NEXT START DATE: September/Fall 2024

An open introductory course to NFTs and the Metaverse, delivered on-chain and in the metaverse, taught by UNIC faculty and @punk6529 – a deeply influential thinker on NFTs and the metaverse and one of the largest NFT collectors in the world – along with an incredible array of guest panelists and lecturers.

The course is free to attend. Registration will be made available closer to the intake by minting the course NFT (free + gas). Students who would like a certificate of completion from UNIC pay a small fee.

UNIC will also offer a 1-week starter pre-course on the mechanics of being able to transact on-chain.

Meet Your

Course Instructors

PUNK 6529

Punk6529 is among the world’s foremost collectors, investors and thought leaders in the NFT space, well-known for his extensive tweetstorms on NFTs and decentralization. 6529 is a leading advocate of the “open metaverse” – namely that the architecture of the metaverse should be decentralized and interoperable and, specifically, that NFTs could serve in this role.

6529 is active in several key areas: a) the 6529 Museum is a very extensive NFT museum, with a particular focus on generative art; b) 6529 Capital is a leading asset manager in the NFT space, and c) OM, which is building an open, decentralized metaverse.


Professor George M. Giaglis is the Executive Director of the Institute for the Future at the University of Nicosia. He teaches two MOOCs at UNIC: Digital Currency and NFTs & the Metaverse; and was instrumental in designing the curriculum of the world’s first academic programs in this space.

He has also been working with institutional and corporate clients, including the European Commission and the European Central Bank, on blockchain and technology monitoring projects, as well as advisor to a number of technology companies. He has published 12 books and more than 150 scientific papers, and is the Chief Editor of the Blockchain Technologies section at Frontiers in Blockchain.

welcome to

your classroom

The course will take place in specially designed virtual auditoriums inside OM – Punk 6529’s Open Metaverse.

Our goal is to see if we can deliver a course 100% on-chain and in the metaverse. Adjacent to your classroom is the 6529 Museum District, home to one of the leading NFT collections in the world, spread across 20+ galleries, as well as a growing ecosystem of artist and collector galleries in the surrounding areas.


guest lecturers

Keith Grossman

TIME Magazine

Fred Wilson

Co-Founder and Partner,
Union Square Ventures

Chris Dixon

General Partner,
Andreessen Horowitz

Yat Siu

Animoca Brands

Erick / Snowfro

Founder- Art Blocks,
Creator - Squiggle

Dmitri Cherniak

Generative Artist,
Creator - Ringers

Claire Silver

AI Artist.
Co-founder of A2 Accelerate Art

Tyler Hobbs

Generative Artist,
Creator of Fidenza

Balaji Srinivasan

General Partner - a16z
Former CTO - Coinbase

Reuben Wu

Award winning visual artist and music producer


Yuga Labs


NFT Artist

Matt DesLauriers

Generative Artist,
Creator of Subscapes

Charli Cohen

Founder of RSTLSS

Bharat Krymo

Decentralization Maxi, NFT Collector, 6529 Capital




NFT Collector
Futurist. Disruptor. Ape.

Helena Sarin

Generative and GAN Artist


Asset Manager, NFT Collector, 6529 Capital

Kevin Rose

Founder - PROOF Collective
Partner - True Ventures


Army Special Operations Veteran

Sam Spratt


Sasha Stiles

Metapoet, Artist, AI Researcher

Loren Bednar

Generative Artist


Generative NFT Artist


Generative Art Collector, Founder, 6529 Capital

Thomas Bailey

General Partner
Road Capital Management



Rayan Boutaleb

Founder and CEO.

Aaron Wright

Co-Founder Tribute Labs
Professor Cardozo Law


Co-Founder of Manifold


NFT Collector

Michael Bouhanna

VP, Contemporary Art Specialist & Co-Head of Digital Art, Sotheby's

Sebastian Fahey

Managing Director, EMEA and Executive Lead Metaverse, Sotheby's

Misan Harriman

Chair of Southbank Centre,
Photographer, Activist

Blessing Atas

Phone photographer
Visual Art & Storyteller

Priyanka Patel

Chief Panic Officer & Co-Founder of The Burrow


Artist at SuperRare,
Founder of Code Green and NFT Factory Paris, Head of Philanthropy @worldofwomennft

Giannis Sourdis

NFT Curator at M0NA,
Co-founder of Amplify Global and Couch Heroes

Michael J Casey

Chief Content Officer,


CEO and Cofounder of and

Jeff Bandman

Principal - Bandman Advisors, Industry Associate - University of Nicosia

Eliana Torres

Intellectual Property law | blockchain + Web3 Lawyer

Anika Meier

Digital Art Writer and Curator

Micol Ap

Founder & CEO at VerticalCrypto Art

Deborah Quazzo

Managing Partner,
GSV Ventures

Claire Zau

Vice President,
GSV Ventures

Kathleen Breitman

Co-founder of Tezos

Robert Scoble


Maxim Perumal

VR Hardware Developer



The course takes place over a 12-week period, where each week corresponds to a specific topic or area.

In addition to asynchronous access to course materials and lecture notes, each week there will be a live video session with your instructors, during which course-specific questions will be answered, and/or guest lectures will take place.

