Hello. Earlier in the semester I was introduced to this cool site in my animation class. The Gnomon Workshop is a fantastic resource for every stage of the three dimensional animation process. Whitiker lab does have copies of Maya and Photoshop, so it is something you could try out if you are interested in animation. I know a few people are, and the site offers free tutorials for those brand new to the process (at the top, under the freebies tab) which really help offset the difficulty curve of Maya. And if you decide that you like the software, you can also get higher level educational resources from professional users of the software in dvd format (which is not free, though). Just thought I'd pass that on.