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.

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.