Established on March 16, 1936, Delta Kappa Alpha is a National, Co-Educational, Professional Cinema Fraternity for cinematic arts students of character. DKA is named after Allen K. Dallas, the leading Founder and first President. His initials were reversed, and it was determined that each letter would stand for a basic art of cinema: Dramatic (Delta), Kinematic (Kappa), and Aesthetic (Alpha). Starting out as a Cinematography Fraternity for men at the University of Southern California, it slowly started to expand to other universities. Now, as a National organization with over 75 years of history and alumni, members are connected to the top cinema students at universities such as NYU, UCLA, Chapman, LMU, Columbia University, and many others. On top of this, DKA prides itself in emphasizing timeless personal and professional values and principles in its members. The Kappa Chapter was founded at The University of Tampa in 2013.
The vision of Delta Kappa Alpha is to be recognized as the premier institute of upstanding entertainment industry leaders. Not exclusive to film studies majors, DKA welcomes men and women, undergraduates and graduates, who are dedicated to fostering lifelong character, collaborative and creative storytelling, ethical and productive business practices, philanthropic action, and fraternal bonds by and between students of the cinematic arts.
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.