The Oxford College of Arts and Therapies (OCAT) provides art therapy courses. These are online courses and are aimed at people who are looking to learn about art therapy, as well as those who are qualified art therapists and looking for post-qualification training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD).

As well as pre-recorded trainings, we also deliver live, in-person online trainings for arts therapists and artists in health. Participant numbers are kept to 20 or below to ensure that there is space to interact, ask meaningful questions, and to network.

We were founded by Professor Val Huet (PhD) and Lucien Stanfield UKCP FRSPH. Val is a very experienced art therapist, academic, and supervisor, and was for many years the Chief Executive of the British Association of Art Therapists. Val has taught introduction, foundation and degree courses extensively in the UK, and lectured internationally. Val is now Visiting Professor on the MA in Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire and her clinical work is within a rheumatology department, providing online art therapy groups for people with chronic pain and Fibromyalgia. She also works closely with arts in health organisation as a freelance researcher.

Lucien is an experienced psychotherapist and founded the Claremont Centre in London in 2002. The centre offers low-cost psychological therapies to individuals across London and also provides a number of therapeutic groups, including art therapy, and a range of arts-based services to older people. The centre was granted the Royal Society for Public Health’s Arts-in-Therapy Award in 2014 for its contribution to practice and research in the field.

Both Val and Lucien have a focus on the importance of relationship in therapy and on the primacy of clients’ own interpretations and understandings of their lives and experiences as a starting point for establishing real and meaningful relationship. Other faculty members can be found on our Faculty page.

OCAT is a college of learning and not a university. Our college is not a part of Oxford University.

Main contact: Lucien Paul Stanfield, email:

London: 24-17 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD Tel: +44 (0)207 689 8090