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There are four major reasons that people want to move to Norway: employment, education, protection, and family reunification. They are short and concise but explain a lot about the opportunities Norway p[rovide to foreigners. Thai article brings you how to immigrate to Norway as a fashion designer. 

How to immigrate to Norway as a fashion designer?

There are two ways you can immigrate to Norway as a fashion designer: 

  1. Study fashion design in a Norwegian university or college 
  2. Move to Norway as a fashion designer through a job offer 

Both ways are explained in detail as comes below: 

Study fashion design in a Norwegian university or college 

Follow these steps to study fashion design in Norway 

Step 1. Find a university that provides fashion designing 

To study fashion design in a Norwegian college or university, you need to find out which one provides this major. The below list are some of the best universities and centers that provide fashion design in Norway. 

  • University of Oslo
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • University of Bergen
  • University of Agder
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Step 2. Find the requirements and fulfill all of them 

Visit the university’s website and find out what the requirements are. You need to fulfill all of them and then apply for the program. The below list can be a sample of requirements to apply to the program; 

Language requirements 

  • TOEFL iBT:
  • IELTS Academic version 6.5 
  • PTE Academic

Industrial design skills 

  • ability to use a computer-aided design tool (CAD) on an advanced level
  • Being able to work with physical models, 
  • Can use hand drawings, both conceptually and communicatively

Have equivalent to 180 ECTS in design studies.

CV

Digital Portfolio

Motivation letter

The above requirements are for the Master of Design with the Oslo school of architecture and design. This is provided as a sample, and you need to visit the university or center you have picked to find the full list of requirements. 

Step 3. Receive the admission letter 

When the university agrees with your admission, they send you an admission letter or acceptance letter. Now you can apply for a student visa. 

You need to prepare a list of supporting documents and apply to the Norwegian embassy in your home country. It is also required to complete the application form on the UDI website. You can find the detailed application process on the student visa article from the right menu. 

When you get a student visa, you need to move to Norway and complete your education in the country. Then, you can get a job offer f\with an employer or company and apply for a work permit. 

This is one of the ways to immigrate to Norway as a fashion designer. But you need to work on your language proficiency and skills to get the offer from a Norwegian employer. 

Move to Norway as a fashion designer through a job offer 

You don’t have to study in Norway to move there as a fashion designer. You could also get there through a job offer. If you are not from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, you need a work visa and work permit to move to Norway and work for a Norwegian employer. Follow the below steps: 

Step 1. Look for a job offer from a Norwegian employer 

The first step is to look for a job as a fashion designer in Norway. The below websites are some of the best ones you can use to look for a job. Prepare a resume and apply for a job position relevant to your CV and background. 

  • Indeed Norway
  • Jobs in Oslo
  • The Local
  • Randstad
  • Jobbnorge
  • Adecco
  • CV Jobs Norway
  • Jobisland
  • Nav.no 
  • Rubrik
  • Craigslist Norway 

Step 2. Apply for a work permit 

When you find an employer who is willing to hire you, he/she needs to apply for a work permit. The employer has to apply to the immigration officials and get the work permit. 

The employer and employee need to sign a work contract with each other and exchange documents so the employer can apply for the work permit. 

Step 3. Apply for a work visa 

When the work permit is issued, the employee must apply to the Norwegian embassy or consulate in his/her home country to get a work visa. You can see the work visa article from the right sidebar to learn how to apply for a work visa and the requirements. 

When you get the visa, you may enter Norway and begin working for your employer.

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What are the requirements to Immigrate to Norway as a fashion designer?

The list of requirements to immigrate to Norway as a fashion designer is up the way you pick to move to the country. As explained above, there are two immigration ways to move to Norway as a fashion designer:

  • Student visa
  • Work visa

They are two completely different ways and have their differences. You would better visit the right sidebar and know what are the list of requirements.

When you want to apply for a student visa, you need to apply to the university or education center the apply for a student visa.

The first requirement for applying for a work visa is to get a job offer. Look at the above websites and look for a job position and try to get it. Then you can apply for a work visa.

What are the responsibilities of a fashion designer in Norway?

Tasks and responsibilities of a fashion designer in Norway is up to various factor:

  • Job position
  • The company you work with
  • Work experience
  • Market
  • Etc

Bear in mind that your position and exact duties need to be explained in the work contract.

