James Schlenker


Adjunct Professor, Department of Cinematic Arts

Jim Schlenker, a 25-year Disney veteran, began his animation career after graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Starting out as a background painter and layout artist, he has styled numerous television shows and contributed to feature films and direct-to-video projects. Throughout his career, he has worked for Filmation, Hanna-Barbara, DIC, Warner Brothers, Bagdasarian Productions, Mihan Productions, Universal Animation Studios, Disney Television Animation, Disney Features, DreamWorks, and is currently working as an animation Art Director. He also teaches classes at Chapman University Dodge School of Film and Media Arts and Azusa Pacific University Department of Cinematic Arts and has taught workshops and classes at Laguna College of Art and Design, Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Walt Disney Consumer Products, Santa Monica College, Walt Disney Television, Walt Disney Publishing – Italy, Associates In Art, Art Academy of Los Angeles, and Walt Disney Animation – Japan.


  • BFA, Art Center College of Design, 1983

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)


  • Environmental Design
  • Art Direction for Animation
  • Background

Courses Taught

  • ANIM 204 - Layout Fundamentals