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Disciplines are academic groupings based on areas of aptitude within Brakebills College. Professor Sunderland describes them as follows: "everybody at Brakebills has an aptitude for magic, but there are individual variations--people tend to have affinity for some specific strain."

Despite the fact that affinities are innate Professor Sunderland says "[it] has to do with where you were born, and where the moon was, and what the weather was like, and what kind of person you are, plus all kinds of technical stuff that's not worth getting into". [1] At the end of a Brakebills student's second year, various "inductive" tests are performed by the student to determine which of the Discipline Groups they should be sorted into.

Discipline groupsEdit

  • Physical: Magical ability to manipulate matter.
  • Natural : Aptitude for manipulation of natural elements.
  • Illusion: Magical ability to create and manipulate vivid illusions.
  • Knowledge: Alleged magical abilities held by scholars of magic.
  • Healing: Aptitude for magical healing.
  • Psychic: Magical abilities concerning psychic energies.

List of disciplinesEdit


Discipline Practitioner Group
Astral Projection Chelsea Unknown
Camouflage Magic Plum Purchas Illusion
Cryomancy Janet Pluchinsky Physical
Herbalism Unknown Natural
Interdimensional Travel Penny Independent
Metallurgy Pearl Sunderland Unknown
Metamagic Fiberpunk Unknown
Minor Mendings Quentin Coldwater Physical
Mirror-Magic Darcy Illusion
Phosphoromancy Alice Quinn Physical
Endocronology Georgia Healing
Portal Creation Josh Hoberman Physical


Discipline Practitioner Group
Interdimensional Travel Penny Psychic
Meta-Composition Julia Wicker (alternate timeline) Knowledge
Phosphoromancy Alice Quinn Physical
Premonition Unknown Psychic

TV DifferencesEdit

In the TV series, students are tested upon acceptance to the school, and allowed to move into a Discipline specific house at the end of the first year. Once their Discipline is determined students have the opportunity to congregate in a Discipline-specific location with other members of their Discipline.

References Edit

  1. Grossman, L. (2009). Disciplines. In The Magicians (p. 111). New York, NY: Penguin Group. ISBN 978-0-452-29629-9.

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