The Department of Music and Creative Technology is the newest department of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the first ever department to handle the technological, computerized aspects of music in the state university system of Sri Lanka. It started its journey as part of the Department of Languages, Cultural Studies and Performing Arts, one of the oldest departments of the university. By introducing new subject areas in keeping with the modern requirements of the world, and branching out to fields that are now a requirement in the arena of music worldwide, the Department of Music and Creative Technology offers greatly relevant and updated knowledge from which students will benefit largely and be more capable of adapting to the challenges of the modern world of music and entertainment industry. By introducing computer music technology in 2004, this is where the most modern methodologies with regard to music production were introduced as subjects to the state university system in Sri Lanka. Along with the new forms of knowledge, the department remains true to its core idea of producing versatile musicians and performers, and continues to teach the traditional forms of music to its students, the academics are always striving to improve the level of musicality and appreciation in those who learn from them. The staff consists of internationally recognized musicians - as performers and composers – among their number.
Students are provided with the opportunity to study Music as a Honours Degree or a Bachelors Degree. In the four year music Honours degree, apart from Hindustani classical music, students will be able to study Western music, Karnatic music, Applied Music, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, Creative Music Technology and Digital Video Production.
Students can either learn singing or a musical instrument in the tradition of the North Indian classical system. The instruments taughtare sitar, violin (eastern), tabla, esraj and flute.
The instruments that can be learnt in the Western music tradition are piano, cello, violin, viola and the guitar. The students are encouraged to sit the Grade 5 Music Examination of the Royal Schools of Music, or Trinity College of Music, London. Those who study Indian music will be given instruction also in piano, guitar, tabla and Sri Lankan percussion to ensure that students have a broad idea of music.
Composing a melody for a song lyric arrangement of music, composing for films, teledramas and advertisements.
Creative Music Technology:
Includes Desk-top Music Production (Midi), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Sound Design. The software used are Pro Tools, Cubase and Logic Pro.
Digital Video Production:
Includes Pre-production, Shooting, Editing and Post-production, Picture Quality in Video Images, Digital Video Software (by using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier and Avid) and 3D Animation and Graphics.