We've had two assignments so far and I have to say this is by far my favorite class. I'm not sure if modeling will be for me but the animation part is loads of fun. The first assignment was to animate two balls, one living and one nonliving, bouncing/rolling around in some kind of environment.
The second was to tell a story in ten seconds with primitive objects (known at Ringling as "Primitive Theater"). This one was a lot more interesting and I learned a ridiculous amount of stuff about setting up a scene, interacting characters and, most importantly timing. People tell you stuff here all the time about creating thinking characters - considering the characters' inner monologues and allowing them to register with the audience...but all that advice is really just so many words 'till you get to test it out for yourself. And test I did.