Students take a three year course in the elements of art including theory and practical work. Course topics include painting, drawing, art view, sculpting, logo and lettering, art history, printing, and general design.
Students begin every morning by sharing the Bible. Although Mwangaza is part of a Catholic organization, students come from many faith backgrounds including Anglican, Seventh Day Adventist, African Independent Church, Kisumu Pentecostal Church, and others. Students take the daily readings from the Catholic liturgical calendar and reflect on how the readings relate to their lives and work.
Every Friday Father Hans Burgman teaches a course in model drawing. Students focus on creating a composition with interesting and varied lines and understanding proportions.
Students go out into the community to capture reality and then compose paintings based on their surroundings.
First, second, and third year students work together in the art school. This creates an environment in which students learn from each other as well as from the teachers and graduates who visit the school.
Every Friday afternoon students participate in a critique of the week's work. This gives students an opportunity to explain their own work and to learn from their teachers and each other.
Students take an exam at the end of every term. The exam is in two parts - practical and theory. In the practical exams, students spend four days creating a piece in the medium studied that term. The theory exam takes two hours and consists of questions related to the medium studied.