Vibrant Academia is a subtype of the academia aesthetics similar in themes and style to Light Academia and Pastel Academia but with brighter hues. It is unusual with the Academia aesthetic genre as it is not as subdued in colour. It is related to Elementary Academia in colour scheme but is associated more with Higher Education (university or college) than elementary or primary schooling, with the style of dress reflecting more mature pieces and themes.

The aesthetic focuses on the joy of learning and the pursuit of knowledge out of curiosity. There is a particular focus on good mental health and wellness and taking care of your mind. It is a joyful, bubbly aesthetic but this in no way diminishes the suffering of those with mental disorders nor denies the depression but rather celebrates learning despite the darkness. It encourages open and frank discussions of serious mental health disorders and tries to break down stigma.

There is also an element of teaching and the enjoyment of passing on your knowledge as well as increasing it through study. Think of your batty science professor, nutty art teacher, kooky literature lecturer. We are the weirdos who love learning and colour.

Clothing involves the traditional academia motifs, vintage styles (the 50s lends itself well to this subtype due to the more vibrant colouring) waistcoats, berets, tweed, shirts and blouses, cardigans (bonus points for elbow pads), but in brighter hues. There is a love for big, kitschy costume jewellery.

Areas of study can include many topics but literature, art, and psychology as well as other sciences are particular themes.

There is no academic snobbery here. Vibrant Academia celebrates all learning and all academics, regardless of subject, grades, degree level, educational institute, background (including class, race, sex, (dis)ability, religion, gender and gender identity, sexuality, etc.). Everyone is welcome, judgment is not.

Inspirations

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Books

  • Howl's Moving Castle by Diane Wynn Jones
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Little Women by Louise May Alcott
  • A Little Princess and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett
  • Alice's Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Earthesea series and Catwings series by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The 23 Tales by Beatrix Potter
  • The Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland

Authors

  • Dr. Seuss
  • Jane Austen

Podcasts

  • No Such Thing As A Fish
  • Ologies with Alie Ward

TV

  • QI
  • Sherlock
  • Taskmaster
  • Eight Out of Ten Cats Does Countdown
  • Countdown
  • Sailor Moon (90s and Crystal)
  • Pretty Cure/Glitter Force
  • Card Captor Sakura
  • Little Witch Academia
  • Pointless
  • Jeopardy
  • Miss Fischer's Murder Mysteries
  • Frankie Drake Mysteries
  • Agatha Christie's Poirot and Miss Marple
  • Merlin
  • Father Brown
  • Doctor Who
  • Murdoch Mysteries
  • Steven Universe
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Planet Earth and Planet Earth II
  • Blue Planet and Blue Planet II
  • Frozen Planet
  • Great British Bake Off
  • Great British Sewing Bee
  • Great British Pottery Throwdown
  • The Magic School Bus (1994-1997)
  • The Magic School Bus Rides Again (2017-2020)

Films

  • Dead Poet's Society (1989)
  • Emma (BBC miniseries 2009)
  • Marie Antionette (2006)
  • Enola Holmes (2020)
  • Fantastic Beasts: And Where to Find Them (2016)
  • The Harry Potter series
  • Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
  • Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
  • Legally Blonde (2001)
  • Loving Vincent (2017)
  • Mary and the Witch's Flower (2017)
  • Tolkien (2018)
  • Matilda

(Vibrant Academia film and television is similar to other academia aesthetics providing it is not too dark and there is often and element of comedy and general sense of hope.)

Mental Health

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Activities

  • Sharing your new found fact with friends and family (even when they don't want to know, especially then)
  • Being hushed by the librarian for getting too excited over a book or research paper
  • Reading endlessly (fiction, non-fiction, fanfiction)
  • Book collecting
  • Creating beautiful notes with colour-coded highlighting and calligraphy headers (or bold, bubble writing if you can't do calligraphy)
  • Writing essays and reports
  • Journaling (ordinary or wellness journals)
  • Mindfulness
  • Listening and genuinely jamming out to bardcore covers of songs
  • Watching documentaries
  • Exploring and acquiring new niche hobbies
  • Enjoying the company of animals, particularly cats and other 'intelligent' animals
  • Reading scientific journals and reports
  • Learning languages for the fun of it (you may or may not become proficient in any of the ones you try but you like to give it a go all the same)
  • Crafting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking and cooking
  • Going down research rabbit holes
  • Eagerly swapping books with friends, leaving little annotations in the margins for them
  • Trying to decide if you want to order your books by author surname or by colour to form rainbow shelves


Fashion

(this is meant as a guide, not a uniform, dress however you please, this list is just meant to give ideas and is in no way exhaustive)

All of the below should come in highly saturated hues (hence the vibrant in Vibrant Academia). Not all need to be full rainbow, but it is encouraged. Fruit motifs are often a theme, particularly apples, as well as polkadots and stripes. Fashion usually resolves around early to mid-20th European/American school or prep style but like in Pastel Academia there is K-Fashion and J-Fashion influences.

Accessories

  • Berets
  • Knee-high socks
  • Brooches
  • Satchels
  • Glasses
  • Scarves
  • Bows
  • Alice bands
  • Brightly-coloured tights
  • Bowties
  • Boater hats


Clothing

  • Chunky knits
  • Blazers
  • Pussy-bow blouses
  • Shirts
  • Tweed and plaid (but bright hues)
  • Cardigans
  • Swing or pencil skirts
  • Culottes
  • Dress pants/trousers
  • Waistcosts/vests


Shoes

  • Oxfords
  • Mary Janes
  • Loafers
  • Court shoes
  • Brogues


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