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Vibrant Academia is an academic aesthetic similar in theme 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 color.

Vibrant Academia focuses on the joy of learning and the pursuit of knowledge out of curiosity. There is a particular focus on mental health, wellness, and taking care of your mind that is not typically present in other academic aesthetic. 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 the typical batty science professor, nutty art teacher, and/or kooky literature lecturer.

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.

Vibrant Academia intentionally celebrates all learning and all academics, regardless of subject, grades, degree level, educational institute, or background (including class, race, sex, (dis)ability, religion, gender and gender identity, sexuality, etc.).


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  • 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 Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Earthesea series and Catwings series by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The 23 Tales by Beatrix Potter
  • Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland
  • Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter


  • Dr. Seuss
  • Jane Austen


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


  • 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)


  • Dead Poet's Society (1989)
  • Emma (BBC miniseries; 2009)
  • Marie Antoinette (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 (1996)

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


  • Sharing fun facts
  • Reading
  • Book collecting
  • Note-taking
  • Writing essays and reports
  • Journaling (ordinary or wellness journals)
  • Mindfulness
  • 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
  • Crafting, knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking and cooking
  • Researching
  • Eagerly swapping books with friends, leaving little annotations in the margins for them


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 polka dots 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.


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


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


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