  1. Technical primer:
    1. A brief introduction to ETH, ERC-20, ERC-721, ERC-1155
    2. The structure of ERC-721 and ERC-1155 tokens
    3.  Contract types (standalone, shared)
    4. Marketplaces
  2. Main uses of NFTs to-date:
    1. PFPs
    2. Generative Art
    3. 1 of 1 art, including photography
    4. Gaming assets
    5. Metaverse assets
    6. Access passes / Utility focused
    7. Representations of offchain assets
  3. Market size and structure
  4. NFTs – a generic container for intangible assets?
  1. Copyright and Trademarks in traditional art
  2. “Right Click Save As”
  3. Copyright vs Provenance in NFTs
  4. Rights management in NFTs
    1. Commercial rights
    2. Public domain / permissive licensing models
  1. What is a PFP?
  2. PFPs and community building
  3. PFPs as publicly writeable databases
  4. PFPs and other forms of decentralized identity
  5. Future opportunities and challenges in PFPs
  1. NFTs as a platform and medium for digital art
  2. CryptoArt
  3. Cross-over Artists
  4. Photography
  5. Future directions
  1. NFTs, the natural medium for generative art?
  2. The history of generative art (1950s to date)
  3. On-chain generative art
  4. Long-form generative art
  5. Future directions in generative art?
  1. Art vs Collectibles: Historical Parallels
  2. Manufacturing social construction: Aesthetics, rarity and markets
  3. NFT-Fi: Financialization of NFTs
  4. Tax considerations
  1. The economics of gaming:
    1. In-game economies
    2. Economics of game studios
  2. CryptoKitties and the birth of on-chain gaming
  3. Axie Infinity, Zed and play-to-earn gaming
  4. On-chain gaming vs traditional game economies and economics
  5. Future of on-chain gaming: opportunities and challenges
  1. What is the metaverse? Is there one metaverse? Multiple metaverses?
  2. Early metaverse experiences
  3. MMORPGs
  4. VR-based systems
  5. Early NFT-based metaverses
  6. “Open” NFT-based approaches
  7. Social networks
  1. State of 3D rendering on desktop/mobile:
    1. Proprietary game engines (Unreal Engine and Unity)
    2. Web-based standards (WebGL)
    3. Pixel streaming
  2. Extended reality (augmented and virtual reality)
    1. Current state of technology
    2. Key opportunities and challenges
  3. Expected development challenges
  1. A brief overview of USA securities law:
    1. The Howey Test
    2. Accredited Investors and Qualified Purchasers
    3. Investment Companies Act
    4. Reg A
  2. Venture Capital
  3. DAOs
  4. Token offerings
  5. NFTs
  6. Crowdfunding
  1. Retrospective: Representing off-chain objects on-chain
  2. Regulatory bridges and enforcement of off-chain claims
  3. Case Studies:
    1. Fashion
    2. Real Estate
  4. Timeline, opportunities and challenges
  1. History of web 1 and web 2 technology stacks
  2. Conventional off-chain and permissioned chain technology stacks
    1. Social Media
    2. Gaming engines
    3. CBDC
    4. Hardware
  3. Open on-chain standard stacks
    1. Web 3 applications
    2. NFTs
    3. Open standards

WHY take this course

The Metaverse is likely to be the default interaction model for the Internet in the coming decades. It will present tremendous opportunities and challenges across all aspects of society, including business, governance, personal relationships and social goals.

NFTs are the first mechanism that allows intangible/cultural objects to be represented on-chain in an open, interoperable, permissionless and programmable context.

NFTs and the Metaverse course will explore the interaction of these two themes, providing the participant with a good fundamental introduction to both their theory and current applications.

Learning outcomes

Participants who successfully complete the course will have both an initial conceptual overview of the field and a practical ability to interact with emerging applications in this area.


The course is suitable for students of all backgrounds and professions. Prerequisites for the course include the ability to use Metamask or another web3 wallet, as well as a small amount of ETH (less than $20).

One of the prerequisites for registering for the “Free MOOC: NFTs and the Metaverse”, is the ability to mint an NFT on the Ethereum blockchain.

For those not familiar with Ethereum or NFT minting, UNIC also offers a 1-week free starter pre-course covering the mechanics of being able to transact on-chain in Ethereum.


The NFTs and the Metaverse course is 100% free for everyone to attend.

Upon course completion, successful participants will be able to mint an official “University of Nicosia Certificate of Completion” as an on-chain Ethereum NFT (0.25 ETH plus gas).



to offer
crypto and
web3 education

to publish academic diplomas on the blockchain

to publish blockchain-verifiable academic certificates as NFTs

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) has an almost decade-long track record as the leading university in the field of cryptocurrency and blockchain, launching the world’s first degree program in cryptocurrency in 2014. The IFF, an integral institute of UNIC, has been pivotal in extending UNIC’s mission, educating over 145,000 students through an array of academic and professional training courses in blockchain & crypto assets, metaverse and forecasting.

Together, UNIC and IFF guide innovation, serving as the academic lead for the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum (a European Commission initiative to accelerate the development of blockchain within the EU) and also was selected to serve on the Technology Advisory Board of the European Central Bank (ECB).


In Crypto Education and Research

In 2022, UNIC announced the Open Metaverse Initiative (OMI), a new comprehensive initiative focused on the academic, research and policy issues relating to the metaverse, with a particular emphasis on open public systems and standards.

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at a glance

The University of Nicosia (UNIC) is one of the leading comprehensive research-oriented universities in the Mediterranean region, committed to teaching, research and innovation, sustainability, societal engagement and contribution to culture.

#1 in cyprus and Greece*

#155 in the EU
Top 501-600 in the world

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

* Along with one Cypriot and two Greek Universities.

  • In the Top 301-400 universities globally for social and economic impact (THE Impact Rankings)

  • #201-250 in the world for Business and Economics | #45 in the EU | #1 in Cyprus and Greece (THE WUR by Subject)

  • #201-250 in the world for Education | #46 in the EU | #1 in Cyprus and Greece (THE WUR by Subject)

  • #1 Largest University in Southern Europe that Teaches Primarily in English

  • 12,500+ Students from Over 100 Countries