my experience was that scad taught us traditionally, at least in foundations courses. charcoal, graphite, pen and ink sort of stuff. i guess i had drawn with an intuos tablet since high school so i just still did it on my own time, but you aren’t really “taught” how to use the programs/tools for digital painting. now that i think about it, a lot of people i know are still struggling with painting in photoshop, but that’s not a big problem if you’re going into 3D (which a lot of them are). SELF-TEACHING IS IMPORTANT!! what’s also important is that you get fundamentals of how shape, color, and light work, and then you can basically thrive traditionally or digitally. scad has a bjillion wacom cintiqs btw, so convenient! :’D
as for animation, i think i’ve only taken 2 classes that were pencil/paper. EVERYTHING ELSE IS DIGITAL. unfortunately traditional 2D stuff is super rare nowadays :(
the professors don’t (usually) grade on personal preference, i think if you’re in a class with 20-some students drawing the same model you can tell what’s quality and what’s lacking. so for classes like life drawing and design and stuff it’s more about how much time/effort it shows you put in. it varies between professors but creativity/originality also factor in. i’d say 95% of my instructors have been super cool people though, so as long as you’re not blowing them off they’ll give you good scores b* U *
wow long post. i hope i answered your questions!