What is the DeKA Difference?

The supportive collaboration, career development, artistic education, personal growth, and community our members find in DKA makes all the difference in their personal and professional success.

We call that undisputed value The DeKA Difference.

In addition to the desirable attributes of a national organization, DKA offers a common bond: a collaborative, ethical, and professional pursuance of the cinematic arts in its various branches. It is more than just a club to which one belongs for a couple of years while a student. Membership in DKA is for life.

Not only is DKA interested in developing professional skills and habits, but it is also deeply involved in developing character. Character includes those qualities that make an individual distinguishable as an upstanding leader in their field. The cinematic arts are advancing so fast that technical knowledge is changing at an ever-increasing rate, but professional character remains regardless of an artist’s career path.

DKA’s chapters provide a professional program of activities and resources to meet the shared needs of its members. A professional development program generally includes workshops, speakers, productions, skill-building exercises and projects, screenings, and interaction with members from other chapters and alumni. Chapters have community service projects through which the charitable organizations and local service groups benefits from the philanthropic and volunteer efforts of members. Most of all, DKA members are part of a national family, connected to the top film students from the top film schools in the world, who share a high standard of professional mastery and personal character.

DKA differs from other organizations to which our members often belong. The professional society combines the desirable features of professional fraternities, technical societies, honor societies, and training programs to prepare and support its members for their cinematic arts professions and a lifetime of supportive community and creative fulfillment.