The Oxford College of Arts and Therapies (OCAT) was set up to provide online and blended learning (a mix of online and in-person learning) in the arts and therapies. Our initial focus is in using art therapeutically and we are also developing courses in other arts therapies, as well as in some modes of psychotherapy.

We were founded by Dr Val Huet and Lucien Stanfield UKCP FRSPH. Val is a very experienced art therapist, academic, and supervisor, and who has for many years been the Chief Executive of the British Association of Art Therapists. Val has taught introduction, foundation and degree courses extensively in the UK, as well as running trainings in France, Greece, Singapore, Spain, Russia and elsewhere.

Lucien is an experienced psychotherapist and founded the Claremont Centre in London, 15 years ago. The centre offers low cost psychological therapies to individuals across London and also provides a number of therapeutic groups, including art therapy, 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 based both in Oxford and in London and our on-site intensive courses will be hosted in Oxford. We are also aiming to provide intensive on-site courses in other international locations.

OCAT is a college of learning and not a university. Our college is not a part of Oxford University. We are however working on more advanced level trainings.

Main contact: Lucien Paul Stanfield, email:

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

Oxford: 194 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 7NQ