Museums and galleries were closed, music venues restricted and dancing banned - there is no doubt that the arts sector was hit hard by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
However, one part of the arts sector is booming and two Macarthur stepsisters have decided to take advantage of that
Ambarvale locals Nicole Carino Pangilinan and Chanel Bohol say they decided to join the graphic design industry at the right time.
Ms Carino Pangilinan, 22, completed a Diploma of Graphic Design at TAFE NSW Campbelltown and has since gained employment locally as a Junior Graphic Designer at AMR Hair and Beauty Supplies.
"I've always known I wanted to do something creative as a career, so after moving to Australia from Spain with my family a few years ago, I enrolled in the TAFE NSW Certificate III in Graphic Design, and then went on to complete the Diploma," she said.
"The teachers were so supportive and really wanted me to succeed, and I enjoyed gaining hands-on, technical skills which helped me land a job in my chosen field."
Ms Carino Pangilinan the graphic design field had faired better than many other creative fields.
"We can work from home so that isn't an issue and I think graphic designers will always be in high demand," she said.
"We work with companies and people who have a vision for a particular product or idea.
"Graphic design is what you see online, the packaging on items and more."
Ms Bohol, 22, decided to enrol in the Diploma of Graphic Design at TAFE NSW Campbelltown to hone her design skills after taking a gap year.
"The TAFE NSW course has helped me to develop my creative style and will open the door for me to pursue a career in graphic design, like my stepsister Nicole," she said.
TAFE NSW head teacher of design Emma Lawes said the Diploma of Graphic Design opened up rewarding career pathways in creative fields.
"Nicole and Chanel are prime examples of the opportunities TAFE NSW provides those looking to strengthen their creative and technical design skills and gain a nationally recognised qualification," Ms Lawes said.
"Students will learn valuable skills such as digital illustration techniques, hand drawing and illustration, 3D design and construction, and how to work through the design process from initial design to final product."
To find out more, visit: www.tafensw.edu.au or call: 131 601.