Similarly, Susan Gold says that she would never associate with a school that didn't allow students to own their own work -- of which DigiPen is just one of a number worldwide.
Gold, who believes this is an important issue but not one that has been broached by the IGDA, is the chair of the IGDA's Education SIG, as well as the international development manager of the Masters of Digital Media Program at the Centre For Digital Media's Great Northern Way Campus in Vancouver, Canada.
"My personal view is that students ought to retain the rights to their work," she says. "At schools that don't have that policy, typically students know that before they enter the school so really no one should be taken by surprise. I just think that it's a shame that the policy exists. I don't believe work should belong to anyone but its creators."
Asked whether she expects the IGDA to tackle that issue, Gold replies that "university policy is usually very hard to change."
However, she expressed curiosity about what other members of the IGDA's Education SIG feel about the topic and she posed the question online to her listserv roster which, she says, includes "educators around the world."
Here are a half-dozen typical responses from the 30-plus she received:
While it wasn't clear whether the IGDA's Education SIG would take up the issue, DigiPen's Comair says that a policy change is not out of the question. "Students come to DIT to learn and get the most out of their education, not to ship a game they created at school for profit," he says.
"We are a school, not a production house, and therefore our goal is for the students to gain the knowledge and experience they need to be successful in the field. We may lose students based on our IP policy, but this is not as important to me as is maintaining the quality of the education.
"I am not saying that we will not change in the future," he adds. "But, in order to do that, we need to talk to the industry to see what they feel would be best. Our program advisory committee is made up of the best of the best companies in the world. So far," he says, "they are very happy with our policy."