University of Guyana launches three Masters Degrees in Communication Studies – Visual, Social Change and Strategic Communications

6th May, 2021 0 comments

(University of Guyana/ Centre for Communication Studies/May 3/2021/UG launches Three
Masters in Communication Studies) The University of Guyana - Centre for Communications
Studies, is pleased to announce 3 new Master of Communication Studies in three areas of
specializations: Strategic Communication, Social Change Communication, and Visual
Communication. This suite is part of 10 new programmes being offered by the University this
Academic year which respond to the growing need for quality, affordable and relevant post
graduate programmes in Guyana and the Caribbean.

The curriculum development for the Masters in Communication Studies programme
commenced in 2017 begun with a task-force out of the office of Philanthropy, Alumni and
Civic Engagement (PACE) headed by Nelsonia Persaud Budhram and Denise Hopkinson. The
work was completed and headed by Dr Taijrani Rampersaud from September 2018 with key
inputs from the lecturers and staff of the Centre for Communication Studies, the Registry, the
Faculty of Social Sciences, and programme heads for other post-graduate programmes at the

Approved in April 2021, applications for the upcoming 2021/2022 Academic Year will be open
on Monday, May 10, 2021. Anyone who has a good first degree, is working in or desirous of
working in a communication-based field and is or aspires to be part of management related
functions would be an ideal candidate. The programme will be delivered in a blended fashion
and will take two (2) years to complete at roughly $14,500 US Dollars or $7,200 US Dollars
per year.

Individuals interested in specializing in Social Change Communication, can look forward to
mastering various communication skills associated with the design, implementation and evaluation or various projects with the aim of creating positive social change within Guyana,
the region, and the world. Specialized classes in the major include: Communication and Social
Change, Community Media and Public Sphere, Conflict, Peace, and Human Rights and Public
Policy. Career opportunities include: Social Change Communication Consultant, Policy
Analyst, Project Manager, Advocacy Officer, etc

Strategic Communication majors will grasp various aspects of commercial-related
communication for the purpose of being able to efficiently represent their organisations to the
communities in which they exist as well as the wider environment. Specialized classes in the
major include: Leadership Communication, Strategic Communication: Marketing, Public
Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility, Crisis Communication and Issues Management,
Public Policy and Communicating Narratives – Beyond PowerPoint. Career opportunities
include: Research Analyst, Public Relations Consultant, Marketing Consultant, Corporate
Communication Consultant, etc.

And finally Visual Communications majors will master techniques associated with pre-
productions, production, and post-production with a strong focus on visual elements utilizing a
variety of media with the broad aim of effectively communicating stories through visual
productions. They will be able to design, create, and package multimedia content of the highest
quality for public consumption. Specialized classes in the major include: Introduction to Visual
Communication, Animation Basics, Character Design and Animation, Art of Photography,
Cinematography and Sound and Light Design. Career opportunities include: Character
Animator, Motion Graphic Designer, Cinematographer, Fine Art Photographer, Sound
Engineer, Video & Audio Editor, Multimedia Producer, etc.

For more information please contact the Centre for Communication Studies, University of

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