Below are some of the tasks and responsibilities to get familiar with them:

  • Create a design or product.
  • Show models or designs to clients
  • Follow up on the latest trends in fashion design
  • Develop or plan ranges.
  • Cooperate with people in the design team, buyers, and forecasters
  • Create patterns and technical specifications for designs
  • Visit trade shows and manufacturers to source
  • Change current designs for mass production
  • Talk to suppliers and customers
  • Cooperate with models on fashions shows
  • Manage marketing
  • Taking care of finances and other business activities
  • Decide on fabrics
  • Get inspiration to create fresh and original designs.

To do each or some of the above tasks is up to the company and position you work with.

Fashion designer salary in Norway

The salary you will get as a fashion designer in Norway will be up to your work experience, skills, the company, and the position you work with. But there is a general salary that you can expect.

According to the Salary explorer website, the average salary of a fashion designer is about 504,000 NOK per year. But the least paid salary is 182,000 NOK, and the highest payment is 1,090,000 NOK. As explained,

One good way to find the average salary in your career is to search through the websites that advertise job positions. You can find a list of them in the above section.

Search the job position you want to work in and see how much the employers are willing to pay. You can expect the same amount or a bit (10%) higher.

The one point to remember about Norway is that work experience is the most important factor that determines your salary. The longer work experience you have with this company, the higher your salary will be. Also, your work experience with other companies also could raise your salary.

If you want to climb the career success ladder sooner, you would better try combining:

  • creativity,
  • perseverance,
  • resilience
  • good communication
  • networking skills.

What skills do you need to immigrate to Norway as a fashion designer?

As a fashion designer who wants to move to Norway, the first requirement is language fluency. Although most Norwegians speak English, and it is a common language, you would better get Norwegian fluency as well. Both ways of immigration as a student and through a job offer need language proficiency. Of course, the company you will work with or the course in university might be in English, but it is advised to be fluent in Norwegian.

The below skills also help you ease the way of the immigration process:

  • Flair, innovation, and creativity
  • Understanding of fabric, color, material, and their combination
  • Being able to produce ideas and products
  • Think outside of the box
  • Design by hand or through computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Technical skills
  • Business understanding of the market
  • Know the customer need and design for them.
  • Time management and organization
  • Team working skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Networking and well communication abilities
  • A  proactive approach to work

The more you know and learn about the fashion industry, the higher and better opportunity to immigrate to Norway as a fashion designer.

Fashion and clothing companies in Norway

The one thing you can do to move to Norway as a fashion designer is to keep up with clothing and fashion companies. Look at their websites and see if they have job opportunities or not. If you can not fulfill them, try to learn these skills and improve yourself.

You can follow these companies on job searching websites or indeed. Also, see in which direction of fashion they are moving to know the trends and ways:

  • Amorett Konfektionsfabrik
  • Kappahl AS Fredrikstad
  • Bergans
  • Norrøna Sport AS Sandvika
  • Dale of Norway
  • Falkanger Sko AS Trondheim
  • Dressmann
  • Skoinvest Alp AS Stjørdal
  • Varner Brand Stores AS Asker
  • Helly Hansen
  • Larssen Sko AS Haugesund
  • Holzweiler
  • Grønhaug Retail AS Bergen
  • New Yorker Norway AS Oslo
  • Moods of Norway
  • Bgn Retail AS Oslo
  • Stormberg AS Kristiansand
  • Follestad Trend AS Oslo
  • Norrøna
  • H & M Hennes & Mauritz AS Oslo
  • Oleana (clothing)
  • Gina Tricot AS Oslo

Let’s sum up…

This article brought you how a fashion designer can move to Norway. As you went through the article, there are two ways that a fashion designer can move to Norway; a student visa and a work visa. The article explained the two of them, but you can find out more details about each of them from the right sidebar.

If you have questions, write them down in the comment section. The Visa Library team will get to them right away.

Frequently asked questions about moving to Norway as a fashion designer

Can I move to Norway as a fashion designer?

Yes, you can move to the country through a work visa or student visa, see the article.

Is there a demand for fashion designer in Norway?

You need to search through the websites to see if there is a job offer or not.

What is my first step in moving to Norway as a fashion designer?

You need to get a job offer from a Norwegian employee.

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