DKA was founded in 1936 at the University of Southern California on the principles of fostering lifelong character and collaboration, mastery of creative storytelling, ethical and productive career practices, constant growth and learning, philanthropic action, and a value-based professional community by and between cinematic artists. Today the fraternity has grown to become the oldest and largest professional cinema fraternity in the world, with chapters at top film schools in the world, and with a large and growing list of prominent alumni. The men and women of DKA reflect the cinema community’s diversity and are united by a common interest of professional development in the cinematic arts and collaboration through strong moral character.
Guided by core values and purpose, DKA focuses on providing ethical leadership and professional development. Through educational programs, resources, community service and a hands-on application of formal education, DKA students use the artistic skills they are taught in the classroom to acquire life skills such as the art of collaboration, communication, storytelling, career development, pitching, interviewing, genuine networking, and more.