School of Applied Human Sciences
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Howard College, Durban
Degrees Offered: Honours, Masters and PhD
For more information please contact: Prof Keyan Tomaselli (
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"... when you get a degree from CCMS you know that you earned your stripes and can go toe to toe with the best in the industry!"
Richard Delate (Hons, MA)
Country Programme Director, Communication, Johns Hopkins Health and Education SA; previously
Advocacy and Media Advisor, UNAIDS Eastern and Southern Africa.
"We are happy to have been groomed by CCMS. Everything we learnt in every module fits the bigger puzzle in the working world"
Journalist, Corporate Relations, University of KwaZulu-Natal
"I chose to pursue my postgraduate studies through CCMS after reading an article (on the SABC) authored by Prof. Ruth Teer-Tomaselli in 'Media,Culture & Society' in 1995, while a 'fresher' at University College Falmouth in the UK " - René Smith
René Alicia Smith (CCMS MA and PhD graduate), 14 Dec 2011
I always look back on my time at UKZN and in CCMS where we were given a solid grounding in critical theory and an ability to apply the 'shop' skills of journalism or media production. Anyone can learn to write an article, but to identify your role within society, how the text impacts on the lives of its listeners or readers and having the ability to communicate the message coherently is key. I think people who made an effort in their studies and participated in the various CCMS programmes are able to do just that.
Shaun Ryan, CCMS BA(Hons) MA graduate, East Coast Radio, 22 Dec 2011
The past 3 months in the UK where I‘m doing my MA have flown by. While I'm studying an environmental degree, many of the scholars and theories we cover here are ones I was first introduced to at CCMS: Freire, Latour, Giddens, work on self-reflexive research, indigeneity, cultural globalisation, social constructivism ... so my time at CCMS has prepared me very well for a Master of Science degree. The work experience I received at CCMS has also been invaluable in helping me with my writing and research, as well as my editing and project-management skills. So I will always be grateful for the foundation that CCMS has given me!
Sertanya Reddy CCMS Hons (2009), 14 Dec 2011
"What I value as an outcome of Kate Finlay's project is the fact that we, as a commercial business responsible for managing, marketing and operating a community-owned facility, have been able to benefit from the academic research she has undertaken by evaluating her findings and considering these when redeveloping our marketing materials and strategy.
"This is precisely what I had hoped for when Keyan and I first discussed the concept of UKZN's CCMS unit undertaking various research projects around !Xaus Lodge - that research could be applied in a beneficial way to a practical situation and not simply remain within the covers of a book!!"
Transfrontier Parks Destinations
The Centre for Communication, Media and Society (CCMS) is the Southern African region's premier graduate research and educational unit in media studies. The unit consists of both graduate and undergraduate components. The staff, research and publications of CCMS are internationally renowned and read, and its leading staff members have been visiting professors in a variety of universities allover the world.
Communication for development. Photo by Simon McTavish.
CCMS was established after the Soweto uprising of 1976, in order to develop strategies of cultural resistance through media and culture. The aim of CCMS was to teach critical media and cultural studies and to actively contribute to political change from inside the anti-apartheid coalition then known as the Mass Democratic Movement. Staff and students set out to develop theories and strategies to enable grassroots empowerment and local media and cultural development projects.
CCMS offers courses of an interdisciplinary nature, calling on contributions for the faculties of Humanities, Social Science, Science, Architecture and Education. Graduates find employment in a wide range of professions including:
- Non-government or community-based organisations
- University-based education, research and consultancy
- Film industry
- Television and radio broadcasting
- Marketing and market research
- Community development
With the advent of democratic political processes in South Africa, CCMS has shifted its emphasis to policy research and development support for communication projects, in the context of reconstruction and policy studies. This requires working as critical consultants for the state and parastatal corporations, commissions and task groups, as well as the progressive business sector. CCMS also engages in major research projects, development projects, conferences and media production.
Tribute to Nelson Mandela by ARROWSA students from Bechet High School:
without you we wouldn’t be where we are today – living together as one people
in our beautiful country, South Africa. Little keys can open big locks and
simple words can express great thought.
you for being the first to build a “bridge” for South Africans – we hope to
continue the work you have started.
would like to thank you again for everything that you have done. Without you we are nothing.
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