The first school dedicated exclusively to the metaverse opens its doors in Paris

It’s a world first. This Friday, March 11, at BPI France, Ridouan Abagri announces the creation of Metaverse College, the very first school dedicated solely to the creation, structuring, and evolution of these 3D universes. “There are specialized training courses within certain institutions, but not yet a 100% metavers structure. For once, we in France are five or ten years ahead!” gurgles his future director.

From the beginning of the academic year 2022, a bachelor’s degree “metavers project manager” is offered for one year or three master’s programs in one or two years (M1-M2 or M2). These are available continuously or alternately in three areas: finance (cryptocurrency, blockchain or the futuristic “metaheritage”), art (NFTs, product design of digitized works, etc.) and finally development and data (design of virtual universes, management, etc.).

As a result, jobs that are both very technical (XR developer, 3D designer, data models, XR community manager, data architect, NFT designer, etc.) and quite generalist (cryptoasset specialist, virtual sales and marketing, leader of ” metapatrimony », Metaverse legal expert, etc.) Prices vary between 6,500 and 8,000 euros per year up to Bac + 3 and 10,000 to 11,000 euros the following years up to the master’s program.

virtual classrooms

In Arche’s premises (La Défense, Paris) and in a future “pedagogical metavers” (a kind of virtual classrooms for 2025), about fifty students are expected in October next year (including 15 in bachelor). The list of teachers has not yet been revealed. Metaverse College degrees are recognized by the state.

Metaverse College has a bachelor's degree (one year) for bac + 2 and three graduates for bac + 4 and bac + 5 - in continuing education or work study.

Metaverse College has a bachelor’s degree (one year) for bac + 2 and three graduates for bac + 4 and bac + 5 – in continuing education or work

How to apply? The steps are as follows: 1 / make contact, 2 / make an appointment, 3 / recording session, 4 / do an online test, 5 / individual interview, 6 / examination of the file and 7 / answer from recording within 48 hours. The establishment is currently aimed at students who have validated a bac + 2. Within a year and a half, Metaverse College plans to open up to students after graduation and have a second class of 200 students.

A “hit to play”

A matter of courage, but above all of opportunity. When Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta (ex-Facebook) announces that the meta-verse will be the future iteration of the Internet, while doing a demo in October of his own universe (and personal avatar), Ridouan Abagri felt the battle to play. ” I immediately said to myself: I want to be! »

This is good, as Ridouan Abagri, who is also the director of the Digital College specializing in Internet and digital technology, has been working for two years to create a “complete virtual school” without having settled the issue of “How?” Or “what”. Still in its infancy, the meta-verse is by definition completely virtual, accessed via a virtual reality headset. Bingo! He struck.

Just for the communication campaign on social networks, an envelope has 6 figures

In equity, the College of Paris (group of 20 schools belonging to Digital College and the most recent Metaverse College) is funding the project. Question figures, Ridouan Abagri is very discreet. As for the campaign to make oneself known, the strategy is classic: ads, website that is already online and targeting on social networks. With regard to this last aspect, the budgetary framework is six figures.

The institution has several selected partners: Huawei, BPI France, Ipocamp (a start-up specializing in intellectual property) and Maestria Blockchain (a firm of experts in cryptocurrencies). Your contribution? “They support the project and some members will form a scientific committee for our programs. They will also intervene in our courses or in masterclasses, offer workshops to students, favor our profiles for their work-study recruitments ”, details the director of Metaverse College. In the market, for now effective

not the shadow of a competitor except Metaverse School, a training company located in Germany. It offers short and / or continuous sessions for adults (one month) and does not lead to a diploma. This is more like further training for people working in the digital sector.

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