I would have taken it.
"A lot of the players are playing at this level for the first time so I think we have to be very happy with a top 10 finish."
Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.
Jim O'Brien fouled by Joe Mattock, the ref awards a free kick. Jim O'Brien crosses the ball, John Stones produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Bobby Hassell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Barnes. Shot comes in from Rodriguez Vicente from the free kick.
Craig Mackail-Smith fouled by Jimmy McNulty, the ref awards a free kick. Rodriguez Vicente crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance made by Bobby Hassell.
John Stones crosses the ball in from the free kick, Unfair challenge on Lewis Dunk by Craig Davies results in a free kick. David Gonzalez takes the direct free kick.
Booking Booking for Adam El-Abd for unsporting behaviour.
Danny Rose fouled by Adam El-Abd, the ref awards a free kick.
Rodriguez Vicente fouled by Jim O'Brien, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Joe Mattock.
Joe Mattock challenges Danny Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Foster takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Davies by Lewis Dunk. Bobby Hassell crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by David Gonzalez.
Effort from just outside the box by Rodriguez Vicente goes over the bar.
Booking Lewis Dunk receives a yellow card.
Shot from just outside the box by David Perkins goes over the bar.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien by Rodriguez Vicente. Direct free kick taken by John Stones.
Jim O'Brien takes a shot. Save by David Gonzalez.
Gai Assulin is penalised for a handball. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Matty Done, Unfair challenge on Adam El-Abd by Stephen Foster results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Gonzalez.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Matty Done, Lewis Dunk makes a clearance.
Substitution Scott Golbourne leaves the field to be replaced by John Stones.
Jim O'Brien takes a shot. David Gonzalez makes a save.
Unfair challenge on Liam Bridcutt by Craig Davies results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Gonzalez.
Craig Davies produces a volleyed right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente.
Jim O'Brien takes a shot. Save made by David Gonzalez.
Corner taken by Matty Done from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Ashley Barnes.
Corner taken short by David Perkins.
Substitution Will Buckley goes off and Gai Assulin comes on.
Substitution Alan Navarro joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Dicker.
Substitution Matty Done is brought on as a substitute for Jordan Clark.
Danny Rose has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
David Button takes the free kick.
Substitution (Barnsley) makes a substitution, with Bobby Hassell coming on for Stephen Dawson.
Ashley Barnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Foster.
Craig Davies has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Short corner taken by Rodriguez Vicente from the right by-line.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Rodriguez Vicente, clearance by Jim O'Brien.
Stephen Foster takes the direct free kick.
Booking Booking for Gary Dicker for unsporting behaviour.
Gary Dicker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jim O'Brien.
Free kick taken by Lewis Dunk.
Booking Stephen Dawson receives a caution.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Dawson on Inigo Calderon.
The second half begins.
45:00 +1:03 Half time
Half Time It is the end of the first-half.
Joe Mattock takes a shot. David Button makes a save.
Rodriguez Vicente decides to take a short corner.
Gary Dicker takes a shot. David Button makes a save.
Outswinging corner taken by Jordan Clark from the right by-line played to the near post, Joe Mattock makes a clearance.
Liam Bridcutt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Perkins. David Perkins takes the free kick.
Scott Golbourne challenges Will Buckley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Inigo Calderon.
The ball is swung over by Joe Mattock, Headed effort from inside the area by Ashley Barnes misses to the right of the target.
Liam Bridcutt challenges Danny Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Golbourne takes the free kick.
Rodriguez Vicente takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by David Perkins.
Danny Rose gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Vicente. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Barnes on David Perkins. Free kick taken by David Perkins.
Craig Mackail-Smith is ruled offside. Stephen Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Ashley Barnes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
A cross is delivered by David Perkins, save by David Gonzalez.
Danny Rose has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Will Buckley by Scott Golbourne results in a free kick. Inigo Calderon takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Inigo Calderon by David Perkins results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lewis Dunk.
Corner taken right-footed by Jim O'Brien, David Gonzalez makes a comfortable save.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jim O'Brien played to the near post, Craig Mackail-Smith manages to make a clearance.
Jim O'Brien produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
Unfair challenge on David Perkins by Rodriguez Vicente results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jim O'Brien from left wing.
Foul by Lewis Dunk on Scott Wiseman, free kick awarded. Scott Wiseman takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rodriguez Vicente by David Perkins. Free kick taken by Rodriguez Vicente.
Jimmy McNulty has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Lewis Dunk challenges Danny Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Perkins takes the direct free kick.
The official flags Will Buckley offside. David Button takes the indirect free kick.
Stephen Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Dicker. Free kick taken by Gary Dicker.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim O'Brien on Rodriguez Vicente. Liam Bridcutt takes the free kick.
The game begins.
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