If you’re an art student, you know that critiques are the inevitable end-result of an art project. At some point, the piece you’ve spent the last few weeks/months working on will now have to not only be looked upon and judged, but also in a potentially ego-shattering manner. As a result, you won’t usually get far in an art major without a fair amount of humility and some exceptionally thick skin.

Well, in theory.

In a video called “Art Student Freak Out” posted on YouTube earlier this month, one art student demonstrates that not all of them can take the heat, even if the heat isn’t turned up particularly high. The video shows one art student go from calm to crazy in the span of two minutes and thirty-five seconds before finally smashing the painting to bits.

“I don’t do a lot of abstract art,” begins the unnamed student, stammering slightly. “In fact I really kind of dislike it a lot.”

Already not the most assuring of introductions, her fellow students cautiously begin to assess the painting. In truth, the criticism is rather tame; it actually comes off as if the other students are going easy on her. One student just complains about the mix of warm and cool colors, while another simply says that it looks as if she was trying to make it seem like “you’re trying to pretend you didn’t learn how to paint.”

“I like that you went in a different direction than what you normally do,” said another, “but I think the face looks like you, and you do a lot of art that’s focused on yourself because you’re a fashion designer and you kinda work from your own body, and I don’t know if you meant to do that.”

That was by far the harshest criticism, but apparently, it’s also the last straw for the critiqued student.

(WARNING: Strong Language)

Unsurprisingly, the sheer ridiculousness of the student’s overreaction has been chided by some as potentially nothing more than a multimedia art project in and of itself, possibly to highlight the perceived uselessness of art critiques. So what do you think, legitimate histrionic fit or meta-art project shenanigans?