As all AAU students know, the Pixar classes are no more. There's a post about it on the Splinedoctors site and the comment section is very interesting. If you have any input, I encourage you to post a comment as well.
Among the comments you'll find a link to the cgsociety forums. Don't close your browser before reading the entry post by "Joe" the FX artist. Fantastic pieces of advice, don't miss it!