Frequently Asked Questions
Established March 16, 1936, Delta Kappa Alpha (Î”KA) is a National, Co-Educational, Professional Cinema Fraternity for cinematic arts students of character. As a National organization with over 75 years of history and alumni, our members are connected to the top cinema students from top cinema schools at universities such as USC, NYU, UCLA, Chapman, UT Austin, LMU, Columbia University, and many others. DKA is grounded in timeless personal and professional values and principles, and as an organization, our vision 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.
The vision of Delta Kappa Alpha is to be recognized as the premier institute of upstanding entertainment industry leaders.
No ““ while the majority of Delta Kappa Alpha members are Cinema/Film/TV majors, the organization prides itself on its diverse student membership and can accept students from any major such as music, art, graphic design, animation, narrative studies, creative writing, engineering, etc. This Fraternity is for students that are passionate about the cinematic arts, that embody the Delta Kappa Alpha values, and that meet the basic requirements for undergraduate or honorary membership.
A Professional Fraternity has different values, a different focus, and is made up of different group of students that concentrate on developing their careers and interests in the cinematic arts. Students come together because they share similar ambitions, personal values, and create lifelong friendship through the learning and practice of the cinematic arts.
Delta Kappa Alpha is always recognized as the official Cinema Fraternity of it’s campus Cinema/Film/TV School. All public events are developed with the support and approval of the school’s staff and a Faculty Advisor. On campuses like UCLA, NYU, USC, Chapman, and others, the DKA chapters have provided support for their cinema programs goals by organizing philanthropic programming for film students (such as film mentorship for middle school and high school students), organizing film screenings/professional speakers series, establishing and improving Student Production Offices, hosting large Banquets that have drawn notable guests that have gone on to make donations to the hosting cinema school, and giving the university’s cinema school a partnership with a group of reliable student leaders of character.
Delta Kappa Alpha has an extremely strict ZERO TOLERANCE HAZING POLICY. Being a lifelong member of the fraternity is a fun and fulfilling experience and that is directly reflected in the Pledge Education Program. The process is entirely about educating new members on how the fraternity works in a fun and comfortable way.
Yes ““ we are open to members who are in Social Fraternities so long as they are able to satisfy the basic requirements of membership.
When helping create a colony, you build an organization that will better yourself, better the men and women who will join you, better the campus that will support you and better a National Fraternity that has more than a 75-year history of producing the leaders.
A Professional Co-Ed Fraternity is a group of men and women united by a common set of values, are interested in the same industry, who challenge one another to be the best version of themselves.
Anyone can join a fraternity. It takes a special type of person to break the mold, challenge the status quo and start a tradition of excellence. Imagine returning to your campus 20 years from today and seeing a group of quality men and women that share the same vision you helped to champion.
You embark on a journey to maximize individual and group abilities within the values of the Delta Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Imagine what a group of students with a common vision are capable of achieving. The magnitude of change you can foster will truly be a lasting legacy on your campus.
A colony is an affiliate group of men and women working towards an official Delta Kappa Alpha charter that will grant the group full chapter status.
The colony-to-charter process is an outline of the standard operational and performance metrics used to evaluate all colonies of Delta Kappa Alpha. The process is preparing the colony to perform at a high level of governance to attain prolonged success.
Delta Kappa Alpha will provide each colony with a fully trained and certified Board of Governors (volunteer advisory board) and a certified Domain Director (regional volunteer) to assist the colony with all aspects of fraternity life. A member of the Executive Offices staff will be readily available to assist in any way possible.
Time commitment will vary from student to student. Depending on your desires to hold a leadership position, whether a colony officer or as a committee member, a differentiated level of time is required. Factors such as academic workload, involvement in other student organizations and miscellaneous personal reasons will affect the level of time commitment you are willing to commit to a colony.
As a founding member, you will have the experience of planning the financial obligations of the organization. In conjunction with the Board of Governors, you will review three budget options to choose from for the first year of billing. Together, you will select the presented budget of $250 or $300 based around your goals and the desired allocation of funds. These options can be amended at the discretion of the Board of Governors.
An official Delta Kappa Alpha charter is given to colonies that have met all requirements to become a full chapter of the Fraternity. A charter grants the new chapter all rights and privileges outlined in the Delta Kappa Alpha Constitution, which includes, but is not limited to, Convention voting right and the ability to experience the ritualistic nature of the organization.
Since the aim of the Colony Program is to establish the foundation for a successful chapter, it is suggested that the colony consist primarily of members who will attend school for at least two years after colony status is granted. Seniors and graduate students are welcome to participate and can provide valuable leadership to the colony, but it is recommended that they make up less than 20% of the total membership of the colony. Any colony member who fulfills all requirements of the colony period and meets the eligibility requirements for initiation but graduates prior to the installation/reactivation of the chapter may be initiated with the other colony members, provided that their membership is approved by vote of the colony and that he or she attends the Initiation Ritual.