Delta Kappa Alpha is a national, co-educational, professional cinema society.
A PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY
As a professional society, DKA is made up of students and alumni that collaboratively focus on strengthening personal character and professionally developing their careers in the cinematic arts. Students come together because they share similar ambitions, personal values, and create lifelong community through the learning and practice of the cinematic arts. Along with some of the benefits of sharing elements of a fraternity structure, a professional fraternity offers additional advantages, placing an emphasis on networking and educational experiences. We exist to share our passion for cinema while teaching and learning from each other, giving members a diverse network of people to interact with and engage with as a professional support system.
The mission of Delta Kappa Alpha is to foster lifelong character, collaborative and creative storytelling, ethical and productive business practices, philanthropic action, and fraternal bonds by and between students of the cinematic arts.
We give students significant opportunities to develop their skills and experiences for resume and portfolio refinement. Guest speakers are commonly invited to present to members on career-related topics. Workshops, covering topics from resume creation to script coverage, are essential to our society. Members may also get involved in community programs and educational speaking opportunities in the field. DKA Job and Internship Bulletin Boards also present another pathway to find internship opportunities to meet school requirements or to better prepare for a career.
Delta Kappa Alpha was first organized in 1935 as a Professional Cinematography Fraternity for men. Receiving its National Charter, the Fraternity was founded on March 16, 1936, in Bridge Hall of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.
Delta Kappa Alpha expanded in 1949 when a Beta Chapter formed at Boston University. Additional chapters were established at Gamma Chapter at NYU in 1950, and Delta Chapter at UCLA in 1953.
Delta Kappa Alpha quickly became a powerful name in the entertainment industry with its annual Banquets. These banquets were for the purposes of inducting pledge members into active members and inducting Cinema icons with honorary membership before a hall of industry professionals and journalists. These Banquets became so renowned that they were considered one of the year's top three most distinguished and celebrated events in Hollywood.
By 1979, however, all of the chapters deactivated because of the anti-establishment period that shut down chapters and Greek organizations across the country. Former National President and National Secretary Herbert E. Farmer protected the Fraternity’s History through his well-preserved Archive. This made it possible for the Fraternity to be resurrected at the University of Southern California in 2009 by Grace Lee and Hillary Levi. Now the Fraternity thrives with its overhauled and improved national structure, passionate membership, and close-knit alumni.
More than two decades ago, DKA alumnus Paul Newman had a vision: imagine if children with serious illnesses had the chance to simply be children. To just have fun. So he started a camp where kids could, in his words, “raise a little hell.” Today, we continue Paul’s legacy with SeriousFun Children’s Network, a growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and partnership programs that create opportunities for children and their families to reach beyond serious illness and discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities-always free of charge.