The course on CAAD at the K.U. Leuven is part of the course on design methodology and theory from which it is the most recent and natural extension. Attached to this course a series of assignments has been developed which bring the students in 45 hours to a non-trivial level of acquaintance with CAAD. Rather then mimic the traditional pencil- and paper approach, the exercises encourage students to explore additional design opportunities that a drawing board cannot offer. In this way, the practical part goes beyond a mere preparation for practice. The assignments are built on top of AutoCAD to which we have added in-house developments in order to focus on specific educational goals within a very limited time. The paper presents and comments these assignments and shows results from the last 2 years.