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E-learning Art Therapy Introduction and Foundation courses

These online courses, offered by the Oxford College Of Arts and Therapies, have been designed by experienced art therapists to help participants decide if an art therapy career is for them.

They are also helpful for people who may already use art in their work and wish to develop their creative practice. We aim to provide art therapy introductory training to people who may find it hard to access this because of where they live.



I have wanted to become an art therapist since the age of sixteen. After now turning twenty-one and nearing the end of my fine art degree, I was caught worrying for my future due to being afraid of starting the next step. I was afraid of not having the knowledge to support my application for the degree course I needed to get into. It has been extremely hard gaining access to information and training for art therapy where I live which left me feeling at a dead end. I was introduced to these courses by a friend, and I am so glad I was! These courses have given me a major insight into art therapy and what is expected of myself and potential clients, I now cannot wait to train as an art therapist. They were informative, easy following, as well as professional, and I truly recommend them to anyone considering art therapy as their next career goal. After completing these courses I am excited and ready to build up my portfolio and get applying for the degree course that will get me into this amazing career.


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. Their initial focus is in using art therapeutically and they are also developing courses in other arts therapies, as well as in some modes of psychotherapy.

It was 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.


Please visit the website for details.




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