When I went to school, no one taught animation. It mostly involved teaching students how to use software.
Back then, I wanted to become a traditional animator, so I went to an art school to hone and improve my art skills. Even after I graduated from college, I continued talking figure drawing classes and continue to do so to this day.
Learning to see with an artistic eye allows you to pick up subtle nuances in poses, how to design a pose and what makes for good composition. It also helps you build your confidence when you are sketching out poses for your scene.