What are Academia Aesthetics?

The worlds of art and literature are closely knitted. In this fast paced era of technology, trends of art and literature are celebrated globally. These interactions among artists and literary souls from diverse backgrounds give birth to innovative ideas. As a result of these innovative experiments, we have the term Academia Aesthetics today.  Let’s find out what this term means.

What are Academia Aesthetics?

The term Academia stands for the style of learning. To simplify, it means the way a person learns or acquires knowledge about something. However, the millennials and Generation Z are now doing their own spin on the term. By incorporating aesthetics with learning, they are making the pursuit of learning fun and interesting. Hence, we get this term Academia Aesthetics. It caters to a diverse audience including people of colour and trans community. Since, it is no longer just about “acquiring knowledge”, we are providing you a list of elements that make up the academia aesthetics.

  • Colour Palette
  • Dress Code
  • Historical Influences
  • Literary References
  • Art & Music

Depending on the aesthetic, a certain colour palette along with dress code is present. This is generally based on historical, literary or artistic movements, which that aesthetic represents. Therefore, each one of them is unique. Some aesthetics contain dark tones, hot coffee, old castles and gothic vibes. Whereas, some are famous for their inclination towards beige & pink tones, springtime flowers and victorian era influences. We at Daastan, have specifically curated for you a list of some of the most loved academia aesthetics.

Academia Aesthetics
via @myfairesttreasure

Dark Academia

Dark academia primarily focuses on the pursuit of knowledge inspired by the Classical and Gothic Literature. Therefore, it mostly gets inspiration from the medieval (middle ages) art and literature. The visuals of dark academia are black, deep tones of maroon, brown and green. Themes of death, escapism, depression and heartbreak are present at the core of this aesthetic.

Academia Aesthetics
via Pinterest

Art and Literature

Artists and literary figures belonging to different eras and regions have played an important  role in the development and advancement of dark academia. We have for you a perfect list of books, films and music to introduce you to dark academia.

  • Books 
  1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  2. Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum
  3. Songs of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  4. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
  5. The Gold Finch by Donna Tart
  • Film and Tv
  1. Kill Your Darlings
  2. Mary Shelley
  3. Tolkien
  4. Dorian Gray
  5. Atonement
  6. The Umbrella Academy
  7. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  8. Mind hunter
  9. The Queen’s Gambit
  10. Sherlock
  11. The Vampire Diaries
  12. The Originals

Academia Aesthetics
via Pinterest

  • Authors 
  1. Franz Kafka
  2. Dante Alighieri
  3. Sylvia Plath
  4. Oscar Wilde
  5. Emily Dickinson
  6. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  7. F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Music 
  1. Hans Zimmer
  2. Hozier
  3. Lorde
  4. Lord Huron
  5. Sufjan Stevens
  6. Zayn Malik

Academia Aesthetics
via Pinterest

Apart from the aesthetically pleasing aspects, dark academia receives criticism for romanticising unhealthy habits when it comes to learning. For instance, unhealthy sleeping patterns, eating disorders, excessive intake of coffee, etc are linked with dark academics.

Light Academia

In comparison with Dark Academia, the light academia may not appear so different at first. However, the light toned colour palettes help to draw the much needed comparison. Moreover, light academia focuses on the positive emotions associated with the pursuit of knowledge.  The dark academia talks about death and destruction. Whereas, light academia centres around optimism, sensitivity, joy, gratitude, friendship, motivation, and happy endings. The colour palette for light academia includes light browns, beige and off-white tones.

Academia Aesthetics
via Pinterest

Art and Literature

Like Dark Academia, this aesthetic also draws inspiration from the classical knowledge. But it also appears to have elements of the Renaissance and Romantic Era art and literature. For instance, literary masterpieces by Jane Austen, Markus Zusak and Louise May Alcott reflect light academia. Here’s a list of few other light academia recommendations.

  • Movies and Tv 
  1. Anne With An E
  2. The Crown
  3. Enola Holmes
  4. Five Feet Apart
  5. The Goldfinch
  6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Cottage Core

The cottage core can described as the “mother of feel good” aesthetics. From beautiful countrysides, victorian architecture, baking to flowery summer dresses, cottage core contains every serotonin-making element. The visuals for cottage core include handwritten letters, vintage teapots and cups, sunlit rooms and gardens. Cottage core also caters to a large variety of other aesthetics such as bloom core, honey core, country core and farm core.

Summer is the best time to live the cottage core dreams. If you wish to escape to a world of flowers and fae, the following movies and books are for you:

  1. Sense and Sensibility
  2. Alice in Wonderland
  3. The Wizard of Oz
  4. Emma
  5. Pride and Prejudice
  6. Tangled
  7. TinkerBell

Academia Aesthetics
Little Women 2019 Adaptation

In addition to these recommendations, we have a personalised cottage core playlist for you:

  • Folklore by Taylor Swift
  • Evermore by Taylor Swift
  • Like Real People Do by Hozier
  • Ophelia by The Lumineers
  • Strawberries and Cigarettes – Troye Sivan

Find your own Academia Aesthetics

By analysing your own interests and preferences, you can easily find out which academia aesthetic or aesthetics resonate with you. If you are curious about it, start with noticing what kind of things catch your attention in daily routine. For instance, the stuff you are attracted to in daily life in terms of colours, vibes and places are a good indication of the literary and artistic soul in you. Social media platforms like Pinterest and Tumblr are also a great way to stay updated on these aesthetics.

Share with us your favourite aesthetic in the comments and stay tuned for more literary goodness!

Noor Hashmi
Noor Hashmi is a student of literature at Numl University. She is an aspiring poetess. She runs a blog by the name of “Diaries of Huda” sharing her journey through poetry. In her free time, she loves to paint and bake.

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