Yep, in 1st term we learn to use the shop- the lathe, the bandsaw, the table saw, the radial arm saw, the drill press, disc sanders rotary sanders, vacuum former etc.. we also learn to use a bunch of the chemicals, we make a 2 part mold with RTV and plaster casts, as well as using metal glaze and body filler... the first year we have a few shop classes. In one of them you get to build a tank oh and yes, we do get to work with clay, though it's automotive clay, not sculpy. oh and yes, we learn to use fiberglass as well (it's free!!)
So far we haven't taken a specific character module, but we have done classes that require us to draw characters. I think their assignments are things like redesigning characters from a variety of properties (some live action, some animation, etc.)
hope that helps.