About DKA

Delta Kappa Alpha

Delta Kappa Alpha is a national, professional, gender-inclusive cinema fraternity. Established at University of Southern California in 1936, Delta Kappa Alpha now has chapters at over 20 universities. Delta chapter was founded at UCLA in 1953, forming an extensive history of tradition on campus.

Our Purpose Statements

Vision Statement

The vision of Delta Kappa Alpha is to be recognized as the premier institute of upstanding entertainment industry leaders.

Open Motto

“ΑΛΗΘΕΙΑ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΑΡΑΙΣΘΗΣΗ“ or “Truth in Illusion”

Public Slogan

Cinematic Artists of Character.

Mission Statement

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.

Notable Alumni

Alfred Hitchcock

Billy Wilder

Edith Head

George Lucas

Julie Andrews

Kirk Douglas

Lucille Ball

Orson Wells

Steven Spielberg

And that's just a few...

About Delta Chapter - UCLA DKA

History

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.

The ten men agreed on the name Delta Kappa Alpha because it was the reverse of the initials of the leading Founder and first President, Allen K. Dallas, they determined that each letter will stand for a basic art of the Cinema – Dramatic (Delta), Kinematic (Kappa), and Aesthetic (Alpha).

Two years later, in March, 1938, they established the National Board of Officers, with Jack McClelland serving as the first National President.

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. 

Archive Photos

At A Glance

Colors

Deep Royal Blue and Old Gold

Mascot

Dragon

Flower

White Carnation

Symbol

Film Camera

Visual Theme

Classic Hollywood/Old Studio System Period

Nickname

DeKA (Pronounced ‘dekə) Meaning: “10” / “ten” in Greek, representing the 10 Founders and the 10 Jewels of a Delta Kappa Alpha Member. (Ex. I am a DeKA. DeKA’s having a screening tomorrow.)

Jewels

Creative, Curious, Enthusiastic, Generous, Honest, Humble, Proactive, Reliable, Resourceful, Respectful

The Farmer Tripod

Selflessness & Loyalty
Constant Learning & Adaptability
“Do-It-Yourself” Inventiveness & Problem-Solving

Creed

“I believe in Delta Kappa Alpha, its principles and its traditions. I will be loyal to my college, my chapter, and my Fraternity by keeping strong ties and retaining the spirit of youth. In helping others follow their bliss, I shall ask for no reward, I shall seek no glory. I will put character above wealth and my actions will follow my word. I will preserve the history of Cinema and the heritage of my Fraternity. I say with all sincerity; Delta Kappa Alpha has given me honor and distinction; the bond of our fellowship is reciprocal, I will endeavor to so develop myself and so conduct myself that I will ever be a credit to our Fraternity.”

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